Wednesday November 4, 2009 Group Stage: Group E Finished Stade Gerland

Olympique Lyon 1 - 1 Liverpool

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  1. Draw puts Liverpool in danger

    Draw puts Liverpool in danger

    Liverpool's Champions League hopes hang in the balance after a last-minute goal denied them a crucial win, their match in Lyon ending 1-1. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3 That's the whistle! A draw for Liverpool, but it should have been a win! They MUST win their last two matches now, and hope other results go their way. Fiorentina need to lose BOTH their final games now, against Lyon and Liverpool. Phew.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time being played and Lyon are pushing for a winner....
    • 90' Mix-up in the Liverpool defence as Babel misses a header, nodded over Agger and it rebounds off Kyrgiakos and and Lisandro is in, he can break Liverpool's hearts here and he clips it over Reina for 1-1! Oh no! A comedy goal, with errors and lucky rebounds and Lyon are level!
    • 89' Babel is played in on the left but he drills the low shot wide of the near post!
    • 88' Benayoun with a superb ball through to N'Gog but Lloris flies out to block.
    • 87' LIVERPOOL SUB: N'Gog on for Torres, with Rafael Benitez trusting his team to hold on to this lead.
    • 85' Ha ha ha, ha ha. Oh. I'm laughing because, after that wonder goal, the other side of Ryan Babel was just shown after he decided to take a free-kick from the left-hand side of the box. It went out for a throw, almost perfectly horizontal that effort.
    • 83' Liverpool counter, Babel has it on the inside left, he cuts on to his right AND WHAT A GOAL!! HE HAMMERS IT INTO THE TOP LEFT LEAVING LLORIS NO CHANCE! LIVERPOOL LEAD AND WHAT A STRIKE FROM RYAN BABEL!
    • 82' Good play by Lyon as Govou plays it in, Ederson tries a bicycle kick but misses, Lisandro could be in but Agger heads clear.
    • 80' Kallstrom takes but another poor free-kick from the Swede, well over.
    • 79' Torres knocks it past Toulalan and is in but Cissokho is super-quick and gets ahead of him to clear. Now Lyon break and Ederson totally does Agger on the edge of the box and he rugby tackles him to the ground! Agger is in trouble, he's already been booked but no card! Very lucky boy.
    • 78' That spell of Liverpool pressure breaks down as Kuyt loses the ball, long for Lisandro who has two defenders with him but cuts inside and plays a curling shot wide of the far post!
    • 77' Torres is dropping very deep in an attempt to influence the play, combining with Insua on the left....
    • 76' Gassama plays Ederson in but Agger is right across him to shepherd it out for a goal kick.
    • 75' Mascherano tries one from distance but Ederson flies in karate-style to make a one-legged block.
    • 74' SUICIDAL BACK HEADER FROM KYRGIAKOS TO PLAY LISANDRO IN BUT A GREAT SAVE FROM REINA! He was alert to the danger and saved the Greek, who is almost comically out of his depth at this level.
    • 73' LYON SUB: Disgraced skipper and occasional booze-hound Govou is on for Gomis.
    • 72' Torres with a great flick-on to Babel but the ref pulls it up, arm in the back on Cris from the Spaniard.
    • - GOALFLASH! Loads of fun in Florence as it is now 4-2 to Fiorentina against Debrecen.
    • 71' Bastos takes and sends it on target but easy for Reina. Reina clears and Ederson tries a cheeky one but well wide.
    • 70' Babel takes and it's played low for Torres but the hosts clear. Lisandro sprints away, I think Kyrgiakos fouled him but nothing given and Ederson is on the edge of the box but Mascherano wins the ball but clips him too and it's a free-kick 30 yards out.
    • 69' Agger intercepts and he surges forward, one-two with Kuyt and Torres is free wide right, he can cross for Agger but over-hits it but in flies Lucas WHO CAN FINISH BUT WHAT A SAVE FROM LLORIS and it flicks up for KUYT WITH THE BICYCLE KICK but weak and easily off the line by Cissokho! Babel picks it up and it's back in the mixer, Liverpool win a corner on the left.
    • 68' LIVERPOOL SUB: Babel on for the poor Voronin.
    • 67' Crossed in for Torres who can turn and shoot but the angle is closed down by Cissokho who blocks well.
    • 66' A long one almost frees Bastos but, arching back, he can only knock it down adn Agger clears. Liverpool counter with Torres down the left but he's outnumbered now and has to make do with a throw.
    • 65' Gassama is down hurt after an accidental collision with Voronin.
    • 64' Poor delivery this time, out for a Liverpool throw. Cissokho gets it off Ederson and sends a speculative shot on goal but covered by Reina at the near post.
