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Lens progress despite late loss

Published: Friday 15 December 2006, 0.53CET
SC Heerenveen 1-0 RC Lens Afonso Alves scored a stunning late free-kick for the Dutch team but it was the French side who lived to fight another day.

Match statistics

HeerenveenLens

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners15
 
4
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed18
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 15 December 2006, 0.53CET

Lens progress despite late loss

SC Heerenveen 1-0 RC Lens Afonso Alves scored a stunning late free-kick for the Dutch team but it was the French side who lived to fight another day.

Afonso Alves scored a stunning last-minute free-kick as SC Heerenveen beat RC Lens 1-0 to bow out of the UEFA Cup on a high, although it was the French side who advanced to the last 32.

Big ask
Having picked up just a point from their opening three fixtures in Group D, Heerenveen needed to win and hope Parma FC could do them a big favour against CA Osasuna in order to progress, but the odds proved too heavily stacked against them. Alves provided some consolation in added time as he capped a fine performance with an unstoppable set-piece. Despite the victory, however, the Dutch team remained rooted to the foot of the section, below the other two clubs on four points, Odense BK and Lens, with the latter scraping through on goal difference.

Demont effort
Lens had started the day second, in the knowledge that they were guaranteed to go through as long as they limited Heerenveen to a 1-0 win at most. They were in no mood to take anything for granted, though, and after weathering an early spell of pressure from the hosts when the lively Alves went close, the Ligue 1 outfit began to threaten. Yet although Yohan Demont tested goalkeeper Brian Vandenbussche, Lens had little to show for their possession and Heerenveen gradually regained the initiative.

Alves threat
Top scorer in the Eredivisie this season, Alves was back in the thick of things after the interval. He twice flashed thunderous efforts just past Charles Itandje's goal, and while Lens menaced again through Aruna Dindane and Issam Jemaa at the other end, the night belonged to Alves who grabbed the points late on. Overall honours, however, went to the French challengers.

Last updated: 15/12/06 1.19CET

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Lineups

heerenveen

Heerenveen

lens

Lens

25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
30
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
2
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
2
RamosMarco Ramos
Yellow Card88
3
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson (C)
3
HiltonHilton
Yellow Card60
4
BreuerMichel Breuer
4
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
5
DingsdagMichael Dingsdag
8
KeitaSeydou Keita (C)
10
NilssonLasse Nilsson
Substitution65
9
CousinDaniel Cousin
Substitution77
11
HanssenAndré Hanssen
Substitution55
10
CarrièreÉric Carrière
12
AlvesAfonso Alves
Yellow Card39
Goal90
11
JussiêJussiê
Substitution77
14
PragerThomas Prager
Substitution79
21
Sidi KeitaSidi Keita
16
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
26
DemontYohan Demont
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
27
DindaneAruna Dindane
Substitution87

Substitutes

24
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
1
ChabbertSébastien Chabbert (GK)
9
FriendRobert Friend
Substitution55
Yellow Card76
5
GilletNicolas Gillet
Substitution87
18
BradleyMichael Bradley
Substitution79
7
BoukariAbdoulrazak Boukari
Substitution77
19
TarvajärviNiklas Tarvajärvi
Substitution65
22
JemaaIssam Jemaa
Substitution77
15
DrostJeroen Drost
6
BarulPatrick Barul
28
JohnsonWill Johnson
14
Monnet-PaquetKévin Monnet-Paquet
35
StormBo Storm
24
VignalGrégory Vignal

Coach

Gertjan Verbeek (NED) Francis Gillot (FRA)

Referee

Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Assistant referees

Andreas Xanthou (CYP), Stavros Procopiou (CYP)

Fourth official

Leontios Trattou (CYP)

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