Wednesday December 5, 2012 Group Stage: Group F Finished Grand Stade Lille Métropole

Lille OSC 0 - 1 Valencia CF

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  1. Champions League - Valencia claim second spot with Lille win

    Champions League - Valencia claim second spot with Lille win

    Valencia condemned Lille to their worst ever Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory in France in Group F. More

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    Time:90'
    • Lille OSC
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+3' The referee blows the whistle to end the match. Valencia run out 1-0 winners and advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Thank you for joining us tonight. See you soon!
    • 90+2' The ball falls to Pasa in the penalty area after some neat work from Payet. The centre half acrobatically shoots on goal but his effort flies wide.
    • 90+1' We'll have three minutes of added time and the end of this match.
    • 90' WHAT A SAVE FROM GUAITA AGAIN!! Substitute Nolan Roux latches onto a cross into the penalty area and turns his header on goal. The Valencia custodian somehow manages to turn the ball away from under the crossbar and out for a corner.
    • 89' Chedjou has his pocket picked deep into his own half and nearly puts his team in trouble but Tino Costa is adjudged to have fould the defender.
    • 88' The hosts really are pushing for an equaliser now. They have seen all of the ball in the last five minutes or so but can't find the back of the net.
    • 87' WHAT AN EFFORT! Payet strikes the woodwork. The winger cuts in from the left and is given free reign to shoot by Ricardo Costa. The substitute duly abliges and whips a vicious effort across goal, leaving Guaita no chance, but the ball crashes off the crossbar and out for a goal kick!!
    • 86' That truly was an astonishing save. It was from point blank range but the keeper has somehow managed to read it and make the save.
    • 85' Great chance for Kalou. He receives a ball from the right and controls it brilliantly in the box under immense pressure. The Ivorian gets the ball out of his feet and lashes his effort on goal from 10 yards. Guaita somehow manages to get down to his right and palm the ball out for a corner.
    • 84' Jonathan Viera is brought on in place of Víctor Ruiz for the visitors.
    • 83' Bayern Munich now lead 4-0 in the other Goup F match, confirming their place as group winners. Their second, third and fourth goal have all come whilst they have had 10 men.
    • 82' Guaita now goes into the book for time wasting as he prolongs his goal kick.
    • 81' Tino Costa is booked for clattering into the back of Chedjou as he looked to win the header.
    • 80' In a game that has lacked quality, Digne really has shone tonight. He’s tucked in well when required and has ran tirelessly down that left flank, sending it some delightful balls.
    • 79' Martin shows great footwork in the middle of the pitch to break away from three challenges before feeding Digne down the left. The full-back whips in another dangerous ball from the byline but it is sent away by Victor Ruiz.
    • 78' Nolan Roux is Lille's third and final change of the night. Bruno is the man to come off.
    • 77' Guaita took a rather heavy hit from Victor Ruiz as he came to claim that and is down receiving treatment.
    • 76' Payet gets down the left, shifts inside of his man with Digne making the overlap and swings in a ball. Kalou looks to be getting on the end of it but Huaita is out to punch the ball into the chest of the former Chelsea man and out for a goal kick.
    • 75' Gago comes and claims the ball straight away, turns and ventures forward before being pulled to the floor by Gueye.
    • 74' Valencia now make a change as Fernando Gago comes on in place of Albelda.
    • 73' GREAT EFFORT FROM JONAS. Fantastic interchange between Jonas, Valdez and Costa which allows for the Brazilian some space to shoot at goal from 20 yards. Elana gives up on the ball but it flies narrowly wide.
    • 71' Lille are still enjoying the majority of the ball. Rodelin swings the ball in from the right but Bruno has to manipulate his position in order to win the header. He does so very well but can’t direct the header on goal.
    • 70' Dimitri Payet is brought on as Balmont makes way for Lille.
    • 69' Valdez is in a heap on the floor after taking the ball rather hard in the face. Chedjou hooks the ball from the side of the striker but it smashed the Valencia man in the face. For some reason, the referee gives a free kick. Bizarre.
    • 68' The hosts win another corner as they continue to pile on the pressure. Martin takes it again but it is no better. Guaita is out to claim.
