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Hazard hands initiative to Lille

Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 20.45CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0 Liverpool FC
Rafael Benítez's side have a job to do in the second leg at Anfield after teenager Eden Hazard's late free-kick eluded Pepe Reina.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Lille Métropole

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Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 20.45CET

Hazard hands initiative to Lille

LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0 Liverpool FC
Rafael Benítez's side have a job to do in the second leg at Anfield after teenager Eden Hazard's late free-kick eluded Pepe Reina.

A late free-kick from teenager Eden Hazard handed LOSC Lille Métropole the initiative in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against Liverpool FC.

The Belgian international's attempted cross from the left evaded everybody, Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina included, before creeping inside the far post in the 84th minute. It proved the only goal of an even contest in which both sides created chances. Home goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau produced a fine performance to keep the English side at bay, although Lille also had cause for frustration after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a post moments after Hazard's goal.

Rudi Garcia had promised an attacking display and the Ligue 1 side provided an electric start, Yohan Cabaye testing Reina inside the first minute. Yet despite the intelligent, darting runs of Hazard and Florent Balmont, Liverpool slowly got on top and began posing a genuine threat, Ryan Babel striking a low shot that was saved by Landreau on 26 minutes.

That was the first of three fine stops from Landreau before the interval, the former France international parrying a Steven Gerrard free-kick before reacting brilliantly to keep out Fernando Torres' point-blank header. The second half began in similar vein, Landreau making another athletic stop from Babel's powerful shot.

Yet Lille got a second wind and finished on top. Pierre-Alain Frau stung Reina's hands from 30 metres and Daniel Agger nearly turned Balmont's cross into his own net as the five-time European champions became stretched. Cabaye's 70th-minute drive flashed factionally over before another long-range effort, this time from Stéphane Dumont, kicked off the turf and struck Reina in the face.

Hazard then delivered the goal the hosts deserved to set up a frantic finish. Substitute Aubameyang almost doubled the lead after being played clear by Balmont, his volley hitting the outside of the post, before Landreau made one more stop to foil Gerrard in added time, ensuring his team travel to Anfield next Thursday with a slender advantage.

Last updated: 27/11/12 16.11CET

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Lineups

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LOSC

liverpool

Liverpool

16
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
4
BalmontFlorent Balmont
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution73
5
AggerDaniel Agger
10
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Substitution83
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
15
EmersonEmerson
9
TorresFernando Torres
Yellow Card67
17
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution77
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution88
18
BériaFranck Béria
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution73
22
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
23
RamiAdil Rami
21
LucasLucas
24
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Yellow Card62
26
HazardEden Hazard
Goal84
23
CarragherJamie Carragher

Substitutes

1
ButelleLudovic Butelle (GK)
1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
3
VandamJerry Vandam
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
11
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitution77
Yellow Card88
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution73
20
TouréLarsen Touré
Substitution83
Yellow Card85
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
29
DumontStéphane Dumont
Substitution73
24
NgogDavid Ngog
32
SouaréPape Souaré
31
El ZharNabil El Zhar
Substitution88
35
SouquetArnaud Souquet
34
KellyMartin Kelly

Coach

Rudi Garcia (FRA) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Rasmussen (DEN), Anders Hermansen (DEN)

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