UEFA Champions League

February 16, 2010



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Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, February 16, 2010

Stade de Gerland

Referee: Martin Atkinson

  • 93'

    That's it! Lyon are deserved winners, and in truth they should have won by more. They had a string of chances in the second half and should be taking a two or three goal lead to Madrid. It should be an intruiging second leg.

  • 92'

    Ronaldo has another go from wide left of the box but Lloris claims it easily.

  • 91'

    A terrible pass from Benzema goes out of play and Ltyon's fans roar their approval. They've been worthy winners tonight, if they can hold on.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added...

  • 89'

    Brilliant work from Kallstrom as Ronaldo tried to get the ball deep in his own half. The Swede puts him under pressure, then Ramos gives away a needless throw in.

  • 88'

    Delgado is coming off now, he's been excellent. Full of industry and skill. Michel Bastos comes on as the snow starts to fall.

  • 87'

    Lyon try to keep ball but the bobbly pitch is eventually their undoing.

  • 86'

    Govou has been excellent tonight and he draws a foul from Diarra with a neat flick.

  • 85'

    Back in France Cissokho does brilliantly to get in front of Kaka and turn Benzema's cross behind for a corner.

  • 84'

    Milan have just scored a sublime goal, through Seedorf.

  • 83'

    A deep cross from Alonso finds Granero at the back post but he tries an ambitious volley when he should have cushioned it back across goal.

  • 82'

    Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema find themselves three-on-three but despite costing about eight times more than the hat-trick defenders in front of them, they can't work an opening.

  • 81'

    Ramos gets a free header nods over from eight yards out. Lyon change: Lisandro off and Gomis on.

  • 80'

    Kaka now gets the ball down the left side and tries a curler and a deflection gives him a corner.

  • 79'

    Alonso spreads a nice pass wide for Kaka and he clips in a cross but it is cleared by Kallstrom.

  • 77'

    Pjanic is coming off - he's been good - and Kim Kallstrom is his replacement.

  • 76'

    Kaka is held up on the edge of the box then Benzema tries a curler but Lloris was in the right place and it causes him no trouble at all.

  • 75'

    Ronaldo gets to a deflected shot ahead of lloris and the 'keeper bumps into him. The ref looks like he's going to give it for a split second before waving play on.

  • 74'

    It's now 3-1 to Man Utd in the San Siro after a Rooney double.

  • 73'

    Ronaldo's effort is low, clips the wall and Lloris claims.

  • 72'

    Ronaldo gets to the ball in front of Cris and wins the free kick right on the edge of the area, but out to the right, near the angle.

  • 71'

    Poor control from Kaka as Alonso fires the ball at him on the right touchline. Lyon have retreated a little here.

  • 70'

    Benzema again profits down the right channel but he can't pick the right ball. It's just not happening for them at the moment.

  • 69'

    Benzema skips past Boumsong and squares the ball to Ronaldo but it was coming too quickly and his effort skims off his boot.

  • 68'

    Ronaldo charges down the left but Boumsong clears well. He didn't do much of that at Newcastle, I can tell you.

  • 67'

    More great football from Lyon as Pjanic releases Cissokho who crosses, forcing Garay to nod behind.

  • 66'

    Another chance for Lisandro but he should have crossed rather than shot. If that boy could finish he'd be lethal.

  • 65'

    Pjanic fires in a free kick from the right and Govou has a free header at the back post but as it bounces the pace is taken off it and Casillas catches. Lyon should be 3-0 up here.

  • 64'

    Mostly cheers greet Benzema as he comes on to replace Higuain.

  • 63'

    Then Real power downfield, Higuain is played in dopwn the right channel and tries to dink the ball over Lloris but the 'keeper pulls off a superb save.

  • 62'

    Lyon break and again they have three-on-three. Lisandro gives it to Cissokho and he is clean through on the left but Casillas saves. Then Lisandro can't connect with a Delgado cross!

  • 61'

    Ronaldo, there he is! He's hardly had a touch this half but he has a strike on goal which is deflected and though it was going wide Lloris didn't know that and makes a fingertip parry behind.

  • 60'

    Good work from Govou to get a cross into the area, and when Garay clears Pjanic is off balance and hits a half volley way over the bar.

