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Auxerre bounce Betis out

Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.30CET
Auxerre 2-0 Real Betis (Agg: 2-1) Stirring second-leg comeback eliminates Betis in France.

Match statistics

AuxerreBetis

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.30CET

Auxerre bounce Betis out

Auxerre 2-0 Real Betis (Agg: 2-1) Stirring second-leg comeback eliminates Betis in France.

AJ Auxerre staged a stirring second-leg comeback in their UEFA Cup third-round tie to defeat Spanish side Real Betis Balompié 2-0 and secure a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Superb recovery
Teemu Tainio opened the scoring in the 19th minute and captain Yann Lachuer headed a cross from France international striker Djibril Cissé into the net three minutes after the break to complete a superb recovery in front of a delighted Abbé Deschamps stadium.

Rivas block
Auxerre had the better of the opening exchanges with the visitors resorting to hitting long balls towards striker Alfonso Pérez, who was closely shadowed by highly-rated defender Philippe Mexes. Indeed the hosts nearly took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Betis goalkeeper Antonio Prats spilled Khalilou Fadiga's free-kick into the path of Olivier Kapo, but David Rivas got back in time to block the shot.

Early enterprise
On 19 minutes Auxerre got the goal their early enterprise deserved when Lachuer broke down the right flank before jinking past Luis Fernández and crossing into the box. Betis defender Iulian Filipescu headed the ball straight at midfield player Tainio who volleyed into the net from the edge of the area.

Prats stranded
Guy Roux's men doubled their lead shortly after the restart as Cissé sent a perfect ball across goal for Lachuer to head past the stranded Prats. It was not all one-way traffic though. Indeed at times Auxerre goalkeeper Fabien Cool kept his side's lead intact almost singlehandedly with a series of saves including a stupendous block from Denilson's close-range 76th-minute effort.

Auxerre hang on
Betis dominated the latter stages of the match, but Auxerre, who qualified for the UEFA Cup after being eliminated from the Champions League first group stage, were more than happy to play on the counterattack. The Spaniards pushed forward at every opportunity, knowing that one goal would see them through and as the game drew to a close, Marcos Assunção hit a shot agonisingly wide of Cool's right-hand post as Auxerre hung on to seal their place in the fourth round.

Last updated: 13/12/02 10.32CET

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Lineups

auxerre

Auxerre

betis

Betis

1
CoolFabien Cool
1
PratsPrats (C)
2
RadetJohan Radet
2
Luis FernándezLuis Fernández
3
JaurèsJean-Sébastien Jaurès
5
RivasDavid Rivas
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
7
VarelaFernando Varela
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
7
FayeAmdy Faye
14
CapiCapi
Substitution70
8
LachuerYann Lachuer (C)
Goal48
15
ItoIto
Substitution58
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Yellow Card23
16
DenílsonDenílson
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
Goal19
17
JoaquínJoaquín
11
FadigaKhalilou Fadiga
19
AssunçãoMarcos Assunção
23
KapoOlivier Kapo
21
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
Yellow Card73

Substitutes

30
ChabertBaptiste Chabert
13
GaspercicRonny Gaspercic
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
3
MingoMingo
14
VandenbosscheDavid Vandenbossche
9
FernandoFernando
Substitution58
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
18
TaisWashington Tais
21
BenjaniMwaruwari Benjani
20
CasasGastón Casas
Substitution70
26
Perrier DoumbéJean-Joël Perrier Doumbé
24
João TomásJoão Tomás
27
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
25
ArzuArzu

Coach

Guy Roux (FRA) Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

James (Jim) Mcbride (SCO), Alan Cunningham (SCO)

Fourth official

John Underhill (SCO)

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