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Van der Sar feels for Lille

Published: Wednesday 21 February 2007, 14.18CET
Edwin van der Sar had sympathy for LOSC Lille Métropole after Manchester United FC's late winner in France saw off a side "who made life difficult for us".
by Chris Burke
from Lens
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 21 February 2007, 14.18CET

Van der Sar feels for Lille

Edwin van der Sar had sympathy for LOSC Lille Métropole after Manchester United FC's late winner in France saw off a side "who made life difficult for us".

Edwin van der Sar believes Manchester United FC fully deserved their 1-0 victory at LOSC Lille Métropole in Lens last night after a piece of quick-thinking settled the contest.

Giggs goal
United seemed destined to settle for a goalless draw ahead of the first knockout round return at Old Trafford in two weeks' time after a lively encounter that had seen chances for both teams. That was until a quickly-taken Ryan Giggs free-kick in the 83rd minute caught home goalkeeper Tony Sylva off-guard, ultimately consigning a disappointed Lille to a first-ever home defeat at this level. "I thought it was a valid goal," said Sylva's opposite number Van der Sar, back in the United lineup after a broken nose. "As a goalkeeper myself I can sympathise, because it's the sort of thing that only happens once in your career."

Away form
The first clean sheet in four games in Europe has set the two-time continental champions well on the road to a first appearance in the quarter-finals since 2002/03, and also signalled a return to winning ways abroad following consecutive defeats at FC København and Celtic FC. "We lost our last two away games in this competition so this was a very good result for us," added the Dutch international. "Lille might not have a big reputation, but they have good, fast players. They made life difficult for us in the last 20 minutes, especially when they moved [Mathieu] Bodmer further forward. We had a good game, though, and now we're well-placed for the second leg."

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