UEFA Champions League

September 15, 2004



2 - 2

Manchester United

Group D

18:45 +00:00, September 15, 2004

Municipal De Gerland, France

Referee: Wolfgang Stark

  • 90'

    The draw puts them in pole position in the group, with two home games to come against Fenerbahce and Sparta Prague

  • 90'

    This United side may not be able to defend, but they certainly have great character to come back from behind

  • 90'

    United did superbly to come back and earn a 2-2 draw after looking dead and buried at half-time in the Municipal De Gerland

  • 90'

    And there goes the full-time whistle

  • 90'

    Juninho finds too much space just outside the box and is allowed the shot - and United escape as he effort crashes off the outside of the post

  • 90'

    Malouda goes down in the box under Neville's challenge, but he was looking for it - never a penalty

  • 89'

    Two minutes to be added on

  • 88'

    Reveillere holds by Ronaldo. He plays the free-kick short and United can't work the opening

  • 87'

    Lyon make their final change, Sylvain Wiltord replaced by Jeremy Clement

  • 86'

    The atmosphere withint he stadium has died somewhat as well. Lyon fans amazed at the comeback, United supporters eager for the hard-earned draw

  • 85'

    Both sides look happy with the draw now, very few adventurous attacks late in the game

  • 84'

    Keane looks for Neville down the line, there's too much on it and Coupet with take the goal-kick

  • 83'

    Scholes looks for Giggs with a long ball over the top, but the Welshman is offside

  • 82'

    Sir Alex makes his second change, Phil Neville is introduced in place of John O'Shea

  • 81'

    United are looking very vulnerable again now, space really opening up at the back

  • 80'

    Lyon are pushing for a winner now. Nilmar latches onto a loose ball on the right of the box and plays a neat cut-back to Wiltord six-yards out - who blazes over. He had the time to take a touch and blew it

  • 79'

    A change for United now, Ruud van Nistelrooy makes way for Alan Smith

  • 78'

    Suddenly Lyon are on the break, Malouda's pace takes him into the box and finds Nilmar with an open goal... and he puts it wide of the post with Howard nowhere

  • 77'

    It comes to Giggs who breaks with great speed, he spots the run of Ronaldo who finds acres of space just inside the box. He looks for Van Nistelrooty, but only finds Coupet

  • 76'

    Corner to Lyon. Juninho floats it in from the left, a combination of O'Shea and Ronaldo clear

  • 75'

    Heinze finsd himself well forwad, dinks one into the box but only finds the head of Cacapa

  • 74'

    A second change for the home side as Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Sydney Govou

  • 73'

    Coupet comfortable holds onto Ronaldo's cross after he cut in from the left and shot with his right boot

  • 72'

    Now Malouda breaks into the box on the left, and this time Howard opts to hold onto the cross

  • 71'

    Juninho finds Wiltord on the right with a fine raking pass. The former Arsenal man looks to hang one into the centre - Howard punches clear

  • 70'

    Lyon are coming back into it now, they appear to have recovered from that double Van Nistelrooy strike

  • 69'

    Ronaldo is felled by Cris just outside the area, and chance to get it into the danger zone. Ronaldo curls it in to the near post but can only hit Juninho

  • 68'

    Juninho takes from the right, it comes to the unmarked Wiltord at the back, he checks inside and his shot beats Howard - but not Scholes on the line, who again comes to United's rescue

  • 67'

    A mistake by Silvestre gifts the ball to Govou, and Brown had to be sharp to put it behind

  • 66'

    United are playing with much more confidence now, keeping the ball and coming forward with purpose

  • 65'

    A change for Lyon, with goalscorer Pierre-Alain Frau being replaced by Honorato da Silva Nilmar - who's scored two goals in just 15 minutes of football for the French side

  • 64'

    Cris gets a booking for a challenge from behind on Van Nistelrooy, a bit of afters following the earlier incident

  • 63'

    United will press forward now, a certain defeat has become a probable victory. There will be doubt in the minds of Lyon players after throwing away such a commanding position

  • 62'

    After looking down and out United are level at 2-2 with a double in five minutes. Van Nistelrooy was just onside, and he was left with the simple task of helping the ball past Coupet after it ran into his path off a defender

  • 61'


  • 61'

    Keane it up superbly waiting for support from Ronaldo. The winger comes in and takes the short pass, but his shot is deflected... into the path of Van Nistelrooy who's clean through...

