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Chedjou shunts Lille past Levski

Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET
LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0 PFC Levski Sofia
Aurélien Chedjou's second-half header was sufficent for the French side to leapfrog their opponents into second place in Group C.
Chedjou shunts Lille past Levski
Aurélien Chedjou rejoices after his decisive strike ©Getty Images

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
9
Corners5
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
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1
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Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET

Chedjou shunts Lille past Levski

LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0 PFC Levski Sofia
Aurélien Chedjou's second-half header was sufficent for the French side to leapfrog their opponents into second place in Group C.

LOSC Lille Métropole leapfrogged PFC Levski Sofia into second place in UEFA Europa League Group C with a deserved 1-0 victory in France.

Rudi Garcia's side had claimed a solitary draw from two matches and the result – courtesy of Aurélien Chedjou's second-half winner – edged them a point ahead of their opponents to set up a fascinating return in Bulgaria on 4 November.

Pierre-Alain Frau signalled Lille's intent inside 60 seconds with a drive that Bozhidar Mitrev tipped over: The reflexes of the Blues' custodian would prove a distinguishing feature of the first half. Eden Hazard was at the heart of the opening period's best moments, cleverly setting up Ludovic Obraniak early on only for his attempt to be deflected wide.

The Poland forward went even closer with a fizzing 25-metre effort after an adroit turn, Mitrev's slight touch enough to send the ball hurtling off the bar rather than under it. An even better save followed when Hazard latched onto a long ball from home goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau, Mitrev somehow repelling a ferocious strike from close range.

Hazard drove into the side netting after wrong-footing Ivo Ivanov to mark the resumption after half-time before the breakthrough came on 49 minutes. Chedjou directed his header into the corner from a neat nod across goal by Stéphane Dumont after Levski had failed to adequately deal with Hazard's free-kick.

The strike did not prove the catalyst for Lille to push on and prise a decisive second, however, and Levski came close to exploiting their increasingly nervous hosts as the contest progressed. Marian Ognyanov fired over a rare chance for Yasen Petrov's charges from distance and Vladimir Gadzhev's free-kick was headed wide by Yordan Miliev as Les Dogues held on.

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Lineups

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LOSC

levski

Levski

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
3
VandamJerry Vandam
2
MulderDustley Mulder
4
BalmontFlorent Balmont
Substitution80
3
GreeneSerginho Greene
5
GueyeIdrissa Gueye
5
Ivo IvanovIvo Ivanov
10
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
14
V. MinevVeselin Minev
14
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
16
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
Substitution63
17
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution55
17
MladenovDaniel Mladenov
Yellow Card62
Substitution72
18
BériaFranck Béria
Yellow Card78
20
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
22
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
Goal49
39
DembéléGarra Dembélé
26
E. HazardEden Hazard
Substitution71
45
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev (C)
29
DumontStéphane Dumont (C)
55
MilievYordan Miliev

Substitutes

30
OukidjaAlexandre Oukidja (GK)
85
AkalskiKiril Akalski (GK)
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
4
StanchevStefan Stanchev
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
7
AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
8
SowMoussa Sow
Substitution55
23
SloryAndwele Slory
Substitution72
23
RamiAdil Rami
28
KirovAlexandar Kirov
24
MavubaRio Mavuba
Substitution80
29
IsaIsmail Isa
Substitution63
27
GervinhoGervinho
Substitution71
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov

Coach

Rudi Garcia (FRA) Yasen Petrov (BUL)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL), Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Johannes Valgeirsson (ISL)

Additional assistant referees

Magnus Thorisson (ISL), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

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