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Stalemate at final destination

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2005, 0.50CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 0-0 Villarreal CF
A goalless draw at the Stade de France left both sides still searching for their first Group D goal.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade de France

Match statistics

LilleVillarreal

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target11
 
7
Corners1
 
7
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 September 2005, 0.50CET

Stalemate at final destination

LOSC Lille Métropole 0-0 Villarreal CF
A goalless draw at the Stade de France left both sides still searching for their first Group D goal.

LOSC Lille Métropole and Villarreal CF are still looking for their first goals in UEFA Champions League Group D after a hard-fought encounter at the Stade de France ended in stalemate.

No complaints
Two of the competition's least experienced sides, Lille and Villarreal showed plenty of ambition but lacked punch in the final third as numerous flowing moves came to nothing. Villarreal's best opportunity fell to Luciano Figueroa in the first half, while Lille's Peter Odemwingie hit the crossbar after the break, but neither coach could complain about the final score.

Adventurous lineup
Lille coach Claude Puel named an adventurous lineup for his team's first game at the Stade de France, with Matt Moussilou partnering Odemwingie in attack, while central midfielders Mathieu Bodmer and Jean Makoun were flanked by the attack-minded Mathieu Debuchy and Milenko Ačimovič.

Early openings
Encouraged by the large number of supporters who had travelled from Lille, the Ligue 1 side began well, creating a series of early openings. Moussilou, who was returning to his roots having grown up in the Saint-Denis area, almost had a dream start when Ačimovič put him clear, but the striker shot tamely into the side-netting.

Deep cross
Lille seemed to relish the chance to play in France's national stadium, but failed to make their initial dominance count. Odemwingie fired wide from the edge of the area on three minutes before Debuchy headed Grégory Tafforeau's deep cross over the bar.

First chance
Villarreal had restored Alessio Tacchinardi to their team, and the experienced Italian, positioned in front of the back four, was soon helping to stem the Lille tide. With the influence of Argentinian duo Juan Román Riquelme and Juan Pablo Sorín also growing, the Spanish club created their first opportunity on 17 minutes, Diego Forlán escaping down the left and crossing just too far in front of Figueroa.

Riquelme brilliance
The sides looked evenly matched, but a moment of brilliance from Riquelme almost broke the deadlock just before the half-hour. The former FC Barcelona player fizzed a free-kick over the Lille wall, but the ball flashed fractionally wide of Tony Sylva's near post.

Deflected wide
The hosts showed that they too have offensive quality as Ačimovič chipped intelligently through for Odemwingie, whose header looped over Sebastián Viera and over the bar. It was Villarreal who had the best opening of the period, however, Figueroa slipping the offside trap but seeing his effort deflected wide by the advancing Sylva.

Tipped over
Lille replaced Bodmer with Stéphane Dumont at half-time, while Villarreal introduced Marcos Senna in place of Sorín. Both teams appeared determined to secure their first Group D win and the game started to open up. The ever-dangerous Figueroa met a centre from the right on 52 minutes, but his header was tipped over by Sylva.

Arruabarrena timing
With the action flowing from end to end, Odemwingie found space on the left and crossed low for Moussilou who was denied by Rodolfo Arruabarrena's perfectly-timed challenge. Jan Kromkamp was having difficulty keeping Odemwingie quiet and the Nigerian was unfortunate to see his 56th-minute strike rebound off the woodwork from an acute angle.

Viera save
Both teams continued to construct moves with good, short passing, but neither could find the killer touch. Arruabarrena nodded Riquelme's free-kick over before Lille drew Viera into his first real save of the night, the Villarreal keeper punching out Makoun's close-range header. The draw leaves Lille bottom of the group with one point, while Villarreal have two.

Last updated: 27/09/05 23.49CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

villarreal

Villarreal

1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
13
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
Yellow Card11
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
Yellow Card28
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution84
9
MoussilouMatt Moussilou
Substitution74
6
JosicoJosico
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution46
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
14
OdemwingiePeter Odemwingie
9
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
15
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Substitution85
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
Substitution46
17
MakounJean Makoun
15
KromkampJan Kromkamp
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau (C)
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
Substitution57
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
18
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Yellow Card15
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña

Substitutes

16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Substitution57
8
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
Substitution85
4
ArzoCésar Arzo
11
AboucherouaneHicham Aboucherouane
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution84
13
FauvergueNicolas Fauvergue
Substitution74
10
Roger GarcíaRoger García
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
19
SennaMarcos Senna
Substitution46
29
DumontStéphane Dumont
Substitution46
20
ValenciaAntonio Valencia

Coach

Claude Puel (FRA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Stefan Wittberg (SWE)

Fourth official

Ake Andreasson (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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