Wednesday March 7, 2012 Last 16 Finished GSP-Stadion

APOEL Nicosia 1 - 0
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Olympique Lyon

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  1. APOEL stun Lyon to progress

    APOEL stun Lyon to progress

    APOEL became the first Cypriot club to reach the Champions League last eight thanks to a 4-3 win on penalties over Lyon at the GSP Stadium. More

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    Time:120'
    • APOEL Nicosia
    • Olympique Lyon
    • APOEL progress to the last eight. They are through 4-3 on penalties. Some wild scenes to make this victory.
    • 4-3 All over! Chiotis makes another fine save from Bastos and APOEL are through to the last eight. He went to his left. A comfortable stop.
    • 4-3 Tričkovski goes straight down the middle. A 4-3 lead for APOEL. Bastos must score or Lyon are out.
    • 3-3 Chiotis dived to his left to make the save from Lacazette. Suddenly the home side in the driving seat.
    • 3-3 Alexandrou went straight down the middle as Lloris dived early to his left. 3-3 now.
    • 3-2 Chiotis dived the right way to his right, but Gomis had the power. Lyon lead 3-2.
    • 2-2 Morais drills the ball high into the net as Lloris dived low to his left. We remain locked at 2-2.
    • 2-1 Lisandro so fortunate! Ball hits a post, but comes back off the head off Chiotis as he dived and ends up in the net.
    • 1-1 Ailton sticks the ball to Lloris' right as he dived left. 1-1.
    • 0-1 Kallstrom scores for Lyon. Fine penalty. Chiotis went the wrong way.
    • 120' All over! A 1-0 win for APOEL on the night, 1-1 on aggregate. We head for penalties to decide who reaches the last eight.
    • 119' Cissokho penalised for a foul throw-in. That allows APOEL to take the heat off as we head for the final minute. Lisandro can't convert at the back post from Lacazette's cross. Ball was drilled with a bit too much pace.
    • 118' Gonalons opts to try his luck from 30 yards out. All a bit wild. A goalkick to the home side that APOEL will take their time over.
    • 117' Marcinho decides to hammer a shot at goal from 25 yards out. Over the bar for a goalkick to Lyon. Clock ticking down.
    • 116' APOEL will need to see out this match with 10 men. Lyon on the break as Bastos picks out Gomis, but Kallstrom's final ball flies straight into the arms of Chiotis.
    • 115' Manduca has been sent off for a second booking. Was a late challenge on Lacazette. No complaints.
    • 114' Trickovski challenged by Cris as he pulled the trigger. Can't get the shot on target as the ball clears the bar. Goalkick to Lyon.
    • 113' Kone comes up with another super tackle on Ailton. A vital interception. Had to get that right. Ailton should have got the shot away at that juncture.
    • 112' Gonalons is booked for a foul on Marcinho.
    • 111' Nine minutes from a penalty shoot-out. Not sure who you would favour if that comes to fruition. A fine clearance by Alexandrou on the edge of the home area.
    • 110' Lyon continue on the offensive as Lisandro sees a shot blocked before Bastos has an effort deflected over the bar. Better moments for Lyon.
    • 109' Bastos drills a decent cross into the heart of the home box, but Chiotis comes to collect.
    • 108' Kone with another excellent tackle on Ailton. He has made some exceptional tackles this evening. No doubt about that.
    • 107' Boaventura with a throw-in from deep in his half. A goal for Lyon would surely bury this tie alive.
    • 106' We are off and running at the outset of the second period of extra-time.
    • 105' Chiotis makes a comfortable stop at the end of the half. That is that. 15 minutes remaining of this epic. If we have no goals, we go to penalties.
    • 104' Kallstrom sees his free-kick whip off the heads of the Lyon defence and over the bar. A corner seconds later is nodded goalwards by Kone, but Chiotos collects. All very nervy now.
    • 103' Boaventura clatters Lacazette with a late, late challenge. A booking for him.
    • 102' Ailton showing some nice skills, but fails to pick out a team-mate as Cris knocks the loose ball up the park.
    • 101' Lacazette arrives to take over for Briand for Lyon.
    • 100' Home fans trying to rouse their side for one meaningful surge forward here. A goal now would have them in dreamland. Ailton's cross fails to pay dividends then.
