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LOSC resist spirited Grasshoppers to progress

Published: Tuesday 5 August 2014, 23.00CET
LOSC Lille 1-1 Grasshopper Club (agg: 3-1)
A red card killed off the resurgence of the visitors, and allowed LOSC into Friday's play-off draw despite a draw.
by Sebastien Blanchard
from Grand Stade Lille Métropole
LOSC resist spirited Grasshoppers to progress
Florent Balmont is congratulated after firing LOSC in front ©AFP

Match statistics

LOSCGrasshoppers

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts14
 
8
on target7
 
5
off target6
 
3
blocked1
 
0
against woodwork0
1
Corners5
 
3
Offsides7
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed13
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
13

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 5 August 2014, 23.00CET

LOSC resist spirited Grasshoppers to progress

LOSC Lille 1-1 Grasshopper Club (agg: 3-1)
A red card killed off the resurgence of the visitors, and allowed LOSC into Friday's play-off draw despite a draw.

LOSC Lille booked their place in Friday's UEFA Champions League play-off draw despite being held at home by a spirited ten-man Grasshopper Club.

Defending a healthy two-goal lead from their first leg success in Switzerland, Florent Balmont's stunner on 19 minutes put LOSC in a commanding position. Before the break Amir Abrashi levelled matters on the night, but any hopes Grasshoppers harboured of an aggregate comeback were dealt a fatal blow by Daniel Pavlović's dismissal midway through the second half.

It was a 30-metre bolt from the blue that sent Grasshoppers scurrying. The source of the goal was almost as remarkable as the goal itself, coming as it did 541 days after Balmont last got his name on the scoresheet. The splendid effort, sent flying into the top corner after the 34-year-old collected the ball in midfield, also worsened Grasshoppers' already tricky predicament.

The Swiss outfit refused to collapse and Abrashi, having already seen an effort repelled by Vincent Enyeama then left the LOSC keeper with no chance. Pouncing on a loose ball, the forward fired low into the net from the edge of the box.

After the restart Ryan Mendes came up short when sent through one-on-one with Vaso Vasić and LOSC were almost punished. Enyeama's superb reaction save kept out Munas Dabbur's header from Pavlović's expert free-kick delivery, before Mahmoud Soliman struck a post. A straight red card for Pavlović on 69 minutes undid his hard work and did irreparable damage to Grasshoppers' momentum. They now transfer to the UEFA Europa League play-offs.

Last updated: 31/05/15 1.58CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

1
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
18
VasićVaso Vasić (GK)
2
CorchiaSébastien Corchia
3
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
4
BalmontFlorent Balmont
Goal19
4
JahićSanel Jahić
5
GueyeIdrissa Gueye
5
M. LangMichael Lang
Yellow Card87
9
RodelinRonny Rodelin
Yellow Card52
6
SalaticVeroljub Salatic (C)
12
MeiteSoualiho Meite
Substitution56
7
SolimanMahmoud Soliman
Substitution75
14
KjærSimon Kjær
8
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Yellow Card25
Goal33
18
BériaFranck Béria
Substitution84
9
DabburMunas Dabbur
20
MendesRyan Mendes
Substitution76
14
RavetYoric Ravet
Substitution68
23
SouaréPape Souaré
Yellow Card90+1
20
PavlovićDaniel Pavlović
Red Card68
25
BašaMarko Baša (C)
Yellow Card45+1
22
SinkalaNathan Sinkala
Yellow Card43

Substitutes

16
ElanaSteeve Elana (GK)
33
DiengTimothy Dieng (GK)
6
DelaplaceJonathan Delaplace
Substitution56
10
MerkelAlexander Merkel
8
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution76
17
NgamukolAnat Ngamukol
15
SidibéDjibril Sidibé
23
DingsdagMichael Dingsdag
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
29
GülenLevent Gülen
26
RouxNolan Roux
30
TarashajShani Tarashaj
Substitution68
27
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution84
34
BauerMoritz Bauer
Substitution75

Coach

René Girard (FRA) Michael Skibbe (GER)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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