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Leverkusen pay the penalty in Lens

Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.55CET
RC Lens 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Daniel Cousin's penalty and Karim Haggui's red card tilted the balance in favour of the French Ligue 1 side.

Match statistics

LensLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners2
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Friday 9 March 2007, 0.55CET

Leverkusen pay the penalty in Lens

RC Lens 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Daniel Cousin's penalty and Karim Haggui's red card tilted the balance in favour of the French Ligue 1 side.

RC Lens defeated Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 at Stade Félix-Bollaert to establish a slender advantage in their UEFA Cup last-16 tie.

Penalty decider
Leverkusen defender Karim Haggui looked to have earned the visitors a fine result when he cancelled out Olivier Monterrubio's first-half goal with a firm header on 50 minutes. But the Tunisian undid his good work by giving away a penalty, dispatched by Daniel Cousin, and picking up a second yellow card. The ten men of Leverkusen avoided further damage in the last 20 minutes and remain in contention for the second leg on 14 March.

Under pressure
Lens started nervously and could easily have conceded inside the first five minutes. Yohan Demont was caught in possession by Tranquillo Barnetta and the Swiss international threaded a pass through for Sergej Barbarez, but his cutback failed to find Andriy Voronin. Simon Rolfes then headed Bernd Schneider's free-kick wide as the German outfit began strongly.

Deadlock broken
With the visitors adopting an attack-minded approach the game flowed nicely but it was Lens who struck first on 17 minutes, Monterrubio racing on to Vitorino Hilton's pass and striking a sweet lob over René Adler. Leverkusen remained a threat, however, and came close to equalising before the break, Voronin shooting narrowly wide.

The equaliser
The pressure on the Lens goal increased after the interval, with goalkeeper Charles Itandje producing a fine save to keep out Voronin's header, only for Haggui to score moments later. The former RC Strasbourg defender rose unopposed at the near post to nod in Gonzalo Castro's corner.

On the spot
Haggui's evening turned sour when he was dismissed after bringing down Monterrubio on 70 minutes, allowing Cousin to calmly slot home from the spot. Les Sang et Or pressed forward in search of a third, and substitute Issam Jemaa might have scored had his goal-bound effort not struck his team-mate Aruna Dindane, while Hilton fired narrowly wide in the dying seconds.

Last updated: 09/03/07 9.55CET

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Lineups

lens

Lens

leverkusen

Leverkusen

30
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
22
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
4
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
3
HiltonHilton
4
JuanJuan
26
DemontYohan Demont
Yellow Card65
5
HagguiKarim Haggui
Yellow Card16
Goal51
Red Card68
28
TixierDamien Tixier
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Yellow Card34
10
CarrièreÉric Carrière
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution90+2
8
KeitaSeydou Keita (C)
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)
21
Sidi KeitaSidi Keita
Yellow Card65
Substitution80
19
BabićMarko Babić
23
MonterrubioOlivier Monterrubio
Goal16
Substitution68
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Yellow Card77
Substitution80
27
DindaneAruna Dindane
9
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
9
CousinDaniel Cousin
Goal69
Substitution70
12
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution68

Substitutes

1
ChabbertSébastien Chabbert (GK)
1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
6
BarulPatrick Barul
2
StenmanFredrik Stenman
5
GilletNicolas Gillet
10
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution90+2
20
HermachAdil Hermach
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution80
7
BoukariAbdoulrazak Boukari
Substitution68
13
AthirsonAthirson
22
JemaaIssam Jemaa
Substitution70
23
MadouniAhmed Madouni
14
Monnet-PaquetKévin Monnet-Paquet
Substitution80
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
Substitution68

Coach

Francis Gillot (FRA) Michael Skibbe (GER)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), David Bryan (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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