Tuesday November 2, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Estádio da Luz

Benfica 4 - 3 Olympique Lyon

  • Alan Kardec 20’
  • Coentrão 32’, 67’
  • Javi Garcia 43’
  • Gourcuff 75’
  • Gomis 85’
  • Lovren 90’

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  1. Benfica edge thriller with Lyon

    Benfica edge thriller with Lyon

    Benfica held on to defeat Lyon 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at the Estadio da Luz to revive their hopes of qualification. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Benfica
    • Olympique Lyon
    • 90' There goes the full-time whistle. Benfica hold on to revive their Champions League Group B qualification hopes. Final score: Benfica 4 - 3 Lyon
    • 90+4' A complete mix-up in the Benfica defence sees Dejan Lovren produce a backwards header, from a clipped free-kick, past Roberto who is caught flapping at thin air
    • 90+4' GOAL FOR LYON! Benfica 4 - 3 Lyon
    • 90+2' Gomis drags his shot harmlessly wide after cutting towards goal from the left
    • 90' There will be four minutes of stoppage time - and a yellow card has been given to Benfica 'keeper Roberto for time-wasting
    • 90' Poor free-kick from Lyon, but it has lead to a corner from which Gourcuff is unable to find a teammate
    • 89' Lloris is made to come out and rush a clearance. But it is Benfica who are panicking as Javi Garcia brings down Gomis on the edge of the box out on the right
    • 85' And from that corner, Lyon pull another goal back. Gomis sliding in to convert a whipped Gourcuff delivery as the Benfica defence stood still. The home side definitely looking nervous as the clock runs down
    • 84' GOAL! BENFICA 4 - 2 LYON
    • 83' Lyon looking a fraction more dangerous as Pereira has to head clear for a corner with Gomis looking menacing arriving late.
    • 80' Great effort from Maxi Pereira, who cuts in off the right wing and blazes his shot narrowly over Lloris' crossbar
    • 76' Final Benfica sub: The impressive Carlos Martins is given an ovation as he is replaced by Felipe Menezes
    • 75' Yoann Gourcuff reduces the arrears for Lyon with a calm, side-footed first-time finish past Roberto from just outside the box
    • 75' GOAL FOR LYON! Benfica 4 - 1 Lyon
    • 72' More subs... Lyon sub: Alexandre Lacazette comes on for Jeremy Pied. Benfica sub: Weldon on for Alan Kardec
    • 70' Benfica sub: Saviola comes off for Franco Jara. Lyon sub: Pjanic is replaced by Jean Makoun
    • 68' Now it really is game over. A fantastic counter-attack from Benfica, which starts right from the moment Roberto punches away an inswinging Lyon corner. And it's that man once again, Carlos Martins, who sprints forward before laying the ball off for Coentrao who coolly chips the on-rushing Lloris to put the icing firmly on the cake. 4-0 to Benfica
    • 68' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 4 - 0 Lyon
    • 66' Chance for Lyon - free-kick from 25 yards out just left of centre. But Bastos' strike stays grounded and is deflected wide
    • 63' Pied attempts to feed Gomis, but the striker strays into an offside position
    • 60' Javier Saviola dives in at Maxime Gonalons, completely missing the ball, and earning himself a yellow card in the process.
    • 59' Lyon sub: Bafetimbi Gomis is coming on for Diakhate. Can he be the man to reignite the French team's spark?
    • 57' Another deep run from Martins sees his clipped ball back into the box plucked out of the air by Lloris
    • 54' Carlos Martins lies up another free-kick on the left but his delivery is this time comfortably claimed by Lloris under little pressure
    • 49' Slightly drab start to this second-half after the pulsating run of the first. Lyon seem startled by what has gone before.
    • 46' And we're back underway for the second half
    • 45' And that's half-time. Benfica well on top at the break, they lead Lyon 3-0
    • 45' 1 minute of stoppage time at the end of a nightmare first-half for Lyon