    • 66' Martin’s corner is cleared at the near post which allows for David Albelda to take the ball out of his half. The captain looks to find Nelson Valdez with a slick pass but it is cut out by a well-timed challenge.
    • 65' The hosts will finish bottom of this group, though, so they may as well go for it now – give their fans something to cheer about. Kalou wins his side a corner which Martin will take.
    • 64' Valencia have settled down again now and are rolling the ball across their back four. Lille are forced to press high and this is where gaps may start to open.
    • 63' Ricardo Costa’s poor defensive header from inside his own half only reaches the edge of the penalty area where Martin is waiting. The substitute steadies himself before volleying at goal. It wasn’t the easiest of volleys to pull off but Martin will not be happy as it flies high and wide.
    • 62' Pablo Piatti is introduced. Sofiane Feghouli is the man to make way.
    • 61' That really was a poor effort from Bruno. He lacked the confidence to take the ball into the box and then made a real hash of the shot. The hosts are showing some promise, though.
    • 60' Bruno is sent through on goal down the middle with Rami in hot pursuit. The striker opts to shoot early and fails to make decent contact with the ball, shanking it way wide from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 59' What a block from Valdez on the line. The ball falls to Rodelin following a corner. The winger takes a touch and then volleys the ball towards goal from 10 yards. It beats Guaita and the covering defender but is hooked away off the line by Nelson Valdez.
    • 58' The hosts are really going for it here. They’re pushing men forward and the crowd are responding. Martin is instantly in the thick of the action as he is up against Rami one-on-one. The substitute looks to pass when he really should shoot from 15 yards.
    • 57' Rio Mavuba makes way as Marvin Matrtin is introduced. The youngster from Sochaux is given a round of applause as he comes on.
    • 56' Bayern maybe down to 10 men but they have just doubled their lead in the other match. It looks like Valencia will have to settle for second place.
    • 55' Digne gets down the left flank again, tricking his way past Ricardo Costa, and sends in a delightful ball. Bruno lunges at the ball but Guaita is off his line and makes the save.
    • 54' Bayern Munich have been reduced to 10 men in the other Group F game following Jerome Boateng’s red card. Good news for Valencia.
    • 53' Béria goes into the book for a late challenge on Cissokho.
    • 52' Balmont again looks to force something. He collects the ball on the half way line and drives forward. The midfielder trades a one-two with Gueye and then looks to roll in Kalou down the right but the pass rolls out for a Valencia throw-in.
    • 51' As it stands, Valencia are going to extend their unbeaten run against French teams to 17 games. That is unless Lille can bring themselves to life here…
    • 50' It’s quite a scrappy affair so far in these opening minutes of the second half. Neither side has managed to get a hold of the ball and it is stuck in the middle third of the pitch.
    • 49' The hosts are gathered in the Valencia half as Beria attempts a long throw into the box. It’s cleared and Mavuba is forced to go all the way back to the keeper.
    • 48' The hosts look short of confidence when going forward. There’s a lot of expectation from their fans and their league position of 10th is surely not helping their cause at the moment. Ricardo Costa is shoved to the floor by Rodelin.
    • 47' Lille really struggled to create anything in that first half and I wonder how long it will be before Rudi Garcia makes a change.
    • 46' The second half is under way. Valencia, who lead 1-0, kick off.
    • 45+1' The referee brings the first half to an end. Not a lot of goalmouth action, but we do have a goal and Valencia go in one goal to the good.
    • 45' Basa gets in front of Victor Ruiz on the right touchline and looks to hold up the ball. The Lille defender then suddenly hits the deck like he’s been shot. The referee waves the man up but he continues to roll around on the floor.
    • 44' Victor Ruiz takes the ball out of defence and down the left. He gets to the half way line and attempts a ball into the feet of Albelda but the pass is poor and the defender puts his team in trouble. Rami clears the cross out for a corner.
    • 43' Balmont is still all over the pitch. He’s really trying to inject some urgency into his team but they are still missing that final ball. They’ve enjoyed a nice amount of possession in this opening half but have failed to really challenge the keeper.
    • 41' Feghouli produces an acrobatic effort on the edge of the penalty area. He’s under no pressure at all and is allowed to play keepy-ups before attempting an overhead kick. The contact is poor and hits the first defender.