  • 61'

    Now the United fans can be heard in the Municipal De Gerland. Will they get more to cheer?

  • 60'

    Van Nistelrooy and Cris are spoken to by the ref after a coming together, there's a lot at stake now

  • 59'

    Van Nistelooy sends Essien tumbling with an attempt tackle which finds... the tackle. Ouch!

  • 58'

    It came from nowhere, but now United are back in the game and we should be in line for a grandstand finish. Great play from Ronaldo - he chased the loose ball and then found the Dutchman with a fine cross. 2-1

  • 57'

    Van Nistelrooy nods superbly past Coupet into the very corner of the net, breaking Denis Law's scoring record in the process

  • 56'


  • 55'

    Ronaldo picks up on a deep cross from Keane and just keep it in play. The Portuguese looks up and picks out Van Nistelrooy at the far post...

  • 54'

    Ronaldo takes himeself from the left, Juninho nods clear at the near post

  • 53'

    Ronaldo shows the old step-over time and time again, and wins the corner

  • 52'

    Essien blocks the run of Giggs - free-kick, taken short

  • 51'

    Essien heads clear from Keane's curling cross into the area

  • 50'

    It's a scrapped opening to the second period, very stop-start

  • 49'

    Juninho is clattered by Djemba-Djemba, free-kick centrally in the United half

  • 48'

    Djemba-Djemba remains on the pitch to give the ball away a bit more... very strange

  • 47'

    Scholes drags back Govou, and we begin with a free-kick as in the first half

  • 46'

    The second period is begun by Lyon

  • 45'

    United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is going to have to go into hair-dryer mode to get this sorted. And if Djemba-Djemba appears after the break it will be one almighty shock

  • 45'

    Lyon were probably good value for their opener, despite Howard providing a helping hand, and since then they have taken complete control

  • 45'

    It's half time, and United need it desperately

  • 45'

    Frau curls home a fine left-footed effort with Howard helpless. It's no more than Lyon decide with United being cut open

  • 44'


  • 44'

    United are on the backfoot and in danger of sinking. O'Shea needlessly loses possession in the Lyon half and they break. Wiltord comes foward with pace and feeds Frau in on goal...

  • 43'

    Wiltord puts Govou through, Lyon well on top not, but Heinze gets back superbly to force Govou to stay wide, the angle becomes too tight and he fails to hit the target

  • 42'

    Juninho finds Wiltord in acres of space on the right flank. The former Arsenal man cuts inside and fires one across the face of goal - Frau just fails to connect

  • 41'

    Juninho delivers from the left this time, but United clear their lines

  • 40'

    Govou is tripped five yards outside the area by Djemba-Djemba. A real chance for Lyon. Juninho stands over it, his effort it poor and Lyon win a corner

  • 39'

    Djemba-Djemba again gives the ball away - he has hardly found a red shirt tonight - enabling another Lyon break

  • 38'

    United have given the ball away far too often in this game - and they were made to pay when Giggs dragged back Govou when he himself had squandered possession

  • 37'

    Govou messes up the cross after getting to the by-line, a real waste

  • 36'

    Now Govou tries a shot from just outside the area, and it drops inches wide of the left-hand post

  • 35'

    A shocking error from Howard, a real howler, he couldn't keep hold of Juninho's cross and Cris had the simple task of tapping home. 1-0 Lyon

  • 35'


  • 34'

    Giggs loses possession to Govou and then drags him back, clear free-kick 25-yards out on the right. Juninho floats it in, it misses everyone but Howards fumbles the ball...