    • 44' Martins' delivery is met by Javi Garcia who nods the ball in from only a couple of yards out. Lloris was at big fault on that one - he gets nowhere near the ball from the corner kick and is outmuscled by Garcia who has the simple task of guiding the ball into the corner of the net
    • 44' GOAL FOR BENFICA! BENFICA 3 - 0 LYON
    • 42' Coentrao forces a corner for Benfica with only a couple of minutes of the half remaining. Carlos Martins first delivery is poor, but he gets a second chance and...
    • 40' Big moment where it should have been 3-0 to Benfica. Lloris is called into making a solid save but Cesar Peixoto running on to the rebound is unable to connect; had he done so then that surely would have been game over for Lyon.
    • 38' Coentrao brings down Bastos on the right flank. Gourcuff's free-kick is whipped in well, but Cris is unable to direct his connecting header on goal and with power
    • 36' Gaps are starting to appear in the French defence, but it is Benfica who are beginning to rush the play - Carlos Martins giving away a cheap free-kick
    • 34' Lyon come straight back on the attack, but a Bastos corner is swiftly cut out by the Benfica backline. The French side are more than a little flustered at the moment.
    • 31' In fact, Pjanic's free-kick was so poor that Benfica break and with a swift pass-and-move Carlos Martins finds the ball just outside of the Lyon penalty area. He proceeds to clip a delightful pass into the path of Fabio Coentrao who buries the ball on the volley past Lloris into the bottom corner
    • 31' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 2 - 0 Lyon
    • 30' Briand is felled by Carols Martins about 25 yards out from goal. Pjanic's free-kick is poor, however, and fails to find a man
    • 29' Revelliere swings in a cross down the right, after receiving the ball from Pied, and Briand attempts an acrobatic effort from it which travels over Roberto's goal. Fantastic improvisation from the French striker though
    • 27' Alan Kardec gets in behind the Lyon defence down the right flank but his cross into the box fails to find a target, and the French side are just about able to clear their lines. Spirited stuff from the home team
    • 25' Moments earlier, Miralem Pjanic had also been booked following Benfica's goal
    • 24' Handbags between Luisao and Dejan Lovren sees both players receive yellow cards. A differing of opinions from both players led to that
    • 23' Benfica certainly on the up as Eduard Salvio's run deep into the penalty box forces a corner, which ultimately leads to nothing.
    • 20' Benfica win a free-kick 30 yards out on the left and a delightful inswinging delivery from Carlos Martins is emphatetically met by Alan Kardec, who buries is header past Lloris low into the right-hand corner of the Frenchman's goal. A very important goal for the home team
    • 20' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 1 - 0 Lyon
    • 19' Benfica's Fabio Coentrao cuts in from the left, making his way past Anthony Reveillere, but the midfielder spoons his eventual shot over the bar having done all the hard work.
    • 17' More danger caused by Bastos powering down the right. The Brazilian feeds Yoann Gourcuff but his cross is charged down for a corner and Benfica get a chance to breathe
    • 16' The game is getting a little scrappy as Maxime Gonalons brings down Javier Saviola with a poor challenge
    • 13' First real chance from Benfica, as Eduardo Salvio's low-range drive from outside the area forces a fingertip save from Hugo Lloris diving low to his left in the Lyon goal
    • 12' Now Lyon attack from the left, but Pied's delivery balloons harmelssly wide
    • 11' Another massive warning to Benfica, as a delightful Bastos delivery from the right is controlled by Briand - by his hand - and so the French striker's eventual shot deep inside the box is correctly ruled out.
    • 10' Lyon have a free-kick from a good 35 yards out, but that doesn't put off Pjanic. However, the Bosnian's effort fails to test Roberto in the Benfica goal
    • 9' Lots of empty seats around the Estadio da Luz... how Benfica need the support tonight on a crucial Champions League evening for them
