Champions League: Lille beats Man U 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Milenko Acimovic scored the winning goal to lead Lille over Manchester United 1-0 in a Champions League match at Stade de France on Wednesday.

Champions League: Lille beats Man U 1-0

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Milenko Acimovic scored the winning goal to lead Lille over Manchester United 1-0 in a Champions League match at Stade de France on Wednesday.In the 38th minute, Acimovic ran onto a pass from Gregory Tafforeau that split United's defense, took a touch to control the ball and struck it into the roof of the net.Lille has five points from three matches in Group D, the same as United. Villarreal, which won 1-0 at Benfica, leads the group with six points."We deserved the win in terms of the way we played and the spirit we showed,'' said Lille coach Claude Puel. "We've been on a learning curve in the Champions League. We had to play at our best level tonight, and we did that.''Tafforeau nearly added a second-half goal for Lille in the 54th, but United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar tipped his curling free kick over the crossbar.Ruud van Nistelrooy had the best chance for United when his 58th-minute header rebounded off the crossbar and dropped close to the goalline.The match was played at Stade de France because Lille's temporary stadium at Villeneuve d'Ascq was considered too small.Acimovic, who also scored for Lille in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Marseille, was pelted with objects as he taunted the United fans behind the goal. Acimovic spent an unhappy spell at English Premier League team Tottenham, where he played only 17 games from 2002-04.England striker Wayne Rooney shot over the bar in the 27th minute and sent a swerving shot well wide in the 81st, but United looked sluggish in midfield without captain Roy Keane - one of several injured players.Lille striker Matt Moussilou placed a header wide in the 81st as Lille sought the insurance goal. (AP)



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