  • 33'

    It's swung into the near post from the right, Frau gets there before the defence and it looks a certain goal - until Scholes, on near the post, heads off the line

  • 32'

    Govou crosses from the right but there's no-one in the box - O'Shea gets no help and slices the clearance behind for the corner

  • 31'

    Giggs does well to head clear from Juninho's delivery, then Frau slices a shot hopefully wide after Wiltord finds him on the edge of the box from the loose ball

  • 30'

    Wiltord is tugged back by O'Shea, free-kick to Lyon and a chance to launch it into the box

  • 29'

    Lyon play it around the defence, happy to wait for the moment to move forwards

  • 28'

    Howard takes Wiltord's shot from 25-yards with ease - bread and butter

  • 27'

    Wiltord lays the ball off for Juninho, there's a chance to strike but he gets it all wrong - it sails well over

  • 26'

    Scholes picks up the loose ball and plays Van Nistelrooy in over the top. Cacapa does superbly against the Dutchman - and forced the foul

  • 25'

    O'Shea does well to stand up and win the ball from the advancing Wiltord

  • 24'

    Lyon are getting back on top now, but look short on quality in the final third

  • 23'

    Silvestre hacks clear following a Frau cross from the right

  • 22'

    Another cross comes in, this time Malouda misses the header and Howards gathers via the striker's back

  • 21'

    Cacapa does well to get back and thwart Ronaldo just as the Portuguese thought he was in on goal

  • 20'

    Henize again fells Govou, he'll have to be careful

  • 19'

    United give the ball away, Silvestre making a mess of it and Malouda is fed through on goal by Wiltord. Howard comes out to smother the shot brilliantly and the visitors somehow clear.

  • 18'

    In comes in from the right, Cacapa is unmarked ten yards out and somehow manages to nod it wide of the left-hand post. He should have opened the scoring - awful defending

  • 17'

    Djemba-Djemba is caught out by Frua, he finds Govou but mis-hits two attempted crosses - but does win a corner

  • 16'

    United coming more into the game now, looking to take control both in possession and goals

  • 15'

    O'Shea's carelessness forces Keane into a rushed cross from deep - in turns out to be a lethal, curling ball into the box which finds Giggs at the back stick, but his first time effort goes wide of the opposite post

  • 14'

    The corner is a poor one, but the ball drops to Djemba-Djemba who again shoots over the top of the crossbar

  • 13'

    Ronaldo gets to the by-line and looks for Scholes at the back stick, forcing Reveillere to head behind for the corner

  • 12'

    Keane tries to play in Ronaldo down the line, only for Abidal to attempt to shield he ball out of play - then do two superb turns to leave Ronaldo on the deck and clear

  • 11'

    Djemba-Djemba goes inches over the bar - so close to giving United the lead slightly against the run of play

  • 10'

    Juninho wastefully gives the ball away to Keane in the centre, United can break. Ronalso gets it on the right and although Scholes misses the ball it comes to Djemba-Djemba...

  • 9'

    Frau looks to use his pace to get past Silvestre but goes down just outside the area under the French international's challenge. The ref waves play on - Silvestre can count himself lucky there

  • 8'

    Although Lyon are on top they are yet to cause any problems in the final third

  • 7'

    Govou needs some treatment for the physio but he'll be okay to carry on - even though Heinze managed to draw blood

  • 6'

    Heinze's is late on Govou and is left on the floor in agony. The Argentine won the ball, but followed through onto the forward's shin. Heinze eventually gets a card from referee Stark, and Govou is left with stud marks

  • 5'

    Scholes almost slips Van Nistelrooy through the centre, Cacapa intercepts well but the flag is up anyway

  • 4'

    Malouda wins a corner off O'Shea - danger for United. Juninho takes, but United are able to deal with the cross

  • 3'

    Lyon are out of the blocks the quickest, looking for an early breakthrough

  • 2'

    Abidal leans on Ronaldo, free-kick to United which is taken short

  • 2'

    Essien and Van Nistelrooy collide. It looks a little nasty at first as both hit the deck, but both are okay without treatment

  • 1'

    United get this clash at the Municipal De Gerland under way


    Eric Djemba-Djemba wins the battle with Kleberson to partner Roy Keane in central midfield, while John O'Shea's recovery from a thigh injury allows the Irishman to start at right-back in place of Phil Neville. With Smith out, Ruud van Nistelrooy leads the Red Devils attack, needing one goal to break Denis Law's United European scoring record.


    Alan Smith loses his place in the Manchester United starting line-up tonight as Sir Alex Ferguson's men look to get their latest Champions League campaign off to a winning start against Lyon. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo for Smith was one of three changes.


    Manchester United begin their UEFA Champions League campaign tonight away to Lyon. Join us for all the action! Kick-off 19.45 UK time.