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Miccoli strike sends Eagles soaring

Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.45CET
SL Benfica 1-0 LOSC Lille Métropole Fabrizio Miccoli headed a late winner to give Ronald Koeman his first victory since moving to Lisbon.
by Duncan White

Match statistics

BenficaLille

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
12
Corners4
 
4
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
25
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.45CET

Miccoli strike sends Eagles soaring

SL Benfica 1-0 LOSC Lille Métropole Fabrizio Miccoli headed a late winner to give Ronald Koeman his first victory since moving to Lisbon.

SL Benfica enjoyed a dramatic late victory on their return to the UEFA Champions League group stage after an absence of seven years.

Koeman first
The home side were being held to a goalless draw by a well-organised LOSC Lille Métropole at Estádio da Luz before Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli headed a winning goal in the second minute of added time to give coach Ronald Koeman only his second competitive triumph since taking charge of the Portuguese champions.

Tough on Sylva
It was tough on Lille, for whom goalkeeper Tony Sylva had been exceptional throughout, but Miccoli's skill and intelligent running had given them problems all night and a late lapse of concentration in the visiting defence gave him the chance to secure all three Group D points.

Koeman changes
Koeman made four changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Sporting Clube de Portugal on Saturday. Nuno Gomes came into the attack, Geovanni and Petit into midfield, and Léo into the defence at left-back. By contrast, Lille were a side finding their early-season form. Coach Claude Puel fielded a new strike force of Daniel Gygax and Matt Moussilou, with Milenko Ačimovič and Peter Odemwingie making way despite a 2-0 Ligue 1 success at FC Metz at the weekend.

Miccoli goes close
The first half began at a high intensity which did not slow until the break. Benfica played a swift passing game, with Miccoli and Simão finding space on the left flank. Only two good saves from Sylva denied the compact Italian from opening the scoring, the first from a shot that kicked up off the turf and the second after the former Juventus FC man had skipped past his marker on the edge of the area. But even Sylva could do nothing about Miccoli's ninth-minute volley that came crashing back off the crossbar.

Moussilou miss
Lille were not being outclassed by any means. The visitors were playing a patient counterattacking game and while they conceded possession too often in the early stages, they had two good opportunities. First Jean Makoun headed over when unmarked from a Gygax corner, then Moussilou dragged a shot wide of an open goal after Geoffrey Dernis had knocked the ball back from the by-line.

Half-time changes
Both coaches made a change at half-time. Puel brought on the more defensive Matthieu Debuchy for Gygax, the Swiss winger who faded quickly after a promising beginning, while Koeman introduced Brazilian defender Anderson for Ricardo Rocha – who had been booked – to try to nullify Moussilou's pace.

Debuchy denied
With an hour played, Puel's switch almost paid off. Debuchy struck a remarkable effort on the half-volley from 30 metres which looked destined for the bottom corner before swinging late and wide. Minutes earlier Mathieu Bodmer had nodded a Dernis corner over at the near post. Despite Benfica starting to dominate in the latter stages, Lille still counterattacked with fervour. Left-back Grégory Tafforeau sprinted down the left with 72 minutes gone but his pull-back was hit wildly over by Dernis.

Dramatic finish
Sylva commanded his area with distinction throughout, quick to claim crosses and sweep up attempted long passes. With ten minutes left he again frustrated Benfica, diving to repel a shot from Georgios Karagounis after the Greek midfielder had dribbled to the edge with the visiting defence backing off. Lille thought they had earned an impressive draw. Miccoli had other ideas.

Last updated: 15/09/05 1.47CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

losc

LOSC

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
5
LéoLéo
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Yellow Card54
6
PetitPetit
Substitution67
8
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
Substitution84
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution80
9
MoussilouMatt Moussilou
Substitution71
14
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
10
GygaxDaniel Gygax
Yellow Card8
Substitution46
20
SimãoSimão (C)
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
17
MakounJean Makoun
22
NélsonNélson
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau (C)
30
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli
Goal90+2
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
Yellow Card20
Substitution46
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
Yellow Card11

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
3
AndersonAnderson
Substitution46
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
Substitution46
7
CarlitosCarlitos
13
FauvergueNicolas Fauvergue
9
MantorrasMantorras
Substitution80
14
OdemwingiePeter Odemwingie
Substitution71
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution67
15
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
16
BetoBeto
19
FranquartPeter Franquart
18
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Substitution84

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Adrianus Inia (NED), Jantinus Meints (NED)

Fourth official

Pieter Vink (NED)

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