    • 40' Cissokho breaks down the left, hurdling the challenge of Gueye. The full-back is all alone on the left and attempts a cross field ball into the path of Feghouli but it is cut out.
    • 39' Balmont is really working his socks off in the middle of the park. He is sprinting from man-to-man, closing down the opposition but the rest of his team don’t look as committed.
    • 38' Valencia are currently matching the result of Bayern Munich in the group’s other match. They need to better their result if they are to win this group.
    • 37' Basa could have been sent off for that challenge, as Jonas was clear through on goal but there referee saw sense and brandished the yellow.
    • 36' GOAL FOR VALENCIA!! Jonas wins the penalty after receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty, dinking the ball over the challenge of Basa, who pulls the man down. The Brazilian drills the ball low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
    • 35' PENALTY TO VALENCIA!!
    • 35' Balmont receives the ball 25 yards from goal and is in some space. He gets the ball out of his feet and lashes an effort on goal. It’s hit well but Guaita has it covered.
    • 35' Valencia captain Albelda looks to get something going for his team as he carries the ball a fair distance. He’s got options both left and right but attempts to keep going and is tackled by Mavuba on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 34' Kalou’s free kick from 30 yards is a weak one. He pushed everyone away from the ball but then did not deliver the goods.
    • 33' Kalou’s free kick from 30 yards is a weak one. He pushed everyone away from the ball but then did not deliver the goods.
    • 31' The keepers have had a very quiet night up until now. They’ve both had an easy save to make but have been relative spectators so far…
    • 30' Mavuba drives forward into space before drilling an effort at goal. It is straight at Guaita, though, and the keeper makes a comfortable save.
    • 29' Tino Costa cuts in from the right and skips past a challenge before attempting to test Elana with a wild effort. It’s a poor one and the ball nearly goes out for a throw-in.
    • 28' Rodelin dispossesses Ricardo Costa on the left and bursts towards goal. Bruno is in support and the winger looks to find him but Guaita reads the play well and is off his line to make a diving catch. Good keeping.
    • 27' Beria commits another outside his penalty area. There’s not a great deal in the challenge but the referee deems it a foul. He won’t want to keep doing that…
    • 26' Jonas plays a one-two with Costa 30 yards from goal before sending a speculative effort straight into the arms of Elana. No danger.
    • 25' He looks like some talent, Digne. He reads the game very well at full-back, has a devilish left foot and looks comfortable carrying the ball forward. Definitely one to watch in the future.
    • 24' Digne whips a dangerous set-piece into the Valencia penalty area that lands on the edge of the six yard box. Basa times his run well and meets the ball but is off balance and sends his header over.
    • 23' There’s been a goal in the game of Group F. Bayern Munich currently lead BATE by one goal to nil.
    • 22' Cissokho sends a huge throw into the penalty area. Valdez challenges Chedjou but the Lille man times his jump superbly to head away.
    • 21' Jonas, Feghouli and Guardado play the ball around very well as Valencia move forward. Valdez pulls away from his man and is nearly found by Jonas but can’t quite get there.
    • 20' Gueye trades a one-two with Kalou on the right before looking to play in Bruno but the pass is overhit which allows for Guaita to race off his line and collect.
    • 19' It’s a poor ball from the midfielder as it is hit behind most players that are gathered in the penalty area. Rami is the man to get on the end of the ball but he’s arcing his neck to make contact and the effort goes over.
    • 18' Beria commits a foul on the edge of the of his own box after hauling Guardado to the floor. Costa will swing this one in.
    • 17' Valencia are currently camped in their own third as Lille apply some pressure. The hosts are passing it around well on the edge of the opposition penalty area but that killer pass is lacking at the moment.
    • 16' Rami slips as he attempts a clearance which allows for Kalou to sneak past him and claim the ball. The defender recovers well and gets his body in between Kalou and the goal, making a challenge on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 15' Rami ventures forward out of the heart of the Valencia defence and sends a ball into the Lille penalty area, but, in truth, it’s a hit-and-hope and Chedjou is up highest to clear.
    • 14' Ricardo Costa overlaps on the right and finds some space in behind Digne. Jonas attempts to find his man with a through ball but the pass is oerhit.
