Tuesday September 14, 2010 Group Phase: Group B Finished Stade Gerland

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  1. Lyon defeat 10-man Schalke

    Lyon defeat 10-man Schalke

    Lyon started their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win thanks to a disastrous evening for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes. More

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    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • Schalke 04
    • 90+3' Full-time. Lyon defeat Schalke 1-0 in Group B.
    • 90+1' Final sub for Lyon, Kim Kallstrom comes on for Jimmy Briand.
    • 90' No matter what Lyon come up with, Schalke have been equal to it. The French side will be disappointed if they are unable to add to their lead before the final whistle.
    • 88' A poor first touch from Briand took the ball away from him as he raced clear, giving Neuer the chance to come out and smother the ball.
    • 87' Lyon make a change, Jean Makoun midfielder replaces Yoann Gourcuff.
    • 85' Credit to the German defence, they have repelled everything thrown at them in the second half.
    • 82' The home side are winning corner after corner at the moment - they've had eight now in the second half.
    • 80' Lyon pressing hard for a second, but the Germans are defending well.
    • 78' Miralem Pjanic fires a fierce shot goalwards, which Toulalan glances on, but Manuel Neuer beats it out.
    • 77' Foul on Toulalan, free kick for Lyon in a promising position.
    • 75' Another sub for Schalke. Lukas Schmitz midfielder replaces Hans Sarpei.
    • 75' Neuer races of his line to make a timely interception.
    • 71' Now Lyon make a sub, Bastos is replacd by Jeremy Pied.
    • 70' Schalke make a change Jermaine Jones makes way for Peer Kluge.
    • 68' Great block from Hans Sarpei to deny Lisandro Lopez.
    • 67' Great counter attack from Lyon. Briand races down the right wing and pulls the ball back for Miralem Pjanic, who hits his shot agonisingly wide of the right hand post.
    • 63' Poor decision from the linesman there. Jeremy Toulalan slips a through ball to Lisandro who is onside, but sees his charge on goal curtailed by the flag.
    • 62' Excellent tackle from Nicolas Plestan on Lisandro Lopez as the Argentine zeroed in on goal.
    • 60' Petulant foul from Raul on Toulalan. Could have easily got booked for that. You can see he is getting frustrated.
    • 58' Lisandro Lopez races through on goal, but over runs it slightly and Manuel Neuer comes out to push him wide. The Argentine claims a penalty but his appeals fall on deaf ears.
    • 57' Schalke are struggling to get the ball off the French.
    • 54' Jeremy Toulalan heads a corner from Michel Bastos over the bar.
    • 53' Fizzing low shot from Lyon's Michel Bastos is turned wide by Manuel Neuer.
    • 52' Lyon in control at the moment, keeping possession. Schalke need to press harder and make it more difficult for their hosts.
    • 51' Ambitious effort from Schalke's Raul sails over.
    • 49' Bit of a scrappy start to the second half. Both sides giving the ball away and conceding needless free kicks.
    • 48' Yoann Gourcuff hits a lovely crossfield pass to Michel Bastos. Sublime.
    • 45' Schalke start the second half....
    • 45+2' Half-time and Lyon lead 1-0. Schalke face an up hill task in the second half after losing Benedikt Howedes to a red card.
    • 45' Early sub for Schalke, Joel Matip defender replaces Ciprian Deac.
    • 44' After all that drama we have a few minutes of calm....
    • 42' Lyon's Yoann Gourcuff fizzes a shot over from the edge of the box.
    • 40' Thimothee Kolodzieczak is shown a yellow card for a late challenge.
    • 38' Schalke down to 10 men!! Red card for Benedikt Howedes for a high challenge on Jimmy Briand. Was almost identical to Nigel de Jong's karate kick on Xabi Alonso.
    • 38' Lyon have had a lot of joy down the left channel, exposing the defensive flaws of Christoph Moritz.
    • 36' Schalke applying a bit of pressure now.
    • 33' Christoph Moritz almost makes amends for his mistake leading up to the Lyon goal. He hits a daisy cutter towards the bottom left hand corner, which Hugo Lloris does brilliantly to get down low to his left and turn round the post.
    • 31' Lyon's Yoann Gourcuff is shown the yellow card.
    • 30' After looking at a replay of the goal it looks like Schalke's Benedikt Howedes got the decisive touch on Lyon's goal.
    • 28' Some nice football from Lyon ends with Michel Bastos whipping a cross in from the left that is easily gathered by Manuel Neuer.
    • 27' Hans Sarpei cuts out an excellent crossfield ball from Dejan Lovren looking for Jimmy Briand. If that had reached the Lyon forward, Schalke would have been in trouble.
    • 24' Buoyed by their goal, the French side are really controlling this game.