    • 63' The corner has to be re-taken after some pushing and shoving between Gomis and Mascherano.
    • 62' Cissokho to Makoun, now Lisandro wide to Cissokho again, he crosses, Reina flaps, Bastos picks it up and wins a corner on the right.
    • 61' Kallstrom takes the free-kick but sends it well over.
    • 60' Gomis leads a Lyon charge all on his own and he manages to win a free-kick after a clumsy tackle from Voronin chasing back.
    • - GOALFLASH! Liverpool really need to win this game as Fiorentina are now 3-1 up against Debrecen.
    • 59' Ball over the top sends Gomis through past the Liverpool defence but Reina comes out to head it away. Good keeping. Liverpool break but a poor ball from left to right goes out for a throw.
    • 58' A promising Liverpool attack breaks down as Lucas looks sideways to Kuyt, who then goes backwards to Carragher.
    • 57' Cissokho gets forward and does Carragher for pace, good centre from the left-back and Bastos rises but heads well over.
    • 56' A Lyon move down the left is broken up by king destroyer Mascherano. Lyon doing well right now as Makoun and Ederson combine, Makoun slips it through for Gomis but he doesn't read it and Reina can claim.
    • 55' Getting a bit scrappy now as Torres goes down under a challenge by Makoun on halfway. That was late, and his fourth so far, should have been a card.
    • 53' Kuyt inside to Torres, clever flick and Voronin could be in but he goes down very easily as Cissokho brings the ball away.
    • 52' Sent wide to Benayoun but the cross is hacked away. Lyon try to bring it forward but Lucas and Mascherano get back to clear.
    • 51' Mascherano and Torres combine, Torres plays Kuyt in but Makoun fouls.
    • 49' Reina passes the goal-kick down the left but Insua handles.
    • 48' A poor clearance under no pressure by Insua gives the ball to Ederson, Lisandro on the left now, backheels to Cissokho and a good cross for EDERSON but he makes a right mess of the volley and sends it well over.
    • 47' Carragher comes up against Cissokho, goal kick to Lyon but Carra is convinced it was a corner. Looking at the replay of Ederson's fall, that was a cast-iron free-kick on the edge of the box, how on earth did the ref miss that?
    • 46' Ederson tries to race into the box and goes down like a sack of spuds after Insua came across him, but the ref waves play on. Surely a dive then? Hurled himself to the ground he did, that was no slip.
    • 46' Second half underway!!
    • - Liverpool have committed almost twice as many fouls, 13 to Lyon's seven, but both sides have one yellow card each.
    • - Pretty even half, with Liverpool edging possession (51%)but the sides both having five shots.
    • 45+3 Half time, goalless in Lyon but Liverpool the better side!
    • 45+3 Ederson and Gomis are on different wavelengths as the Brazilian plays the French striker down the right but Gomis stands still.
    • 45+2 Better delivery from Benayoun but Toulalon gets it away. Still with Liverpool though as they continue to make most of the running.
    • 45+1 Voronin is taking all Liverpool's set pieces and this one is poor too, easily headed away. Lyon counter, Lisandro sent flying down the left, he finds Cissokho but his ball is poor and the Reds break! Torres is in but Cris holds him up. Now Torres gets it back and wins a corner off Cissokho. Voronin insists Benayoun takes this.
    • 45' Kallstrom catches Torres, who is angry and as he fell almost took Toulalan's head off.
    • 44' Torres flicks it on to Voronin but a first touch heavier than an evening out with Sidney Govou (absent for disciplinary reasons after going drinking a few days before a game) sees Lyon get the ball back.
    • 43' Lisandro and Cissokho combine, Lisandro plays the one-two with Kallstrom but the Argentine can't get on the second ball and Liverpool clear.
    • - GOALFLASH! Debrecen have equalised against Fiorentina! Good news for Liverpool....
    • 41' Bastos is annoyed after a goal-kick is awarded after he loses out to Insua. Looked like the right decision to me!
    • 40' LYON SUB: Pjanic was not able to shake that knock off and Ederson comes on in his place.
    • 39' Liverpool with a good spell of possession as they keep the ball until Benayoun loses it to Cris, who wins a free-kick off Lucas.
    • 38' Gassama with a brilliant challenge on Torres on the edge of the box after the Liverpool striker spun towards goal.
    • 37' Lisandro races away from Carragher but miscontrols it out for a Liverpool throw. A spell of pressure for the Reds ends as Agger gives it back to Lloris.
    • 36' Liverpool are forced back to Reina but Agger surges forward over half away, he plays a one-two with Benayoun and he's in down the left but the cut-back is just behind his team-matea and Lyon clear.
