UEFA Champions League

October 18, 2005


Manchester United

0 - 0


Group D

18:45 +00:00, October 18, 2005

Old Trafford, England


    That's it! All over. Have United's ten men held on for draw or have Lille got what they came for? I'm not sure, but I'm glad it's all over. 0-0, one point apiece.

  • 91'

    ...Ronaldo takes the freekick and smashes his shot straight into the wall. That is typical of the winger's contribution tonight. He has been well below par.

  • 90'

    Park powers towards the Lille goal and wins a freekick within shooting range. This must be United's last chance.....

  • 90'

    Chalme whips in a cross from the left. The united defenders make a hash of a simple clearance and then Sylvestre hacks the ball clear.

  • 89'

    Van Nistelrooy challenges Sylva for Ronaldo's cross and the ref blows for a foul on the Lille keeper.

  • 88'

    Smith wins a throw deep in Lille territory and then Park's pressure wins a corner.

  • 87'

    Some fans are leaving Old Trafford already.

  • 86'

    Ronaldo fires in a cross, O'Shea steers it goalwards but his effort whistles wide of the post and just ahead of Van Nistelrooy.

  • 85'

    Tafforeau fouls Park and United have their umpteenth freekick of the night. Can they make something of this?

  • 84'

    Park picks the ball up in midfield and drives at the Lille defence, he stumbles but still manages to pass to Ronaldo, with whom the move breaks down yet again.

  • 82'

    Ferdinand gets his head to a Ronaldo corner. Sylva collects the ball low.

  • 81'

    Lille follow suit and make a change. Keita replaces Debuchy.

  • 81'

    Giggs' freekick hits the wall and goes behind for a corner. That's Giggs' last action as Park replaces him.

  • 80'

    Barsdsley to Ronaldo, who is scythed down by Tavlaridis (who again manages to avoid a yellow card) and wins a freekick in Giggs territory.

  • 79'

    Dernis brings the ball forward for Lille. Makoun finds Moussilou but the striker can't control the dipping pass and United breath again.

  • 77'

    Tafforeau crosses and Ferdinand concedes a corner - it was all he could do. The corner is a poor one and the danger passes.

  • 76'

    Ferdinand takes it upon himself to drive forward and wins a corner. Giggs delivers, O'Shea can only steer a shot into the side netting.

  • 75'

    Ronaldo breaks for United, he has Giggs ahead of him, but decides to pass to the linesman....this is getting painful to watch now.

  • 73'

    Lille probe the United defence. Ferdinand stesp out of the back four to make a good tackle from Moussilou and the plays a terrible pass.

  • 72'

    Lille make another change. Last year's top scorer Moussilou replaces Odemwingie as the lone striker.

  • 71'

    I'll let you know as soon as something happens...

  • 69'

    Yet another United player is down injured, this time Giggs, having recieved an arm in the face.

  • 68'

    Chalme picks out Dernis unmarked in the box, but the sub lets the ball run under his foot and a great chance goes begging.

  • 66'

    Lille don't appear to be going for it now that United are down to ten men....having said that, Odemwegie has chance to head at goal but squanders the opportunity.

  • 64'

    United are down two ten men but Giggs attacks. Ronaldo's shot is deflected goalwards and Sylva stretches to punch the ball over his crossbar.

  • 63'

    Scholes puts in a typical Scholes challenge on Makoun. The United midfielder has already been booked and he is off.

  • 62'

    Scholes chips the ball over the defence for Ruud but Rafael manages to get his head to the ball and Sylva hoofs it down the field.

  • 60'

    With his first touch Dernis drives at the United defence, who back off, and the sub's shot whistles just wide of Van Der Sar's lefthand post.

  • 59'

    Lille make a change. Off goes Acimovic for the more defensive Dernis.

  • 58'

    Fletcher fires a pass to Ruud, who has to stretch for the ball and can't control it. Makoun and Odemwegie do the same up the other end.

  • 56'

    Giggs chases a lost cause and causes Tavlaridis to spoon his clearance. Unfortunately no other United player has followed Giggs' lead and Lille are allowed to clear.

  • 54'

    A United attackbreaks down with O'Shea, who lunges at Debuchy to win back the ball and gets booked for a foul.

  • 53'

    Both sides are finding it difficult to pick a way through the packed midfield.

  • 52'

    Ronaldo and Vitakic clash again. The United player is late with a tackle and the Lille defender has his arm raised again.

  • 50'

    Vitakic delivers a form arm smash on Ronaldo Hulk Hogan would be proud off. The defender gets away with a yellow card and a few choice words from Ferdinand.

  • 48'

    Ferdinand gets a flick on to Giggs corner, Ronaldo heads on target but Sylva catches the ball and calms things down.

  • 48'

    Fletcher delivers quick cross from the right, Tavlaridis heads clear and United have a corner.

  • 47'

    Ronaldo loses possession but Bardsley wins the ball back and passes back to Ronaldo, whose near post cross is collected by Sylva.

  • 47'

    Scholes struggles to control a bouncing ball in the box and the defenders snuff out the danger before he can shoot.

  • 46'

    The second-half is underway, with United playing from right to left.


    Half-time. Only six shots in the entire half, Lille defending well and United unable to get going. The word of the day is 'frustrating'.

  • 45'

    Fletcher sends his marker the wrong way and whips in a cross. Ruud waits at the far post but Sylva rushes off his line to pluck the ball off the strikers head.

  • 43'

    Acimovic hits a shot from about 40 yards out. It's dipping, but Van Der Sar can see it is going over and pulls his hand away.

