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Kalou leads Auxerre charge

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.17CET
AJ Auxerre 2-0 Aalborg BK (agg: 3-1)Bonaventure Kalou and Benjani Mwaruwari ease Auxerre through.

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.17CET

Kalou leads Auxerre charge

AJ Auxerre 2-0 Aalborg BK (agg: 3-1)Bonaventure Kalou and Benjani Mwaruwari ease Auxerre through.

AJ Auxerre progressed to the inaugural UEFA Cup group stage following a comfortable defeat of Danish side Aalborg BK at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium in this first round, second-leg tie.

Total control
Veteran coach Guy Roux’s team always looked in control in front of their passionate home fans, and AaB were fortunate to return to Denmark having conceded only two goals. Bonaventure Kalou, the powerful Ivory Coast striker, opened the scoring in the fifth minute and his Zimbabwean team-mate, Benjani Mwaruwari, rounded off matters in the final stages.

Cissé replacement
Auxerre wasted no time in setting about turning the tie – poised at 1-1 following the first leg a fortnight ago – in their favour. Benjani, the striker handed the unenviable task of replacing Liverpool FC forward Djibril Cissé, almost put his side ahead as early as the second minute when he prodded wide from close range.

Key contribution
Immediately afterwards, however, the deep-lying forward played an instrumental role in the opening goal, chesting a ball into the path of Kalou. The energetic Ivorian striker unleashed an unstoppable drive from outside the area which left goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen stranded.

Solid defence
As well as looking sharp up front, Auxerre were also solid in defence with the new centre-back pairing of René Bolf and Stéphane Grichting working in tandem to keep AaB firmly at bay, and calmly distributing the ball from the back. The midfield, impressively marshalled by captain Yann Lachuer, was also combining fruitfully, picking each other out with precision.

Forward momentum
Such a platform enabled Auxerre to pour forward almost at will and led to various chances for the home team to double their lead. Visiting defender Allan Jepsen did well to keep Benjani from sneaking in nine minutes before half-time, knocking the ball out of harm's way when under pressure, and Kalou thundered an effort wide when in space on the edge of the box soon after.

Gloss finish
If AaB coach Erik Hamrén believed Auxerre would be happy to protect their one-goal lead after the break he was mistaken. The visiting side performed creditably to keep Roux’s charges out for long periods, but a second goal was inevitable.

Benjani strikes
It eventually came in the 74th minute, Benjani putting the gloss finish on an outstanding individual performance when he collected a pass from the tireless Lachuer and rounded the last defender before slotting in.

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Lineups

auxerre

Auxerre

aab

AaB

1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
1
Jimmy NielsenJimmy Nielsen (GK)
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
2
BorgersenBård Borgersen
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau
6
GaardeAllan Gaarde
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
8
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
8
LachuerYann Lachuer
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen
11
AkaléKanga Akalé
Substitution90
10
D. NielsenDavid Nielsen
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
15
JepsenAllan Jepsen
Substitution76
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
Goal4
Substitution75
16
OlesenAllan Olesen
21
BenjaniMwaruwari Benjani
Goal74
Substitution76
18
EricssonMartin Ericsson
Substitution84
23
BolfRené Bolf
22
WürtzRasmus Würtz
29
SagnaBacary Sagna
26
Jacob SørensenJacob Sørensen
Substitution76

Substitutes

16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
28
WaltorpJens Waltorp (GK)
9
PieroniLuigi Pieroni
Substitution76
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
Substitution76
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
Substitution90
4
KrügerJacob Krüger
18
MathisLionel Mathis
Substitution75
14
LundbergChristian Lundberg
Substitution84
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
19
De MeloTúlio De Melo
Substitution76
25
RecorbetDavid Recorbet
24
TranbergPeter Tranberg
26
KaboulYounès Kaboul
27
WellingtonWellington

Coach

Guy Roux (FRA) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Peter Sippel (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Roland Greth (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Schmidt (GER)

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