    • 8' From that corner, Carlos Martins inswinging delivery is punched clear to safety by Hugo Lloris
    • 7' End to end at the moment as Javi Garcia forces the first corner of the match for Benfica
    • 6' Jeremy Pied strays into an offside position as Lyon look to play in a long ball behind the Benfica defence
    • 5' Excellent counter-attacking from Lyon - Michel Bastos wins the ball in his own half, feeding Miralem Pjanic whose ball across the box is converted by Jimmy Briand... but the Frenchman is correctly flagged offside. No goal, but an early warning for Benfica
    • 2' Benfica have the first half-chance of the match as Maxi Pereira storms down the right, but his enthusiasm amounts to nothing
    • 1' And we are underway with Benfica vs Lyon
    • 19:42 And the teams have been led out, and that classic Champions League anthem is currently ringing out around the stadium
    • 19:35 In addition, of their four previous games in Portugal, Lyon have lost two and won only once - a 1-0 victory against SC Farense in the UEFA Cup first round which took place 15 years ago.
    • 19:30 Here's something which will spur on Benfica's fans - their team have never lost when welcoming Ligue 1 opponents to the Estadio da Luz in UEFA cclub competitions. In nine previous fixtures, Benfica have won five and drawn four. How they need that unbeaten run to continue tonight, if they are to remain in this season's Champions League.
    • 19:25 For Lyon, Michel Bastos starts after shrugging off a bruised right thigh, sustained during saturday's 2-1 win at home to FC Sochaux, as does Miralem Pjanic who has recovered from a groin complaint. But Lisandro Lopez will be out for roughly three weeks with a calf problem. Aly Cissokho (thigh), Jeremy Toulalan (foot), Ederson (thigh), and Cesar Delgado (thigh) are all missing from the squad, while Jean Makoun (thigh) is only fit enough for the bench after struggling during training on Monday
    • 19:20 For Benfica, Argentinean midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is suspended for tonight's clash and defender Roderick Miranda remains absent with a hamstring strain sustained way back in pre-season training. Long-term injury absentees Oscar Cardozo (knee ligament) and Ruben Amorim (knee) are both ruled out of contention.
    • 19:15 Team news is in... Benfica: Roberto, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, David Luiz, Cesar Peixoto, Carlos Martins, Javi Garcia, Fabio Coentrao, Saviola, Aimar, Alan Kardec. Subs: Moreira, Airton, Salvio, Jara, Felipe Menezes, Weldon, Sidnei. Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Diakhate, Lovren, Gourcuff, Gonalons, Pjanic, Pied, Briand, Michel Bastos. Subs: Vercoutre, Kallstrom, Kolodzieczak, Makoun, Gomis, Grenier, Lacazette. Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
    • 19:15 With Benfica currently in third, three points behind second-placed Schalke 04 and six behind Lyon, you would expect the Liga Sagres side to be feeling the nerves ahead of tonight's game. However, right-back Maxi Pereira, speaking to UEFA, says the team are feeling no extra pressure as they prepare to do battle with Lyon and that they "are fit, calm and ready to grab the three points". We shall see...
    • 19:10 By the way, you can follow live text coverage of Group B's other game: Hapoel Tel-Aviv vs Schalke 04 here
    • 19:05 Jorge Jesus' Benfica, meanwhile, have struggled thus far in the Group and desperately need all three points from tonight's encounter with Lyon, if they are to have any chance of attaining one of the two qualificaton spots for the Champions League knockout phases.
    • 19:00 Claude Puel's Lyon have shrugged off their recent domestic troubles with three wins from three in Europe to top Group B, and sit currently three points clear of second-placed Schalke 04. Their most recent victory came at home tonight's Portuguese opponents, where goals from Jimmy Briand and Lisandro Lopez saw off the challenge of a despondent Benfica
    • 18:55 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of this evening's Champions League Group B clash between Benfica and Lyon
  • Summary

