Lille coach Claude Puel felt there was little to choose between his side and Manchester United in the defeat at Old Trafford.
The French side went into the game trailing 1-0 from the first leg and ultimately lost the tie 2-0 on aggregate following Henrik Larsson's 72nd minute header.
But Lille put United under some pressure before Larsson's goal and Puel believes his side could have gone on to force an equaliser if they had not conceded.
"It came down to small things," Puel told French TV.
"We were able to put them under pressure and created some chances.
"That goal we conceded was a pity because we were still in contention for victory then."
The events of the first leg have dominated the headlines for the past fortnight but Puel admits it is time to move on.
He explained: "Let's not talk about the first leg. We've done that enough already."
Lille defender Mathieu Chalme was proud of his team's efforts but acknowledged that United had deserved to progress.
"We gave it all we had and have no reason to be ashamed of ourselves," he said.
"If you take both matches into account, I think the best team won."