Anderlecht vs. AEK Athens  2 - 2

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Lille OSC advance to second round

6 December 2006 22:47

BRUSSELS/MILAN, Dec 6 (SW) - Lille OSC are through to the next round in the Champions League as result of a 0-2 win at AC Milan while AEK Athens failed to win at RSC Anderlecht.

RSC Anderlecht - AEK Athens 2-2

AEK went into this match with a one-point advantage over Lille for second place but still needed a win to not have to depend on AC Milan to do their job.

Anderlecht were already certain of finishing fourth and had nothing to lose at the Vanden Stock stadium of Brussels.

After 38 minutes, chaos in AEK's defense enabled Anthony Vanden Borre to open the score in Belgian advantage.

And in the 63rd minute, things got worse for the Greeks as Nicolas Frutos doubled Anderlecht's lead. The forward scored in the rebound after a Tchite effort had been parried.

Vassilios Lakis gave his side new hope in the 75th minute, heading in from a cross by Nikolaos Georgeas.

And six minutes later, the Greeks came another step closer to earning a place in the second round as Bruno Cirillo's strong volley from about ten meters left goalkeeper Zitka without a chance.

But a third goal would not be scored and AEK depended on the result at San Siro, where only an AC Milan win would see the Greek side through to the next round.

AC Milan - Lille 0-2

Lille realized that a good result would be needed to have a chance of surpassing AEK and the French needed only seven minutes to score at AC Milan.

A powerful distance shot by Bodmer was blocked by goalkeeper Kalac but Peter Odemwingie took advantage in the rebound.

On the hour mark, the Rossonesi almost managed to level the score but Filippo Inzaghi's header from a Gourcuff corner kick hit the French crossbar.

But seven minutes later, Lille doubled their lead. Kader Keita picked up the ball in midfield, combined with Bodmer and struck past Kalac for 0-2.

This was enough for the visiting side to win this match and move into second place at the expense of AEK Athens, who will make an appearance in the UEFA Cup after the winter break.

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