  • 59'

    Now Lyon get out of jail after Kak's runs into the box, he loses control but Cris sticks out a leg and nearly takes it past Lloris. The 'keeper parries, then clutches gratefully.

  • 58'

    What a chance for Lisandro! Casillas hit the goal kick right to him 40 yards out, he takes the ball wide of Garay but strikes it wide of the far post. They need to take these chances or Real will make them pay.

  • 57'

    Pjanic drifts the ball in and Lisandro gets up above Ramos but can't direct his header on target. He's got to do better there.

  • 56'

    Lisandro breaks from the corner and for a while it is two-on-two. They get bogged down but maintain possession and eventually Alonso brings the striker down by the byline and gives away a free kick.

  • 55'

    Corner for Real...

  • 54'

    Pjanic rolls around after a challenge with Diarra but as soon as his team gets the ball back he's up on his feet again.

  • 53'

    Lyon are happy to sit in when Real have the ball and hit them on the break.

  • 52'

    Higuain turns and shoots but Kaka blocks it.

  • 51'

    Benzema warms up on the touchline. I think he'll get some action soon.

  • 50'

    Delgado grabs Alonso's telegraphed pass and runs at Garay, but the centre back does enough to put him off and Real can regroup. They've been dominated this half so far.

  • 49'

    Pjanic's free kick is hit into Garay by Arbeloa and looks for a minute like it is creeping in but Casillas gets there in the nick of time.

  • 48'

    Real try to hit back with a low header from Arbeloa but Lloris gets across.

  • 47'

    What a strike! Makoun pinched up a loose ball in the centre circle, charges down field and slams a shot into the top corner. Stunning goal.

  • 47'

    GOAL! Makoun!

  • 46'

    We begin again, and a Real Madrid change has been made. Marcelo is off and Garay comes on.

  • 45'

    Alonso gets a booking for tugging back Pjanic and he'll miss the return leg. Pjanic then turns in another of his cross-cum-shots and it heads harmessly wide. That's half time.

  • 45'

    Xabi Alonso has a pop from inside his own half but sends it nearer the corner flag than the net. His team-mates look perplexed.

  • 44'

    Arbeloa takes the ball down on the right but Delgado is back to concede a throw in.

  • 43'

    Pjanic puts in another flat delivery from a free kick but Govou can't direct it back into the danger area.

  • 42'

    Now Lyon nearly profit from a free kick as Real push up, leaving Lisandro seven yards out with a free header but he nods over. The flag did go up in the end.

  • 41'

    What an effort! Delgado meets the cleared corner on the volley from the edge of the box and it smacks the post with Casillas rooted to the spot!

  • 40'

    Reveillere wins a corner down the right hand side.

  • 39'

    Delgado does well to keep the ball in play but his cross is deep and no-one can get onto it. Good spell for Lyon here.

  • 38'

    The ball drops loose from a Real corner but cris' boot knocks it against Kaka and into the arms of Lloris.

  • 37'

    Man Utd have drawn level with one of the spawniest goals you will ever see. Scholes went to meet a cross with his right, missed it, but the ball hit his standing leg and crept in. Unbelievable.

  • 36'

    Lisandro gets a free header from ten yards out after a cross from Reveilliere but it is right at Casillas.

  • 35'

    Now Pjanic is floored by Marcelo, and this time he does get a card. This one was a touch harsh, but it was a high boot.

  • 34'

    Govou does the 'hopping in pain' routine after Marcelo studded him on the foot. That did look painful. Free kick.

  • 33'

    Great tackle from Cris as Kaka tried to get away, then Albiol clips Delgado after a nice change of direction from the winger.

  • 32'

    Lisandro sums up his half with another wayward shot from range. He's disgusted with himself, and so am I.

  • 31'

    Ramos does well to stick with Govou as he gets to the byline. His sliding tackle inside the area is well timed. Good job too.

  • 30'

    A terrible pass from Makoun as Delgado was charging down the left. It was a simple ball but he got it all wrong.

  • 29'

    Granero's free kick is poor before Cris clears Marcelo's chip back into the box.

  • 28'

    Ronaldo is clattered by Govou after his attempted through ball to Higuain. A deserved yellow card.

  • 27'

    A very un-Madrid like long ball goes right through to Hugo Lloris. Still 1-0 in Muilan by the way.

