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Auxerre lifted by Lachuer

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2003, 21.09CET
Neuchâtel Xamax FC 0-1 AJ Auxerre (agg: 0-2) Yann Lachuer's 53nd-minute goal calms Auxerre nerves.

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Published: Wednesday 15 October 2003, 21.09CET

Auxerre lifted by Lachuer

Neuchâtel Xamax FC 0-1 AJ Auxerre (agg: 0-2) Yann Lachuer's 53nd-minute goal calms Auxerre nerves.

AJ Auxerre booked their place in Friday's UEFA Cup second-round draw courtesy of Yann Lachuer's 53nd-minute goal away against injury-depleted Neuchâtel Xamax FC. The visitors, protecting a one-goal lead from the first leg, managed to keep Xamax at bay with some ease before scoring with their first meaningful attack of the second period.

Early pressure
Xamax - denied the services of several first-team regulars through injury - battled bravely, especially in the opening 15 minutes of the match at the Stade de la Maladière, as they desperately sought an equaliser to level the tie.

Opportunities spurned
However, opportunities were spurned by Futi Mobulu and Abdou Mangane. Mobulu had a header easily saved by Fabien Cool in the Auxerre goal, and then had a shot wide of the right upright before Mangane missed the ball in front of goal when well-placed to threaten the target.

Blunt Auxerre
Auxerre offered little in attack, but Djibril Cissé had one half-chance for the visitors after 35 minutes. The French international could not direct it however, and the header was easily collected by Xamax goalkeeper Patrick Bettoni.

Lachuer strike
But Guy Roux's side found their range seven minutes after the break when Lachuer was first to react after an initial shot hit the post and the ball rebounded back into play for him to slot in from close range.

Xamax tire
Xamax attempted to raise their game for a ten-minute spell, but Auxerre were able to attack at will as the Swiss side tired and Cissé and Bonaventure Kalou had decent scoring chances to widen the margin of victory, with Cissé coming closest when he forced a diving save from Bettoni.

Last updated: 17/10/03 17.56CET

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Lineups

xamax

Xamax

auxerre

Auxerre

1
BettoniPatrick Bettoni (GK)
1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
2
RadetJohan Radet
6
ManganeKader Mangane
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
7
M'FutiMobulu M'Futi
Substitution62
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
8
WiederkehrAndré Wiederkehr
Substitution79
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau
Substitution88
9
GriffithsJoel Griffiths
8
LachuerYann Lachuer (C)
Goal53
10
OjongSamuel Ojong
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Yellow Card46
14
BareaEddy Barea (C)
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
15
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution71
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
19
OppligerPascal Oppliger
23
KapoOlivier Kapo
Substitution88
20
ZambazSébastien Zambaz
26
Perrier DoumbéJean-Joël Perrier Doumbé
Substitution80

Substitutes

18
WalthertLaurent Walthert (GK)
16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
16
ValenteBruno Valente
Substitution62
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
Substitution80
17
NiakassoBadara Niakasso
Substitution71
14
VandenbosscheDavid Vandenbossche
Substitution88
24
ImagaNaoki Imaga
Substitution79
27
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
Substitution88
25
NicoudBastien Nicoud
28
PoyetRomain Poyet
31
YebdaHassan Yebda
46
SagnaBacary Sagna

Coach

Claude Ryf (SUI) Guy Roux (FRA)

Referee

Andrew Paul D'urso (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), Michael Tingey (ENG)

Fourth official

Barry Knight (ENG)

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