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Fiorentina floored in Lille

Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET
Fiorentina went out of the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Lille OSC in their third round second-leg tie.

Match statistics

LilleFiorentina

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET

Fiorentina floored in Lille

Fiorentina went out of the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Lille OSC in their third round second-leg tie.

Lille OSC 2-0 AC Fiorentina (aggregate 3-0). AC Fiorentina went out of the UEFA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Lille OSC in their third round second-leg tie at the Grimonprez-Jooris stadium.

Resounding defeat
A goal in each half from Bruno Cheyrou and substitute Mile Sterjovski saw LOSC triumph over the Serie A side and, to add to coach Roberto Mancini's misery, Andrea Tarozzi was dismissed for a second bookable offence with 14 minutes to go.

Positive start
By that time, the game was already severely balanced in the home side's favour. A goal ahead from the first leg at the Artemio Franchi stadium, Vahid Halilhodzic's side showed no intention of playing for a draw and went out to kill the game off in the first half.

Excellent service
They did not quite manage to do that, but they had a good try. Dagui Bakari and Salaheddine Bassir were tireless in attack and Cheyrou and Stéphane Pichot provided excellent service from the flanks. It was only down to perceptive defending that LOSC did not take an early lead, but a goal was clearly coming.

Clinical finish
Eventually the two wingers combined to open the scoring on 32 minutes. Pichot's cross from the right wing found Cheyrou bursting into the box, and he headed the ball past Fiorentina goalkeeper Alex Manninger and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net with clinical precision.

Meek performance
It was little more than LOSC had deserved after a meek first-half performance from their visitors had allowed them to totally dominate possession. Nuno Gomes was a lonely figure in attack for Fiorentina and they barely had a chance until late in the second half. On 43 minutes it was almost 2-0 after Bakari's excellent run and shot saw Manninger beaten only for the ball to cannon off his left-hand goalpost and away to safety.

Tarozzi sees red
After a promising start to the second half for the visitors, LOSC got back into their stride and denied the Italian side possession. However, Fiorentina looked to be building for a dramatic finish before disaster struck after 76 minutes and Tarozzi received his second yellow card following a clash with Bassir.

Sterjovski makes sure
On 77 minutes Bassir was replaced by Sterjovski and just moments later the substitute scored LOSC's second. Sterjovski accepted a short pass from Bakari, swept past two defenders and tucked the ball underneath the on-rushing Manninger for a superb individual goal.

Late chances
After that hammer blow, Fiorentina continued to attack with Nuno Gomes and Mirko Benin both putting shots wide of Grégory Wimbée's post and LOSC defender Mathieu Delpierre doing superbly to dispossess Marco Rossi as he ran through for what seemed to be a gilt-edged goalscoring opportunity. However, LOSC retained their lead and, with it, a richly deserved place in the fourth round.

Richly deserved
"When we scored first I knew the game was finished," said LOSC coach Vahid Halilhodzic. "We totally deserved to qualify. We neutralised their midfield so that Fiorentina could not get the ball to Nuno Gomes - we knew that they would try to use him and we stopped them doing that. In 90 minutes they did not have one shot on goal.

Squad rotation
"Since September we have played a game every three days, but by resting all of my players and rotating the squad I have succeeded in putting them in the right mental and physical state for this game."

Mancini disappointed
Fiorentina coach Roberto Mancini was disappointed with the final score, but said that injuries had ruined his side's chances of qualifying. "Of course we would have liked to go further but we had so many players missing for these two games that I had to play with one forward," he said. "All the rest of them are on the injury list and of course, if you can't score goals it is totally impossible to qualify."

Too many injuries
Mancini continued: "I hoped that the midfield could link up with Nuno Gomes but it didn't work. At half-time I brought on Ezequiel González to help give the team some more width, but he is not a real forward and he couldn't really do much more. Still, there are some positive signs. We have played with five 18-year-olds and I feel they have done well. Now we have to concentrate on Serie A and there is only one thing I need to improve our league position - to have my injured players back. That is the only way."

Last updated: 15/11/12 21.01CET

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Lineups

losc

LOSC

fiorentina

Fiorentina

1
WimbéeGrégory Wimbée (C)
30
ManningerAlexander Manninger
10
BakariDagui Bakari
Substitution84
3
TorricelliMoreno Torricelli
Substitution84
12
BassirSalaheddine Bassir
Substitution76
6
AmaralAmaral
Substitution46
4
FahmiAbdlilah Fahmi
13
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
18
PichotStéphane Pichot
14
BeninMirko Benin
Yellow Card80
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau
Substitution11
19
RossiMarco Rossi
21
EckerJohnny Ecker
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
23
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
24
AmorosoChristian Amoroso (C)
Yellow Card62
24
LandrinChristophe Landrin
27
TarozziAndrea Tarozzi
Yellow Card75
25
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
29
CeccarelliLuca Ceccarelli
28
CheyrouBruno Cheyrou
Goal32
72
VanoliPaolo Vanoli
Substitution70

Substitutes

16
AllibertEric Allibert
1
TaglialatelaGiuseppe Taglialatela
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
Substitution11
15
AgostiniAlessandro Agostini
7
MuratiEdvin Murati
16
MassaroRoberto Massaro
8
CollotPatrick Collot
17
GonzálezEzequiel González
Substitution46
19
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Substitution76
Goal78
26
GuzzoNiccolo Guzzo
Substitution70
9
BeckMikkel Beck
Substitution84
34
FedeliFilippo Fedeli
Substitution84
22
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
38
BartolucciGiovanni Bartolucci

Coach

Vahid Halilhodžić (BIH) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Harry Ehing (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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