  • 26'

    Great scenes as a galloping Kaka is tracked by three blue shirts and eventually snared. Good feet from the Brazilian before that.

  • 25'

    Alonso looks for Ronaldo over the top but the linesman puts his flag up, eventually.

  • 24'

    Higuain is penalised for a shove. The game has dipped after a bright start.

  • 22'

    More trickery from Ronaldo and then a crossfield ball from Diarra. Delgadio brings the move to a swift conclusion with a chunky tackle on Albiol.

  • 21'

    Kaka brings down Toulalan with a high boot. That looked painful.

  • 20'

    Ronaldo and Kaka combine to release Marcelo on the overlap. He has a crack but drags it and only a good clearance from Boumsong prevents Higuain tapping it into the net.

  • 19'

    Delgado feeds Lisandro now but though he cuts in and makes space for a shot he drags it wide with his right foot.

  • 18'

    Delgado whacks a shot wildly after excellent work from Govou. He had colleagues well placed.

  • 17'

    Granero is penalised for handball after a terrible piece of control that flew up to hit his arm.

  • 16'

    Lyon win a corner, from which Boumsong gets up but nods over the bar.

  • 15'

    Lovely stuff from Real as Alonso feeds Ronaldo, he flicks beautifully into the path of Higuain but Cris gets there first.

  • 14'

    Good pressure on the ball from Lyon as they disrupt first Ronaldo and then Kaka. They'll need to do plenty of that. Great noise in the stadium too.

  • 13'

    Ronaldo tries an impish flick over Cissokho but it runs out of play. Fancy yellow boots he's wearing...

  • 11'

    More neat work from Govou as he takes the ball inside Marcelo with his first touch but blazes wide on the volley with his second.

  • 10'

    Cracking ball from Delgado over the top of Marcelo and Govou meets it on the volley but the angle was tight and he can only hit the side netting.

  • 9'

    Now Higuain gets down the right and crosses but Cris gets a boot in and Lloris can claim the looping ball comfortably.

  • 8'

    Toulalan just manages to reach a ball down the left before a racing Ronaldo nipped in front of him.

  • 7'

    Ronaldo's first run ends with a pass to Kaka, his ball to ther back post is almost inch perfect for Granero, but he can't keep it in play.

  • 6'

    The Brazilian scurries down the left but Reveilliere chases him down and puts the ball into touch.

  • 5'

    Another Pjanic free kick comes into the box but Diarra gets his head to it. The subsequent corner is well cleared and here comes Kaka...

  • 4'

    Higuain and Alonso try to combine but Cris blocks the pass. Milan are leading Man Utd already, Ronaldinho with the goal.

  • 3'

    The Stade de Gerland erupts as Lopez harries Sergio Ramos. It ended a long spell of Real passing.

  • 2'

    Lopez wins an early free kick and hammers it into the box, rather aimlessly and Real clear.

  • 1'

    We're off...


    Lisandro Lopez is Lyon's danger man, with ten goals this season. With Govou, Pjanic and Delgado this Lyon side looks like it should have goals in it. Here come the teams...


    Lyon old boy Karim Benzema makes the bench and he'll be hoping to play some part and prove to his former club that he is settling at Real, given plenty of evidence to the contrary.


    Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious threat for Lyon tonight but Higuain has had a good goalscoring season too. Kaka and Alonso start in midfield but there's no place for Lassana Diarra.


    Lyon are yet to be beaten at home in this year's competition while Real Madrid haven't lost on their travels. Something might well give tonight, unless it's a draw of course. As for domestic form, Real have won their last four, scoring 11 goals in the process. Lyon have four wins in their last five.


    Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo, Mahamadou Diarra, Alonso, Granero, Kaka, Higuain and Ronaldo. Subs: Adan, Gago, Raul, Lassana Diarra, Benzema, Drenthe and Garay.


    Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Boumsong, Cissokho, Toulalan, Govou, Makoun, Pjanic, Delgado and Lopez. Subs: Vercoutre, Kallstrom, Michel Bastos, Ederson, Gomis, Gassama and Gonalons.


    Good evening one and all and welcome to the business end of the Champions League. Lyon host Real Madrid and their legion of stars at the Stade de Gerland and you can follow it all live, right here.


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