  • 41'

    Lille have set up defensively and have successfully managed to stifle United, forcing them to play through the middle. So far so good for the visitors.

  • 40'

    Odemwegie gets a yard on Ferdinand but Chalme's cross is just too deep for the striker to reach.

  • 38'

    A slick Lille moves breaks down and United counter. Giggs crosses for Scholes, who goes to shoot from the byline but stands on the ball and falls over.

  • 38'

    Ronaldo beats two players and is then hauled down by a third. Fletcher hoists the ball into the box for O'Shea, who can only head it out of play.

  • 36'

    Ferdinand plays a poor pass and then goes through the back of Bodmer in an attempt to recover the ball. Instead he gets booked.

  • 35'

    The markings from the Rugby League Grand Final are still visible on the Old Trafford pitch and I think Tavlaridis thinks he is playing in it, judging by some of his tackles.

  • 33'

    Ferdinand beats two Lille players to the ball and then launches Ronaldo on the attack down the wing. Ronaldo fails to look up and see the three unmarked United players and runs into three Lille defenders.

  • 32'

    ...Giggs hits it with his left foot, Sylva is rooted to the spot and the ball glances the near post and goes out for a goal-kick.

  • 31'

    Ronaldo draws a foul from Rafael, who gets booked, on the edge of the box. Ronaldo and Giggs stand over it...

  • 30'

    I can't believe how difficult a bunch of professional players can make passing the ball to each other look.

  • 29'

    It's not exactly edge of the seat stuff here at Old Trafford but there is only one goal in Europe so far tonight so you are not missing anything.

  • 27'

    Vitakic tackle Ronaldo with his studs showing. The United player makes nothing of it but Vitakic confronts the winger and arms are raised by both players. The ref decides a word is enough.

  • 26'

    Van Nistelrooy shrugs off Rafael and breaks clear of the defence, but the ref blows for a foul, a bit harshly, and the move grinds to a halt.

  • 25'

    Debuchy beats Giggs down the flank. Bardsley knocks the ball calmly back to Van Der Sar, who collects and leaps over the challenge of Odemwegie.

  • 23'

    Scholes fires the ball into Ruud, who attempts to play Giggs through the Lille defence......but once more it's a poor pass, much to Giggs' disgust.

  • 21'

    Arsenal are 1-0 up in Prague.

  • 20'

    O'Shea toe-pokes the ball past Debuchy and then hits the first defender with his cross. That's typical of the standard of football so far.

  • 19'

    Tafforeau shoves Bardsley after a robust challenge from the defender. The ref lets it simmer down without any intervention.

  • 18'

    Scholes intercepts a poor clearance and then chips an attempted pass out of play. Poor football all around.

  • 17'

    United are getting into this game now. They are starting to find the gaps.

  • 16'

    Bardsley advances down the right and delivers a low cross for Van Nistelrooy, whose low shot is saved by Sylva.

  • 15'

    ...short to Bardsley, flicked on by Ferdinand and Scholes' shot from a tight angle is palmed away by the Lille keeper.

  • 14'

    Giggs to deliver a freekick from the right....

  • 13'

    Giggs whips in a corner but Acimivic heads clear at the near post. The crowd are subdued.

  • 12'

    It seems Ferdinand hasn't learnt his lesson after being dropped by England. Concentrate my good man, concentrate.

  • 11'

    A mistake by Ferdinand allows Odenwingie to break free. The Lille striker drives into the box and takes a dive as Van Der Sar goes to meet him. No penalty says the ref, and rightly so.

  • 9'

    Ronaldo breaks down the left and crosses for Ruud, two Lille defenders miss their clearances but the ball races behind Ruud in the penalty area.

  • 8'

    It's all pretty passing triangles until the final third for United and then Ruud handles the ball and the move breaks down.

  • 7'

    Tavlaridis goes in hard, but fairly, on Giggs as Lille repel an attack. Neither team has mustered a chance of much note so far.

  • 6'

    Giggs pumps the ball in the box but Lille head clear - all the way back to Van Der Sar.

  • 5'

    Debuchy is caught offside on the right flank. Ruud is clattered again by Tavlaridis but the defender escapes with a warning.

  • 4'

    Ruud slips and falls heavily under Tavlaridis' challenge and is slow to pick himself up. Giggs juggles the ball into the box and tries to run with the ball on his head before losing possession - Mr Wu style.

  • 3'

    Bardsley is again in the thick of it as he shruggs Odemwegie off the ball with ease. Ronaldo is fouled by Makoun in the centre circle.

  • 2'

    Due to United's injury crisis at the back Bardsley gets another game at right-back, and he is fouled on the touchline by Tafforeau.

  • 1'

    No Wayne Rooney today so Paul Scholes is playing behind the front man as we get underway at Old Trafford.


    Lille team news: 1-Tony Sylva 22-Milivoje Vitakic 4-Efstathios Tavlaridis 5-Rafael Schmitz 20-Gregory Tafforeau (c) 2-Mathieu Debuchy 17-Jean Makoun 12-Mathieu Bodmer 21-Mathieu Chalme 14-Peter Odemwegie 15-Milenko Acimovic


    Man Utd team news: 19-Edwin van der Sar 26-Phil Bardsley 5-Rio Ferdinand 27-Mikael Silvestre 22-John O'Shea 24-Darren Fletcher 18-Paul Scholes 14-Alan Smith 7-Cristiano Ronaldo 10-Ruud van Nistelrooy 11-Ryan Giggs (c)