Túlio de Melo helps Lille qualify for Champions League with extra-time goal
Brazilian striker Túlio de Melo scored an extra-time goal to help Lille overcome FC Copenhagen and qualify for the group phase of the Champions League.
The 27-year-old headed in a cross from Nolan Roux in the 105th minute to give the French side a 2-0 victory on the night and a 2-1 win on aggregate.
Lille had been left shell-shocked following their 1-0 loss in Copenhagen last week but they took a 43rd-minute lead, at their new Grand Stade home, with Lucas Digne scoring his first goal for the club.
Túlio de Melo, who almost doubled the hosts' lead in the 84th minute with a header onto the crossbar, said: "It was a very important game and we had the heart to win and move onto the next stage of the Champions League.
“It was not an easy game because there was a quality team in front of us but we gave everything on the field tonight and it paid off.
“Personally I am very happy to have scored the qualifying goal at the new stadium.”
Túlio de Melo joined Lille from Palermo in 2008 for a fee of €4 million. The striker has been in fine form recently despite undergoing thigh surgery in December.
Elsewhere in the competition, Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Dynamo Kiev, 2-1, but were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate, and Celtic advanced to the group stage for the first time since 2008 by beating Helsingborg, 2-0, with a 4-0 overall win. Spartak Moscow and Cluj of Romania also advanced.