    • 90+4' A complete mix-up in the Benfica defence sees Dejan Lovren produce a backwards header, from a clipped free-kick, past Roberto who is caught flapping at thin air
    • 90+4' GOAL FOR LYON! Benfica 4 - 3 Lyon
    • 85' And from that corner, Lyon pull another goal back. Gomis sliding in to convert a whipped Gourcuff delivery as the Benfica defence stood still. The home side definitely looking nervous as the clock runs down
    • 84' GOAL! BENFICA 4 - 2 LYON
    • 80' Great effort from Maxi Pereira, who cuts in off the right wing and blazes his shot narrowly over Lloris' crossbar
    • 75' Yoann Gourcuff reduces the arrears for Lyon with a calm, side-footed first-time finish past Roberto from just outside the box
    • 75' GOAL FOR LYON! Benfica 4 - 1 Lyon
    • 68' Now it really is game over. A fantastic counter-attack from Benfica, which starts right from the moment Roberto punches away an inswinging Lyon corner. And it's that man once again, Carlos Martins, who sprints forward before laying the ball off for Coentrao who coolly chips the on-rushing Lloris to put the icing firmly on the cake. 4-0 to Benfica
    • 68' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 4 - 0 Lyon
    • 44' Martins' delivery is met by Javi Garcia who nods the ball in from only a couple of yards out. Lloris was at big fault on that one - he gets nowhere near the ball from the corner kick and is outmuscled by Garcia who has the simple task of guiding the ball into the corner of the net
    • 44' GOAL FOR BENFICA! BENFICA 3 - 0 LYON
    • 40' Big moment where it should have been 3-0 to Benfica. Lloris is called into making a solid save but Cesar Peixoto running on to the rebound is unable to connect; had he done so then that surely would have been game over for Lyon.
    • 31' In fact, Pjanic's free-kick was so poor that Benfica break and with a swift pass-and-move Carlos Martins finds the ball just outside of the Lyon penalty area. He proceeds to clip a delightful pass into the path of Fabio Coentrao who buries the ball on the volley past Lloris into the bottom corner
    • 31' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 2 - 0 Lyon
    • 29' Revelliere swings in a cross down the right, after receiving the ball from Pied, and Briand attempts an acrobatic effort from it which travels over Roberto's goal. Fantastic improvisation from the French striker though
    • 27' Alan Kardec gets in behind the Lyon defence down the right flank but his cross into the box fails to find a target, and the French side are just about able to clear their lines. Spirited stuff from the home team
    • 20' Benfica win a free-kick 30 yards out on the left and a delightful inswinging delivery from Carlos Martins is emphatetically met by Alan Kardec, who buries is header past Lloris low into the right-hand corner of the Frenchman's goal. A very important goal for the home team
    • 20' GOAL FOR BENFICA! Benfica 1 - 0 Lyon
    • 19' Benfica's Fabio Coentrao cuts in from the left, making his way past Anthony Reveillere, but the midfielder spoons his eventual shot over the bar having done all the hard work.
    • 13' First real chance from Benfica, as Eduardo Salvio's low-range drive from outside the area forces a fingertip save from Hugo Lloris diving low to his left in the Lyon goal
    • 11' Another massive warning to Benfica, as a delightful Bastos delivery from the right is controlled by Briand - by his hand - and so the French striker's eventual shot deep inside the box is correctly ruled out.
    • 19:15 Team news is in... Benfica: Roberto, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, David Luiz, Cesar Peixoto, Carlos Martins, Javi Garcia, Fabio Coentrao, Saviola, Aimar, Alan Kardec. Subs: Moreira, Airton, Salvio, Jara, Felipe Menezes, Weldon, Sidnei. Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Diakhate, Lovren, Gourcuff, Gonalons, Pjanic, Pied, Briand, Michel Bastos. Subs: Vercoutre, Kallstrom, Kolodzieczak, Makoun, Gomis, Grenier, Lacazette. Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

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