    • 35' A bit messy as the ball flies around on the edge of the Lyon box but they clear. Kallstrom releases Bastos who races down the left but Insua keeps with him and prevents him from freeing Gomis.
    • 34' Toulalan gives the ball away and Lisandro is forced to pull back Kuyt and get a yellow card. He must be wishing he could transfer that to Toulalan as it was entirely his fault.
    • 33' Liverpool with some good possession but Lyon clear, Agger brings down Gomis and earns himself a booking. Really cynical as Gomis was away down the right.
    • 31' Insua gives it away but gets it back from Bastos. Kuyt commits a foul and Pjanic is down hurt now...
    • 30' Both players get to their feet, just a scare for Kyrgiakos as he knee seems to give way, while Gomis knocked his head but is fine.
    • 29' Kyrgiakos clashes with Gomis accidentally and they're both rolling around in pain, Kyrgiakos beckoning and this is worrying...
    • 28' A long ball catches the Lyon defence flat-footed and Voronin is in, he's clean through and Lloris rushes out to block the finish! Poor, poor finish from the Ukrainian.
    • 27' Agger pushes Gomis and Lyon have a free-kick on the right.
    • 26' Liverpool now with some possession, knocking the ball around but, 13th pass in, a poor touch from Voronin forces bim to back to Kyrgiakos.
    • 25' Lyon playing it around nicely and with confidence as Liverpool chase shadows. Benayoun does really well though, covering Insua and winning the ball.
    • 24' Lisandro is fine now, clashing with Voronin to win a throw.
    • 23' Lucas clatters into Lisandro, who goes to ground rather easily.
    • 22' Good spell of possession for Lyon but a great sliding tackle from Benayoun also earns Liverpool the throw.
    • 21' Cissokho brings it clear after Voronin slips on receiving the ball from Kuyt. Lyon win the throw on the left. Carragher forward but Torres tries a stupid backheel and Lyon give it back and they could be in here but Gomis's ball wide to Cissokho is too long and goes out.
    • 20' Carragher gets forward but he hasn't got the legs to knock the ball past Cissokho and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 19' There's a Lyon player down injured as Liverpool come forward. Looks like Reveillere is coming off for Gassama.
    • 18' Voronin takes the corner which comes off the head of Benayoun at the near post and just beyond the far post! Why didn't Torres attack the far post? He was just stood there at the far end of the six-yard box!
    • 17' Insua on the ball to get on to Kuyt's ball wide, he plays it low back in and it skips up off Benayoun for KUYT WITH THE FINISH but tipped over acrobatically by Lloris!
    • 16' Gomis has a crack from around 30 yards after slipping away from Mascherano quite easily but it's straight at Reina.
    • 15' Lisandro evades Kuyt and Cissokho is in on the left, great low ball but hacked away! Still with Lyon though as Cissokho again gets in down the left but the cross is cleared.
    • 15' GOALFLASH! Fiorentina have taken an early lead against Debrecen. NOT good news for the Reds.
    • 14' Shocking miscommunication between Kuyt and Carragher, whose attempted one-two is almost telegrammed it's so slow.
    • 13' The corneris only half-cleared as Lucas swings it far post, Cris gets a touch and it's out for a throw. This is more like it for Liverpool.
    • 12' Liverpool break, Benayoun wide to Insua, he puts in a low cross and it deflects into the path OF TORRES WHO MUST SCORE BUT SAVED BY THE LEGS OF LLORIS!
    • 11' Neat build-up from Lyon but Makoun's shot from 30 yards it widly over the bar.
    • 10' Kallstrom with a lovely ball wide right for Bastos but he can't take it on his right, shifts it on to his left and Insua is able to get back and clear.
    • 9' Good play by Lyon as Cissokho wide left plays it in for Kallstrom but Kyrgiakos blocks as the Swede tries to shoot.
    • 8' Agger clears from Pjanic. Lyon getting the better of these opening exchanges.
    • 7' Pjanic could be in again but a good challenge by Kyrgiakos and Liverpool clear.
    • 6' Young Miralem Pjanic to take from the left, right-footed but Lucas near post gets it away. Aly Cissokho goes all the way back to Lloris.
    • 5' Long diagonal ball from Kallstrom to Bastos, he takes it on the chest, still with Lyon as it's swung left to Lisandro, Carragher handles and pulls the Lyon striker and it's a free-kick.
    • 4' Liverpool break from that attack, Kuyt on the right swings it for Torres but Lyon clear.
    • 4' Bastos picks it up a good 30 yards out and hammers the ball in but held well by Reina, with Gomis lurking for the rebound.
    • 3' Pjanic and Makoun combine, the latter plays it long for Gomis who could be in here but just over his head and back to Reina.
    • 2' Gomis races forward but Kyrgiakos clears, only to Pjanic though who tries to play Gomis in but Agger intercepts.
