Eurosport - Wed, 10 Mar 21:39:00 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo could not prevent Real Madrid from crashing out of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu saw Lyon progress to the last eight 2-1 on aggregate.
The Portuguese lashed in an early opener as Real went on the attack for the remainder of the first half.
However a half-time reshuffle by Claude Puel paid dividends as Miralem Pjanic crashed home to leave the home side needing two goals in the final 15 minutes they barely threatened to score.
The first chance of the evening arrived less than a minute in, Kaka's shot from an angle on the right blocked close up by Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris.
Lyon barely touched the ball before Ronaldo hit the back of the net. Guti, recalled to the starting XI due to the absence of Xabi Alonso, sent a long raking ball down the left for the jet-heeled attacker to chase into the box.
From quite a wide position he shot low and hard and the otherwise imperious Lloris suffered the ignominy of the ball flying through his legs as he went to ground at the near post.
Real, who executed a stunning comeback against Sevilla in Madrid on Saturday, went looking for more. Kaka bent a shot from the left that stung Lloris's palms and Esteban Granero sent in cross after cross as Lyon struggled to get a touch, but managed to shore up their backline.
Los Merengues were in one of those moods and should have made it two through striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentina star, flawless at times this season, went past Lloris and into the box following a through-ball; with Jean-Alain Boumsong unable to get back, he contrived to strike the near post with his effort.
Three minutes on Higuain was denied by Lloris from inside the box with Ronaldo free square of him for an open goal. Kaka had laid on the chance with a lovely flick inside.
Jean Makoun flailed at a cross when Lyon orchestrated a rare attack and Les Gones were fortunate to go in at the break only a goal down and level on aggregate.
That result would have led to extra time, and for most of the second half that seemed the most likely outcome. However at its beginning question marks hung over Lyon's chances as the impressive Boumsong was withdrawn, with Jeremy Toulalan dropping back to sweep up behind the dominant Cris.
It was like watching two entirely different sides playing the second 45 minutes. Cesar Delgado, tireless in his defensive duties in the first half, began to get forward more and more, while substitute Kim Kallstrom also worked well out wide.
Twenty-year-old Maxime Gonalons, also a half-time introduction, headed the first chance over while soon after frustrated striker Lisandro Lopez unleashed a fearsome drive that Iker Casillas beat away.
Whenever Madrid ventured towards the box the ball was taken from them, while Lyon built patiently from deep to unnerve home fans mindful that their club had been knocked out at this stage for each of the past five seasons.
The apprehension morphed into full-blown anxiety when Lyon snatched the vital away goal. Delgado played a pass to the feet of Lisandro, lurking in the area, and his tee-up for Pjanic was not left disappointed by excellent control and a thunderous finish.
There was an aborted fightback as Lyon cleared a couple of corners following the arrival of Champions League record scorer Raul for Kaka, and as Real became increasingly undisciplined, Lisandro raced through only to screw his shot wide with all the time in the world.
Delgado then skied a further one-on-one in injury-time, but it did not matter: Real were down and out as Lyon recorded a famous European triumph.