    • 13' Beria and Cissokho are at it again. They’re both jostling on the touchline as the Valencia full-back tries to send in the ball. The Lille man is on hand to make a superb sliding challenge, though, keeping the ball in play which allows him to start an attack for his side.
    • 12' Digne does well in his own half to regain possession, and then find Rodelin down the flank with a pinpoint pass. The winger cuts inside but then tries one too many tricks and is tackled.
    • 11' Beria and Cissokho clash on the right touchline as the Lille man looks to shepherd the ball out of play. They both hit the turf pretty hard but are up in a flash.
    • 10' Valencia are currently enjoying a spell of possession. Lille are organised well, however, with two banks of four. The Spanish team are knocking it from side to side looking for an opening.
    • 9' Elana receives a huge applause from the crowd as he fakes to kick the ball long before taking on Valdez. The keeper does well but it is a big risk.
    • 8' Gueye and Balmont trade a number of passes in the middle of the pitch as they look to make progress into the Valencia half. The former man’s touch lets him down, though, and the give up possession.
    • 7' Ricardo Costa dwells on the ball far too long deep into his own half and is dispossessed. Fortunately for the defender Rodelin mis-controls the ball on the left flank and the visitors have a goal kick.
    • 6' Feghouli gets a chance to run at the defender down the left but Digne stands strong, watching the ball all the way before making a well-timed challenge to clear the danger.
    • 5' Guardado looks to get down the left after pulling away from his marker. Albelda dinks a ball over the top into the path of his team mate but the wide-man can’t keep it in play.
    • 4' The set piece is swung in from the right but is cleared at the far post by Feghouli. Valencia look to counter but the pass from Jonas is weak and the hosts regain possession.
    • 3' Balmont is down. He tricks his way past Rami before being pulled down by the defender 30 yards from goal. Decent position, this.
    • 2' High tempo start from the hosts. Rodelin bursts down the left flank, cuts inside of Costa and swings a delightful ball into the box. Bruno can’t quite get there as Guaita comes off his line to claim.
    • 1' The game is under way. Lille kick off.
    • 19:40 Both teams are lined up next to each other in the tunnel. We're just moments away from kick off now. How do you see this match going? Let me know by using the comments section at the bottom of the screen or on Twitter @JoshuaHayward99
    • 19:35 STAT: The reverse fixture, played on October 2 this year, extended Valencia’s quite phenomenal record against French teams. They are currently on a run of 16 games without a loss - since their first meeting, the opening leg of the 1979/80 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final when they succumbed 2-1 to Nantes in France.
    • 19:30 Valencia ran out comfortable winners in the return fixture in front of their home crowd. Joaquin scored two first-half goals with Mata adding a third. Aurelien Chedjou managed a consolation goal for the French side as the match ended 3-1.
    • 19:25 The two sides have met before in European competition – in the 2009/10 Europa League group stage. The first tie ended 1-1 in France with two current Premier League stars grabbing the goals. Chelsea’s Juan Mata put the visitors ahead on 78 minutes before Arsenal’s Gervinho grabbed a late equaliser.
    • 19:20 On that same evening, Lille secured their first points of this Champions League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over BATE. Djibril Sidibe and Gianni Bruno both notched their first ever goals in the competition but the victory was not enough to propel this evening's hosts up the table.
    • 19:15 Valencia currently sit level with Bayern Munich on 10 points following their 1-1 stalemate at the Mestalla last time out. Sofiane Feghouli struck late on to give 10-man Valencia – who had Antonio Barragan sent off in the first half – the lead, but Thomas Müller swiftly levelled for the Bavarian club.
    • 19:10 Joao Pereira misses out for Valencia tonight after failing to recover from a calf strain. The Portugal full-back was left behind in Spain but was not replaced. Two other absences for the visitors are Sergio Canales and Jeremy Mathieu, but the player that the Spanish side will miss the most tonight is their top scorer Roberto Soldado who is suspended.
    • 19:05 Noticeable absences from the hosts’ team are that of forwards Ryan Mendes, who is still suffering from an ankle injury, and Tulio de Melo who is sidelined with a hamstring problem. Defender Djibril Sidibe and midfielder Benoit Pedretti are both suspended.