    • 22' Almost 2-0!!! Bastos crosses the ball into the box for Jimmy Briand who turns it goalwards, only to be denied by the legs of Neuer.
    • 21' Christoph Moritz's header back to his goalkeeper was short. Michel Bastos beat Manuel Neuer to the ball and lobbed it over him, before following it up on the line to beat a Benedikt Howedes to the ball and slide it in.
    • 21' He didn't make it that time.... GGOOOAAALLL for Lyon!!!
    • 20' Lisandro almost manages to close down Manuel Neuer as he clears a back pass.
    • 18' The Germans looked excellent on the break again. They worked the ball out to Farfan, but his cross into the box was headed clear by Pape Diakhate.
    • 16' The French team have had 65 per cent of possession, but the German’s defence has shut them out with organisation and excellent reading of the game.
    • 14' Lyon have had more of the ball, but Schalke have looked a lot more dangerous going forward.
    • 12 Another chance for Farfan! The right winger rose unchallenged to meet a corner from Ivan Rakitic, but could only head over. Poor. Should have at least hit the target.
    • 12' A mistake from Thimothee Kolodzieczak gifted Jefferson Farfan with a chance to shoot on goal and the Peruvian thumped a right foot volley at goal, that was tipped over by a flying save from Hugo Lloris.
    • 8' Yoann Gourcuff has made some nice touches so far. If he's on his game tonight Schalke could be in trouble.
    • 7' Lyon have dominated possession so far, without making any significant inroads.
    • 5' Plenty of pace to the game so far. Both sides are zipping the ball across the surface.
    • 3' Lively start from both sides. This promises to be an entertaining opener in Group B.
    • 1' Early free kick for Schalke is pinged right on the head of Jermaine Jones, who heads wide. Good early chance for the German side.
    • 1' Lyon get the match underway....
    • 20:41 The players are in the tunnel at the Stade de Gerland. Interesting choice of kit for Lyon.....
    • 20:37 The son of a Puerto Rican soldier in the US Army and a German mother, Schalke manager Felix Magath won 43 caps for West Germany encompassing victory in the 1980 UEFA European Championship and the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, both of which brought runners-up medals. Magath made more than 300 Bundesliga appearances during ten years at Hamburg, getting the only goal of the 1983 European Champion Clubs' Cup final against Juventus.
    • 20:35 Lyon coach Claude Puel's coaching philosophy is simple: assemble a team with high fitness levels, stamina and speed in abundance and a miserly defence. Such virtues helped Monaco to the French title in 2000 and earned Lille UEFA Intertoto Cup victory in 2004, three years after he had taken charge.
    • 20:34 Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan, who starts for Schalke tonight, faced Lyon twice while at PSV, his team winning 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals before losing 5-0 over two legs in the last 16 a year later.
    • 20:31 Senegalese defender Pape Diakhate, who starts for Lyon tonight, helped Nancy eliminate Schalke 3-2 on aggregate in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup first round.
    • 20:23 Lyon have also been busy in the transfer market - selling Sidney Govou to Panathinaikos, which means there are no longer any players at the club who participated in all seven of Lyon's league titles between 2002 and 2008.
    • 20:22 It's been a real summer of change at Schalke - 12 players in, 11 out. The big names to come arrive at the Veltins-Arena, include the Champions League record goalscorer Raúl, Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and former Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder.
    • 20:18 It's not been a great start for the Germans domestically either Schalke have opened up their Bundesliga campaign with three successive defeats, losing at Hamburger SV and at home against Hannover 96 prior to the trip to Hoffenheim. The last time they started with back-to-back losses, in 1987/88, they were relegated.
    • 20:17 Lyon paid Bordeaux €22m for Yoann Gourcuff; a record transfer between French clubs.
    • 20:17 Lyon are 12 matches unbeaten at home in Ligue 1, their last defeat coming on 23 December 2009 when Montpellier Hérault SC prevailed 2-1.
    • 20:16 Having gone further in last season's UEFA Champions League than ever before, Olympique Lyonnais once again set out on Europe's grandest stage aiming to become the first French winners of the trophy since 1993.
    • 20:16 In their last bid they nevertheless finished second in the group and qualified for the knockout rounds for the first time.
    • 20:15 Schalke, making their fourth appearance in Europe's premier club competition, will be hoping to finally make a winning start. In their three previous campaigns they were defeated without scoring a goal: against Valencia CF (0-1 home, 2007/08), PSV Eindhoven (0-1 away, 2005/06) and Panathinaikos FC (0-2 home, 2001/02).
