Champions League - Schalke tame Lyon

Wed, 24 Nov 22:42:00 2010

Schalke put themselves in contention to qualify from Group B after beating Lyon 3-0 in the Champions League at the Veltins-Arena.

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The Raul-inspired German side scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes and never looked back.

Jefferson Farfan slotted home the first before Klass-Jan Huntelaar converted Peer Kluge's cross.

Huntelaar then scored his and his side's third with seconds remaining in stoppage time.

Another worry for Lyon will be the injury sustained by influential midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in the second-half.

The France international was stretchered off following a tackle from Christoph Metzelder after an hour.

After suffering separate severe medical conditions, Chinese midfielder Junmin Hao (appendectomy) and Tim Hoogland (pancreatitis) have both returned to training for resurgent Schalke, while Christian Pander turned out for the reserves after missing the whole of last season.

Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez was rated as doubtful with a calf injury, despite appearing at the weekend, and led the attack for the French side. Full-back Aly Cissokho returned from a thigh injury in Sunday's match against Lens, but captain Cris (knee) and Clement Grenier (thigh) both missed out.

Schalke had failed to score in eight of their last 12 Champions League matches but had only conceded six goals in their last 11 Champions League matches and never more than once in any of those games.

Lyon conceded four goals in their last away game, against Benfica, but had conceded exactly once in each of the previous six Champions League matches on the road.

Schalke took the lead after 13 minutes through Farfan. Benedict Howedes's cross from the right was cleared by Pape Diakhate but only as far as Raul.

He tricked his way past Dejan Lovren before shooting. Lovren recovered to block but Farfan was on hand to send a simple left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

With just 20 minutes played Schalke doubled their advantage.

Peer Kluge was released down the left wing and sent over a cross. Raul dummied the ball and Huntelaar had the simplest of tasks to score from 10 yards.

The home side should have gone ahead inside the first 10 minutes.

First Huntelaar sent a looping header narrowly over, then Hugo Lloris saved well from Jose Manuel Jurado's 25 yard shot.

Lyon also had their chances in a whirlwind first half.

Lisandro shot with his right foot when he should have gone with his left after 16 minutes and Michel Bastos's volley from Gourcuff's corner was well saved by Manuel Neuer.

The second-half was as much about pride than anything else for Lyon as they struggled to claw back the two-goal deficit.

Only Lisandro's weak effort and Kim Kallstrom's 40-yard half-volley even looked like threatening the Schalke goal.

Bafetimbi Gomis's shot in stoppage time, easily saved by Neuer, summed up Lyon's efforts.

Schalke could have grabbed a third before Huntelaar did. The Dutch striker sent an effort straight at Lloris after a corner was not cleared with 10 minutes to go.

Mark Applin / Eurosport

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