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Mpenza frustrates Lille ambitions

Published: Wednesday 22 November 2006, 0.25CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 2-2 RSC Anderlecht Mbo Mpenza twice erased Lille leads but his side are out while the French team face a tough task on Matchday 6.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Félix-Bollaert

Match statistics

LilleAnderlecht

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target13
 
2
Corners4
 
3
Offsides0
6
Fouls committed11
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan510
AEK Athens FC AEK57
LOSC Lille LOSC56
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht53
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 22 November 2006, 0.25CET

Mpenza frustrates Lille ambitions

LOSC Lille Métropole 2-2 RSC Anderlecht Mbo Mpenza twice erased Lille leads but his side are out while the French team face a tough task on Matchday 6.

RSC Anderlecht are out of the UEFA Champions League despite two fantastic Mbo Mpenza equalisers against an LOSC Lille Métropole team who now require a result at AC Milan to stand a chance of joining the Rossoneri in the knockout rounds.

Final-day deciders
Mpenza, back from injury, levelled late in the first half following Peter Odemwingie's opener and struck again seconds after Nicolas Fauvergue had restored Lille's lead. With AEK Athens FC defeating Milan 1-0 in the other Group H fixture, Lille have fallen a point behind the Greek side and must at least draw in Italy on Matchday 6, when Anderlecht will be hoping to earn a place in the UEFA Cup.

Sell-out crowd
With so much at stake, it was unfortunate that conditions hampered both teams' passing games. Driving rain had left the pitch in Lens looking far from its usual immaculate UEFA Champions League state, but the noise from the sell-out crowd left little doubt about the scale of the event. And it was the visiting contingent who had the first reason to cheer, when Bart Goor arrowed in a dangerous cross from the left that Lille goalkeeper Tony Sylva cut off low down.

Hassan chance
The home side soon posed a threat of their own, however, with Odemwingie steering an effort just wide on the turn, following typically lively work from Kader Keita. But as good as that chance was, Ahmed Hassan perhaps ought to have put the Belgian champions in front when he found himself alone in front of goal after 15 minutes. Instead, his weak strike was gratefully scooped up by Sylva.

Odemwingie opener
That may have been just the wake-up call Claude Puel's men needed, because 12 minutes later they broke the deadlock, Fauvergue pouncing on Olivier Deschacht's goalline error to pick out Odemwingie with a low cutback. The Nigerian forward calmly angled his drive well to the left of Davy Schollen for his first goal since 9 September.

More goals
If Lille believed their opponents would simply roll over, though, they were in for a shock seven minutes before half-time when Mpenza latched on to Lucas Biglia's through-ball and scored in off the post via Sylva's gloves. Both teams were vibrant now, and within three minutes of the restart they had each scored again, first with Fauvergue volleying into the corner from the edge of the area after his initial attempt was blocked by Goor.

Mpenza again
The home advantage was cancelled out even quicker this time, as Mpenza ridiculed all the doubts surrounding his fitness by bursting into the box and slipping the ball beneath Sylva for his second. Puel was understandably furious, and his mood was not helped when Fauvergue lobbed against the crossbar after Schollen had recklessly spilled the ball into the youngster's path. Following up, Odemwingie's header was deflected wide by a defender.

Late red card
At the other end, Mohamed Tchite tested Sylva with a hopeful attempt from wide on the left, yet Lille were gradually setting up camp in the Anderlecht half. As a result Franky Vercauteren sent on Mbark Boussoufa in place of Mpenza, though try as they did, neither side could deliver the final blow.

Last updated: 22/11/06 13.12CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

anderlecht

Anderlecht

1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
Substitution90+3
13
FauvergueNicolas Fauvergue
Goal47
Substitution71
6
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
Yellow Card29
Red Card88
14
OdemwingiePeter Odemwingie
Goal28
Substitution75
7
TchitéMohamed Tchité
17
MakounJean Makoun
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Goal38
Goal48
Substitution66
18
M. RobailMathieu Robail
Substitution55
10
HassanAhmed Hassan
Yellow Card42
Substitution83
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau (C)
Yellow Card42
14
GoorBart Goor (C)
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
26
ParejaNicolas Pareja
Yellow Card50
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
31
De ManMark De Man
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre

Substitutes

16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
25
Van SteenbergheJan Van Steenberghe (GK)
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
Substitution55
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Substitution83
8
BastosMichel Bastos
Substitution71
8
LeivaCristian Leiva
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Substitution66
19
FranquartPeter Franquart
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Substitution90+3
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
24
SerhatAkın Serhat
27
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution75
36
LegearJonathan Legear

Coach

Claude Puel (FRA) Frank Vercauteren (BEL)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Erik Ræstad (NOR), Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Fourth official

Per Ivar Staberg (NOR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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