    • 20:14 Domestically things aren't going too well for Lyon - five points from their opening five games represents their worst start to a domestic season since 1995/96. They had 13 points at this stage last term.
    • 20:12 At Stade de Gerland in last season's tournament they recorded five wins and a draw – including the play-off round – before the home defeat by Bayern. Lyon had finished second in their group, just as in the two previous seasons; before that the French club had come top of their section four years running.
    • 20:11 Lyon, who are competing in the group stage for the 11th season running, have progressed to the knockout rounds in each of the past seven campaigns.
    • 20:11 Schalke have played just one competitive away game in France, losing 3-1 win against AS Nancy-Lorraine in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup first round.
    • 20:10 The sides have not met in European club competition before but Lyon have lost their last two home meetings with German opponents, both against FC Bayern München, and conceded three goals each time. The 3-0 reverse in last season's semi-final second leg was the most galling as it completed a 4-0 aggregate defeat.
    • 20:07 Cris serves a one-match ban following his red card against FC Bayern München in the 2009/10 semi-final second leg.
    • 20:07 Lisandro missed the first three games of the season with an Achilles injury.
    • 20:07 Injury news for Lyon....Alexandre Lacazette, Ederson, Cris, César Delgado and Michel Bastos have all been sidelined by thigh injuries this term, though the latter was on the bench against Valenciennes.
    • 20:04 The referee is Ivan Bebek from Croatia.
    • 20:04 And now for the Germans, Schalke 04: Neuer, Moritz, Howedes, Plestan, Sarpei, Farfan, Rakitic, Jones, Deac, Raul, Huntelaar. Subs: Schober, Edu, Kluge, Schmitz, Jurado, Jendrisek, Matip.
    • 20:04 The starting line-ups are in. Here's the home side: Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Diakhate, Lovren, Kolodzieczak, Briand, Pjanic, Toulalan, Gourcuff, Michel Bastos, Lopez. Subs: Vercoutre, Gassama, Kallstrom, Makoun, Gomis, Gonalons, Pied.
    • 20:00 Evening and welcome to our coverage of Lyon v Schalke in Group B of the UEFA Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 88' A poor first touch from Briand took the ball away from him as he raced clear, giving Neuer the chance to come out and smother the ball.
    • 78' Miralem Pjanic fires a fierce shot goalwards, which Toulalan glances on, but Manuel Neuer beats it out.
    • 68' Great block from Hans Sarpei to deny Lisandro Lopez.
    • 67' Great counter attack from Lyon. Briand races down the right wing and pulls the ball back for Miralem Pjanic, who hits his shot agonisingly wide of the right hand post.
    • 58' Lisandro Lopez races through on goal, but over runs it slightly and Manuel Neuer comes out to push him wide. The Argentine claims a penalty but his appeals fall on deaf ears.
    • 54' Jeremy Toulalan heads a corner from Michel Bastos over the bar.
    • 53' Fizzing low shot from Lyon's Michel Bastos is turned wide by Manuel Neuer.
    • 42' Lyon's Yoann Gourcuff fizzes a shot over from the edge of the box.
    • 38' Schalke down to 10 men!! Red card for Benedikt Howedes for a high challenge on Jimmy Briand. Was almost identical to Nigel de Jong's karate kick on Xabi Alonso.
    • 33' Christoph Moritz almost makes amends for his mistake leading up to the Lyon goal. He hits a daisy cutter towards the bottom left hand corner, which Hugo Lloris does brilliantly to get down low to his left and turn round the post.
    • 30' After looking at a replay of the goal it looks like Schalke's Benedikt Howedes got the decisive touch on Lyon's goal.
    • 22' Almost 2-0!!! Bastos crosses the ball into the box for Jimmy Briand who turns it goalwards, only to be denied by the legs of Neuer.
    • 21' Christoph Moritz's header back to his goalkeeper was short. Michel Bastos beat Manuel Neuer to the ball and lobbed it over him, before following it up on the line to beat a Benedikt Howedes to the ball and slide it in.
    • 21' He didn't make it that time.... GGOOOAAALLL for Lyon!!!
    • 12 Another chance for Farfan! The right winger rose unchallenged to meet a corner from Ivan Rakitic, but could only head over. Poor. Should have at least hit the target.
    • 12' A mistake from Thimothee Kolodzieczak gifted Jefferson Farfan with a chance to shoot on goal and the Peruvian thumped a right foot volley at goal, that was tipped over by a flying save from Hugo Lloris.
    • 1' Early free kick for Schalke is pinged right on the head of Jermaine Jones, who heads wide. Good early chance for the German side.

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