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Late rally leaves Lille dreaming

Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.20CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 3-1 AEK Athens FC Daniel Gygax and Jean II Makoun scored late goals as Lille moved clear in second position in Group H.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Félix-Bollaert

Match statistics

LilleAEK

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners6
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed28
 
24
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan37
LOSC Lille LOSC35
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht32
AEK Athens FC AEK31
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.20CET

Late rally leaves Lille dreaming

LOSC Lille Métropole 3-1 AEK Athens FC Daniel Gygax and Jean II Makoun scored late goals as Lille moved clear in second position in Group H.

LOSC Lille Métropole took a significant step towards securing a first-ever qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage as late goals from Daniel Gygax and Jean II Makoun earned a 3-1 victory over Group H rivals AEK Athens FC in France.

Crucial win
The northerners still trail AC Milan by two points at the top of the standings, but are three points clear of RSC Anderlecht - their Matchday 5 opponents - with three rounds to play. Qualification seemed a distant dream when AEK substitute Vladimir Ivić took just four minutes to cancel out Mathieu Robail's 64th-minute opener. In a carbon copy of their first breakthrough, however, substitute Gygax converted Kader Keita's dangerous cross with eight minutes remaining, before Makoun sealed the result in added time.

Cabaye chances
Lille's main failing of late has been their hesitancy in the opening period of games, but there was a patent urgency to their play right from the off and they could have taken the lead as early as the second minute when visiting goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino cleared straight to Yohan Cabaye under pressure from Peter Odemwingie. Deemed fit enough to start, the France Under-21 midfielder mishit his first-time lob, and soon afterwards directed a shot straight at Sorrentino from the edge of the area.

Sylva save
Having not played since 30 September, AEK gradually warmed to their task and threatened when Emerson headed narrowly over from a corner. Likewise, Dániel Tözsér found space on the left to send in a vicious low drive that fizzed past Tony Sylva's far post. Those appeared to be temporary blips when Sorrentino was forced to keep out a point-blank Mathieu Bodmer header, but with 30 minutes gone Júlio César prompted a spectacular diving stop from Sylva with a curling effort from 20 metres that seemed destined for the top-left corner.

Odemwingie off target
That signalled a difficult spell for the hosts, yet they almost broke the deadlock at the close of the half when Odemwingie's deflected strike fell kindly to Robail who could only find the side-netting. Odemwingie will also feel he should have done better when released by Keita's probing cross shortly after the restart, his attempt from distance lacking the power to trouble Sorrentino.

Puel move
Indeed, with both defences snuffing out openings and the match locked in midfield, it was no surprise when Lille introduced forward Kevin Mirallas. Although the Belgian was not directly involved in the move that followed, the hosts were celebrating after Keita cut inside Bruno Cirillo on the touchline and, spotting Robail in front of goal, fired in a low centre that his team-mate turned in confidently.

Powerful equaliser
It was exactly what the home fans had been crying out for, yet they were silenced moments later when Nikolaos Liberopoulos set up Ivić to crack a powerful shot past an immobile Sylva. Just 21 minutes after coming on, Ivić then left the game on a stretcher following a clash with Keita. There was more drama to come, however, as Gygax stabbed in another Keita assist before Makoun's fine finish added gloss to a successful night's work.

Last updated: 18/10/06 0.33CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

aek

AEK

1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
28
SorrentinoStefano Sorrentino (GK)
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
Yellow Card57
5
CirilloBruno Cirillo
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution64
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Yellow Card38
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
16
ZikosAkis Zikos
14
OdemwingiePeter Odemwingie
Substitution78
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution71
17
MakounJean Makoun
Goal90+1
24
UdezeIfeanyi Udeze
Yellow Card10
18
M. RobailMathieu Robail
Yellow Card61
Goal64
Substitution78
25
EmersonEmerson
Yellow Card70
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau (C)
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos (C)
Yellow Card62
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Yellow Card73
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
Substitution56
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
Yellow Card45+2
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
4
MorasVangelis Moras
10
GygaxDaniel Gygax
Substitution78
Goal82
7
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
Substitution77
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
Substitution78
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
Substitution71
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
13
PautassoMartin Pautasso
27
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution64
17
IvićVladimir Ivić
Substitution56
Goal68
Substitution77
29
DumontStéphane Dumont
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos

Coach

Claude Puel (FRA) Ceri Richards (WAL)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Brych (GER)

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