    • 19:00 The teams are in - LILLE: Elana; Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne; Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont; Kalou, Rodelin, Bruno… SUBS: Landreu, Debuchy, Payet, Martin, Rozehnal, Bonnart, Roux /// VALENCIA: Guaita; Ricardo Costa, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Cissokho; Costa, Albelda, Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado; Valdez…SUBS: Diego Alves, Gago, Ever Banega, Piatti, Viera, Perejo, Bernat
    • 18:55 In stark contrast to the home side’s fortunes, Valencia are assured qualification to the knockout stages and can even secure top spot in the group. To do that, though, they will need to better Bayern Munich’s result in the other Group F clash as the German team face BATE Borisov.
    • 18:50 The hosts are playing for pride tonight after already being eliminated from the group. If they fail to win against their Spanish opponents this evening, it will be their worst ever Champions League campaign.
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group F tie between Lille and Valencia at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' The ball falls to Pasa in the penalty area after some neat work from Payet. The centre half acrobatically shoots on goal but his effort flies wide.
    • 90' WHAT A SAVE FROM GUAITA AGAIN!! Substitute Nolan Roux latches onto a cross into the penalty area and turns his header on goal. The Valencia custodian somehow manages to turn the ball away from under the crossbar and out for a corner.
    • 87' WHAT AN EFFORT! Payet strikes the woodwork. The winger cuts in from the left and is given free reign to shoot by Ricardo Costa. The substitute duly abliges and whips a vicious effort across goal, leaving Guaita no chance, but the ball crashes off the crossbar and out for a goal kick!!
    • 85' Great chance for Kalou. He receives a ball from the right and controls it brilliantly in the box under immense pressure. The Ivorian gets the ball out of his feet and lashes his effort on goal from 10 yards. Guaita somehow manages to get down to his right and palm the ball out for a corner.
    • 73' GREAT EFFORT FROM JONAS. Fantastic interchange between Jonas, Valdez and Costa which allows for the Brazilian some space to shoot at goal from 20 yards. Elana gives up on the ball but it flies narrowly wide.
    • 60' Bruno is sent through on goal down the middle with Rami in hot pursuit. The striker opts to shoot early and fails to make decent contact with the ball, shanking it way wide from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 59' What a block from Valdez on the line. The ball falls to Rodelin following a corner. The winger takes a touch and then volleys the ball towards goal from 10 yards. It beats Guaita and the covering defender but is hooked away off the line by Nelson Valdez.
    • 55' Digne gets down the left flank again, tricking his way past Ricardo Costa, and sends in a delightful ball. Bruno lunges at the ball but Guaita is off his line and makes the save.
    • 41' Feghouli produces an acrobatic effort on the edge of the penalty area. He’s under no pressure at all and is allowed to play keepy-ups before attempting an overhead kick. The contact is poor and hits the first defender.
    • 36' GOAL FOR VALENCIA!! Jonas wins the penalty after receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty, dinking the ball over the challenge of Basa, who pulls the man down. The Brazilian drills the ball low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
    • 35' PENALTY TO VALENCIA!!
    • 35' Balmont receives the ball 25 yards from goal and is in some space. He gets the ball out of his feet and lashes an effort on goal. It’s hit well but Guaita has it covered.
    • 30' Mavuba drives forward into space before drilling an effort at goal. It is straight at Guaita, though, and the keeper makes a comfortable save.
    • 26' Jonas plays a one-two with Costa 30 yards from goal before sending a speculative effort straight into the arms of Elana. No danger.
    • 24' Digne whips a dangerous set-piece into the Valencia penalty area that lands on the edge of the six yard box. Basa times his run well and meets the ball but is off balance and sends his header over.
    • 19:00 The teams are in - LILLE: Elana; Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne; Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont; Kalou, Rodelin, Bruno… SUBS: Landreu, Debuchy, Payet, Martin, Rozehnal, Bonnart, Roux /// VALENCIA: Guaita; Ricardo Costa, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Cissokho; Costa, Albelda, Feghouli, Jonas, Guardado; Valdez…SUBS: Diego Alves, Gago, Ever Banega, Piatti, Viera, Perejo, Bernat
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