Lille and Trabzonspor crash out
Goalless draw not enough for either side
Last Updated: 07/12/11 10:31pm
Joe Cole: Couldn't find a winner for Lille
Lille and Trabzonspor played out a goalless draw as both sides missed out on a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A win for either team would have been enough to take second spot in Group B, with Inter Milan already confirmed as group winners.
Lille dominated the match, enjoying the vast majority of the possession and had 12 shots on goal but couldn't find a way past Tolga Zengin.
Trabzonspor will drop into the Europa League, whilst Lille crash out of Europe for this term.
Lille went into the match needing a win and produced a first-half onslaught but a spirited rearguard action, led by goalkeeper Zengin and defender Giray Kacar, kept the visitors on level terms.
Franck Beria and Moussa Sow drew routine early saves from Zengin, while Mickael Landreau was equally comfortable at the other end when Alanzinho shot from 40 yards.
Trabzonspor's Burak Yilmaz lashed a long-range effort over before Eden Hazard beat two men and drew the first serious save of the night from Zengin, who tipped the Belgium forward's drive around the post.
Florent Balmont's attempt sailed wide before Hazard was twice off target from inside the penalty area.
Lille kept up their assault but Payet shot wide before Balmont forced another good diving save from Zengin.
Aurelien Chedjou saw a powerful 12-yard shot blocked by Kacar and Joe Cole fired wide before Trabzonspor lost Ondrej Celustka to injury, Adrian Mierzejewski taking his place.
Cole's corner narrowly eluded Moussa Sow with the goal gaping before Kacar, who had also made a crucial tackle to deny Beria a sight of goal, again rescued the Turks with a brave block from Cole before the half petered out to a goalless conclusion.
Zengin parried Hazard's drive early in the second period, Sow unable to capitalise on the rebound.
Trabzonspor began to look more confident, doubling up on the dangerous Hazard and enjoying more possession, though with few clear-cut chances.
Mathieu Debuchy's powerful drive was blocked by Kacar and Didier Zokora kept out Cole, but Lille were largely kept at bay.
Mierzejewski curled wide after good work by fellow substitute Paulo Henrique, before Burak Yilmaz's effort from a narrow angle - with the Brazilian better placed - was tipped around the post by Landreau.
Payet's shot foundered on the defensive rock that was Kacar and Sow shot wide - but news of CSKA's late winner meant the goalless scoreline was not enough for the Turks.
Many of the fans thought they had mustered the late winner they needed, but Mierzejewski's stoppage-time free-kick in fact found only the side netting.
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|4||Shots on Target||2|
|8||Shots off Target||3|
|64.8||1st Half Poss.||35.2|
|69.2||2nd Half Poss.||30.8|
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