    • 1' Insua plays the ball forward as Liverpool start with attacking intent, back with Lloris though.
    • 1' Match underway at Stade Gerland!!
    • - Toulalon continues at centre-back for Lyon, the midfielder stepping back due to an injury crisis. Last matchday's winner, Maxime Gonalons, is a natural defender but as a youngster is kept on the bench.
    • - So no Gerrard for Liverpool, as expected, not even on the bench, but Torres starts. Dan Agger comes back in for the Reds with Carragher moving to right-back. Liverpool pretty much making do with what they've got.
    • - Liverpool team: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Voronin, Benayoun, Torres; Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Ayala
    • - Lyon team: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Toulalan, Cissokho, Pjanic, Makoun, Kallstrom, Gomis, Lopez, Michel Bastos; Subs: Vercoutre, Ederson, Govou, Delgado, Tafer, Gassama, Gonalons
    • - Liverpool have a great record in France, winning their last four away matches against French clubs and five of the last seven.
    • - Liverpool, who have won only one of their last five CL games, badly need a victory to bolster their chances of reaching the last 16.
    • - Lyon have not beaten an English club in Lyon in their last five meetings, drawing four and losing one. Their last home victory over an English side goes back more than 40 years when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the 1967-68 Cup Winners Cup.
    • - Lyon have won all five matches in the competition this season, including the qualifying round, and have scored 15 goals.
    • - Liverpool will be in all kinds of trouble if they lose this match, and really they need to win it. A draw will put Lyon through, while Fiorentina can all-but secure qualification with a win against lowly Debrecen. Click here for group details!
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Lyon v Liverpool in their Champions League Group E clash at Stade Gerland, from 7.45pm!
  • Summary

    • 90' Mix-up in the Liverpool defence as Babel misses a header, nodded over Agger and it rebounds off Kyrgiakos and and Lisandro is in, he can break Liverpool's hearts here and he clips it over Reina for 1-1! Oh no! A comedy goal, with errors and lucky rebounds and Lyon are level!
    • 89' Babel is played in on the left but he drills the low shot wide of the near post!
    • 83' Liverpool counter, Babel has it on the inside left, he cuts on to his right AND WHAT A GOAL!! HE HAMMERS IT INTO THE TOP LEFT LEAVING LLORIS NO CHANCE! LIVERPOOL LEAD AND WHAT A STRIKE FROM RYAN BABEL!
    • 79' Torres knocks it past Toulalan and is in but Cissokho is super-quick and gets ahead of him to clear. Now Lyon break and Ederson totally does Agger on the edge of the box and he rugby tackles him to the ground! Agger is in trouble, he's already been booked but no card! Very lucky boy.
    • 78' That spell of Liverpool pressure breaks down as Kuyt loses the ball, long for Lisandro who has two defenders with him but cuts inside and plays a curling shot wide of the far post!
    • 74' SUICIDAL BACK HEADER FROM KYRGIAKOS TO PLAY LISANDRO IN BUT A GREAT SAVE FROM REINA! He was alert to the danger and saved the Greek, who is almost comically out of his depth at this level.
    • 69' Agger intercepts and he surges forward, one-two with Kuyt and Torres is free wide right, he can cross for Agger but over-hits it but in flies Lucas WHO CAN FINISH BUT WHAT A SAVE FROM LLORIS and it flicks up for KUYT WITH THE BICYCLE KICK but weak and easily off the line by Cissokho! Babel picks it up and it's back in the mixer, Liverpool win a corner on the left.
    • 28' A long ball catches the Lyon defence flat-footed and Voronin is in, he's clean through and Lloris rushes out to block the finish! Poor, poor finish from the Ukrainian.
    • 18' Voronin takes the corner which comes off the head of Benayoun at the near post and just beyond the far post! Why didn't Torres attack the far post? He was just stood there at the far end of the six-yard box!
    • 17' Insua on the ball to get on to Kuyt's ball wide, he plays it low back in and it skips up off Benayoun for KUYT WITH THE FINISH but tipped over acrobatically by Lloris!
    • 12' Liverpool break, Benayoun wide to Insua, he puts in a low cross and it deflects into the path OF TORRES WHO MUST SCORE BUT SAVED BY THE LEGS OF LLORIS!
    • - Liverpool team: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Voronin, Benayoun, Torres; Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Ayala
    • - Lyon team: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Toulalan, Cissokho, Pjanic, Makoun, Kallstrom, Gomis, Lopez, Michel Bastos; Subs: Vercoutre, Ederson, Govou, Delgado, Tafer, Gassama, Gonalons
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Lyon v Liverpool in their Champions League Group E clash at Stade Gerland, from 7.45pm!

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