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Solid Lille hold Milan in check

Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 0.35CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 0-0 AC Milan A combination of spirited teamwork and wayward finishing denied the six-time European champions.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Félix-Bollaert

Match statistics

LilleMilan

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners4
 
5
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed22
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan24
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht22
LOSC Lille LOSC22
AEK Athens FC AEK21
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 0.35CET

Solid Lille hold Milan in check

LOSC Lille Métropole 0-0 AC Milan A combination of spirited teamwork and wayward finishing denied the six-time European champions.

A combination of spirited teamwork and wayward finishing from their opponents enabled LOSC Lille Métropole to claim an impressive 0-0 draw against six-time European champions AC Milan as both teams maintained their unbeaten start to Group H.

Stout defending
Having conceded seven goals in their last two Ligue 1 outings, some believed Lille's porous defence would provide rich pickings for the aristocrats from Milan, but the French side are not famed for their tidy collective play for nothing and ultimately had as many good chances as the visitors to take victory.

Home comforts
Claude Puel feared playing games at RC Lens's ground would negate the home advantage a noisy and partisan crowd can supply, but the lineups told of his attacking intent. While Filippo Inzaghi was surprisingly left on the bench by Carlo Ancelotti, the Lille coach took the rare but ambitious decision to field a second striker in Nicolas Fauvergue. Perhaps fittingly, it was the latter who had the first glimpse of goal but his shot was blocked by Alessandro Nesta's sliding tackle.

Gilardino header
Milan began to make their presence felt with some snappy one-touch play, yet Fauvergue looked determined to justify his selection and fired over from close range after Kader Keita picked him out with a menacing cross. The bulk of the possession belonged to the Serie A giants, however, and they came within centimetres of taking the lead just before the half-hour when lone forward Alberto Gilardino shaved Tony Sylva's far post with a glancing header.

Sylva save
Keita responded immediately with a dancing run through the Milan midfield, yet his curled effort lacked sufficient power to trouble Dida. The Brazilian international then kept out a Peter Odemwingie attempt, but it was his Lille counterpart who made the first crucial intervention, racing back to block Kaká's effort after the playmaker had rounded him and seemed certain to score. Suddenly the Rossoneri were rampant, and Gilardino ended the half with a low drive that span narrowly wide.

End-to-end action
The visitors started in the same vein after the break, Kaká slightly underhitting one shot and Clarence Seedorf having a strike disallowed for offside. Lille had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring themselves when another mazy dribble from Keita finished with the fleet-footed winger sending his effort fractionally over. The Ivorian was quickly becoming his side's key man, while at the other end Kaká breezed past Milivoje Vitakić before aiming his shot too close to Sylva. Grégory Tafforeau committed a similar error from distance, but even a superb angled header from Mathieu Bodmer failed to beat Dida, who pushed the ball wide at full stretch.

Goalkeeping excellence
Indeed, with both custodians appearing more and more unbeatable as time wore on, not even Inzaghi was able to stop the match heading towards a stalemate after being introduced towards the end. Lille next play AEK Athens FC home and away, with Milan facing RSC Anderlecht on Matchdays 3 and 4.

Last updated: 27/09/06 10.25CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

milan

Milan

1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
Substitution85
2
CafuCafu
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
13
FauvergueNicolas Fauvergue
Substitution62
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
14
OdemwingiePeter Odemwingie
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
17
MakounJean Makoun
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Substitution76
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau (C)
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Yellow Card88
22
VitakićMilivoje Vitakić
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
22
KakáKaká
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)

Substitutes

16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
Substitution85
7
OliveiraRicardo Oliveira
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+4
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution76
8
BastosMichel Bastos
17
ŠimićDario Šimić
9
AudelJohan Audel
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi

Coach

Claude Puel (FRA) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pedro Medina Hernandez (ESP), Javier Novoa Robles (ESP)

Fourth official

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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