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Meijer magic too much for Lille

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 21.00CET
TSV Alemannia Aachen 1-0 LOSC Lille Métropole Erik Meijer's header gives the 2. Bundesliga side victory.

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 21.00CET

Meijer magic too much for Lille

TSV Alemannia Aachen 1-0 LOSC Lille Métropole Erik Meijer's header gives the 2. Bundesliga side victory.

TSV Alemannia Aachen earned a narrow UEFA Cup victory at home to LOSC Lille Métropole in Cologne as an Erik Meijer header midway through the second half secured three Group H points.

Captain's contribution
The Aachen captain nodded in a clever cross from Simon Rolfes after Lille goalkeeper Tony Sylva had failed to clear. Both sides had further chances, mainly from some excellent set-pieces, but the German second division side preserved their slender lead until the final whistle.

Early shot
Aachen welcomed back Wilfried Landgraf and Cristian Fiel after bouts of flu, while Lille had to do without midfield player Mathieu Chalmé, who sustained a facial injury in the recent Ligue 1 victory against SC Bastia. After four minutes, however, the German side nearly took the lead as Landgraf launched a dangerous long throw into the penalty area which Meijer neatly flicked on and Kai Michalke flashed a shot wide from a tight angle.

Silky Sylva
Ten minutes later, a corner swung in by Aachen winger Sergio Pinto was met well by Stefan Blank, but the German defender failed to generate enough power to trouble Lille goalkeeper Sylva. The Senagalese, who had conceded only once in the previous six games, was in entertaining form moments later. After confidently rounding Meijer metres from the goalline, he then completely misjudged a cross, nearly allowing Moses Sichone a chance.

Meijer's moment
Dieter Hecking's side began the second half as they had the first, pressing the visitors back and putting Sylva under increased pressure. The goalkeeper looked unsure as another Pinto corner stretched the Lille defence and was saved by substitute Milivoje Vitakic, who bundled Meijer's header off the line. Sylva's unconvincing punch contributed directly to Aachen taking the lead in the 67th minute, Rolfes crossing for Meijer to head in at the back post.

Aachen chances
The home team kept up the pressure on the Lille defence, and nearly increased their lead from two well-struck free-kicks. First Blank forced Sylva into a diving save from fully 40 metres, then left-back Alexander Klitzpera struck a shot round the wall, but the ball curled just wide of the target.

Late pressure
Despite their pressure, the home side were reduced to some desperate defending in the closing moments, with Greek defender Efstathios Tavlaridis nearly squeezing the ball in for a dramatic late equaliser. Aachen held firm, however, and now look forward to playing Sevilla FC on Matchday 2 while Lille will seek to bounce back at home to FC Zenit St. Peterburg, also on 4 November.

Last updated: 22/10/04 12.36CET

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Lineups

aachen

Aachen

losc

LOSC

1
StraubStephan Straub (GK)
1
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
3
KlitzperaAlexander Klitzpera
15
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Substitution77
6
LandgrafWilfried Landgraf
Yellow Card70
26
AngbwaBenoît Angbwa
7
PlasshenrichReiner Plasshenrich
10
BrunelPhilippe Brunel (C)
8
RolfesSimon Rolfes
12
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
11
MeijerErik Meijer (C)
Goal67
Yellow Card81
24
LandrinChristophe Landrin
Substitution77
12
SichoneMoses Sichone
17
MakounJean Makoun
18
da Silva PintoSergio da Silva Pinto
Substitution88
9
MoussilouMatt Moussilou
21
FielCristian Fiel
Substitution65
5
RafaelSchmitz Rafael
22
MichalkeKai Michalke
Substitution84
20
TafforeauGrégory Tafforeau
Substitution17
33
BlankStefan Blank
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis

Substitutes

24
NichtKristian Nicht (GK)
16
MalickiGrégory Malicki (GK)
2
PaulusFranck Paulus
Substitution88
23
AudelJohan Audel
Substitution77
5
BrinkmannDennis Brinkmann
Substitution84
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
13
BrunsFlorian Bruns
Substitution65
8
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
Substitution77
17
StehleThomas Stehle
29
DumontStéphane Dumont
20
ScharpingJens Scharping
25
PlestanNicolas Plestan
27
NollEmil Noll
22
VitakićMilivoje Vitakić
Substitution17

Coach

Dieter Hecking (GER) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Edo Trivkovic (CRO)

Assistant referees

Zeljko Novosel (CRO), Željko Grgec (CRO)

Fourth official

Alojzije Supraha (CRO)

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