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Underdogs Nantes top Group D

Published: Tuesday 30 October 2001, 22.59CET
FC Nantes Atlantique advanced from UEFA Champions League Group D into the second group stage after beating S.S. Lazio 1-0 in a closely fought game in the Beaujoire stadium.

Match statistics

NantesLazio

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners5
 
2
Offsides1
 
12
Fouls committed12
 
26
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
FC Nantes  Nantes611
Galatasaray AŞ Galatasaray610
PSV Eindhoven PSV67
SS Lazio Lazio66
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 30 October 2001, 22.59CET

Underdogs Nantes top Group D

FC Nantes Atlantique advanced from UEFA Champions League Group D into the second group stage after beating S.S. Lazio 1-0 in a closely fought game in the Beaujoire stadium.

FC Nantes Atlantique advanced from UEFA Champions League Group D into the second group stage after beating S.S. Lazio 1-0 in a closely fought game in the Beaujoire stadium.

Luckless Lazio
The decisive goal came in the 72nd minute when Pierre-Yves André's near-post flicked header - from Nicolas Laspalles cross - looped over Angelo Peruzzi into the net. The defeat means that Nantes top the group while Lazio finish bottom and miss out on a UEFA Cup place.

Missed chances
The goal came at just the right time for Nantes as Lazio, who had played cautiously on the counterattack in the first half, had begun to suggest that they might just take control of the game. Both Hernán Crespo and Darko Kovacevic had missed good chances for the Italian club just before André's headed goal.

Poor return
In the build-up to the match, Lazio coach Alberto Zaccheroni had conceded that his main worry was that his strikers had struggled to find their form this season. The Roman club have now managed just seven goals in 13 matches and in the Champions League group stage only one of their strikers - Claudio López - had found the net and that was from the penalty spot.

Prophetic fears
Zaccheroni's fears proved prophetic as that lack of striking intent was once again evident in the Beaujoire. López and Crespo failed to gel as a partnership in the first half, so much so that at the interval Zaccheroni replaced López with Simone Inzaghi. The switch produced a more productive approach in the final third, although it was not enough.
 
Midfield misery
If Lazio's strikers had a disappointing night, so did the likes of Stefano Fiore and Gaizka Mendieta, who never provided sufficient quality of service to their strikers. Indeed for most of the match the Lazio midfield was out-thought by Nantes' middle trio of Eric Djemba-Djemba, Salomon Olembe and Sylvain Armand. Mendieta, in particular, had another quiet game and was substituted midway through the second half.

Close first half
The opening half of the game testified to the tense nature of the occasion. The initial exchanges were like a game of chess as each side probed one another as they sought to discover the others weakness. Nantes had the better of that period of the game and the invention and movement of the two Cameroonians, Djemba-Djemba and Olembe, and Armand was always to the fore.

Impressive night
Stéphane Ziani also had another impressive night as he dropped back to receive the ball from his midfield as well as to create space for the Nantes forwards Hassan Ahamada and André. So tight was the game during those opening 45 minutes that there was only one real chance created by either team. That fell to Nantes when Nicolas Laspalles' free-kick from the right found Armand whose glancing header shaved a post.

 

Last updated: 15/11/12 18.21CET

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Lineups

nantes

Nantes

lazio

Lazio

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK) (C)
70
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
2
FabbriNestor Fabbri
3
CésarCésar
3
LaspallesNicolas Laspalles
6
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Substitution68
5
GilletNicolas Gillet
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
Substitution46
6
OlembeSalomon Olembe
10
CrespoHernán Crespo
11
AndréPierre-Yves André
Goal72
Substitution87
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta (C)
Yellow Card56
12
DelhommeauPascal Delhommeau
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
Yellow Card38
17
AhamadaHassan Ahamada
Substitution66
18
NegroPaolo Negro
20
Djemba-DjembaEric Djemba-Djemba
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Yellow Card79
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
20
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution83
29
ZianiStéphane Ziani
31
StamJaap Stam

Substitutes

16
GrondinWilly Grondin (GK)
22
ConcettiEmanuele Concetti (GK)
8
da RochaFrédéric da Rocha
Substitution66
4
D. BaggioDino Baggio
15
SavinaudNicolas Savinaud
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution83
19
VahiruaMarama Vahirua
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
21
QuintOlivier Quint
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution68
24
DeroffYves Deroff
Substitution87
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
Substitution46
31
DevineauCharles Devineau
24
CoutoFernando Couto

Coach

Raynald Denoueix (FRA) Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Roe Vidar Lien (NOR)

Fourth official

Kjell Alseth (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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