    • 99' Lisandro is penalised for a late challenge on Manduca, the man who scored the only goal of this game some time ago.
    • 98' Cissokoho flights a ball into the air. Chiotis couldn't collect, but no harm done with no Lyon shirts on hand to convert.
    • 97' Ailton battles Cris for the loose ball. Lloris picks up. Game raging from end to end.
    • 96' Kallstrom whacks a free-kick into the area, but Kone can't get on the end of it. Anywhere will do for APOEL. All very nervy for the home side.
    • 95' Lisandro robs Ailton of the ball before Alexandrou wins it at the other end for the home team.
    • 94' Alexandrou takes over from Sousa as APOEL shuffle their pack one last time tonight.
    • 93' Jorge just does enough to get the ball out. That could have went anywhere before Cissokho catches Ailton with a late one.
    • 92' Réveillère is fouled by Sousa. Chance to float the dead ball into the box.
    • 91' We are off and running in the first period of extra-time. Lyon get us started.
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! We head for extra-time and possibly penalites to decide the outcome of this match.
    • 89' Three minutes to added to this match.
    • 88' Chiotis comes from his line to collect the loose ball. Will there be a winner of this match in normal time? A goal now will win it for either side.
    • 87' Poor play by the home forward. Should have looked to picked out a team-mate there. On we go. Looks like extra-time.
    • 86' Ailton slams a shot at goal from 25 yards out. Low shot from distance, but straight into the arms of Lloris.
    • 85' Ailton is booked for taking a dive in the Lyon box. Referee called that one right.
    • 84' Kone showing some real quality in defence tonight. Another fine tackle by the defender to deny Ailton a free run at the goal.
    • 83' Bastos with the delivery from out wide, but that is not the best as the ball gallops out of play for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 82' Lyon with 13 attempts at goal compared to eight from APOEL. Lyon keeping the ball here. Trying to pick out some space.
    • 81' Briand posing a threat before Oliveira hammers the loose ball clear from defence.
    • 80' Cris on the run for Lyon. Suddenly a lot more space to be found. Neat piece of play by Gomis before Lisandro is caught offside.
    • 79' Sousa with a lovely ball down the line, but Kone is watching that loose ball like a hawk to clear the danger.
    • 78' To clarify, APOEL will go through with a 2-0 win. A 1-1 draw takes Lyon through. A 1-0 win for APOEL and we head for extra-time.
    • 77' Marcinho takes over from Charalambides as APOEL make another change.
    • 76' Bastos tries his luck with a free-kick from 25 yards out. Always on the rise. 10 yards over the bar.
    • 75' Tričkovski has been wheeled on to take over from Solari for APOEL. May well be heading for extra-time.
    • 74' Ederson departs to be replaced by Gomis for Lyon.
    • 73' Bastos with a wild whack at the ball. Shot flies miles over the bar and APOEL survive that moment.
    • 72' Lisandro's header is tipped wide by Chiotis. So close for Lyon as both sides push for the goal that will conclude the business in this tie.
    • 71' It was Solari that could not get on the end of the ball across goal. Here come Lyon.
    • 70' Charalambides with a ball across goal, but no takers. Lovely ball it must be said. Almost the second goal for APOEL that could seal this tie in their favour.
    • 69' Ederson smashes a shot at the home goal. Ball spins back off a yellow shirt. Game really opening up here.
    • 68' Kone having to pedal back to tackle Ailton before Cris tidies up seconds later.
    • 67' Jorge with a vital interception as Lyon threatend to waltz straight through the heart of the home defence.
    • 66' Lisandro pushes Oliveira to the ground as the ball runs out of play for a goalkick to APOEL. Not intentional though and on we go.
    • 65' Kone is the latest man to go into the book. Not sure what that was for. Ah...ok...a late challenge on Sousa.....
    • 64' Manduca picks out Charalambides at the back post, but he rushes his volley as the shot flies well over the target.
    • 63' Sousa decides to try his luck but he pulls it wide of the target with his right peg. Well wide of the goal from distance.
    • 62' Lisandro looking for support as he smacks a ball across goal. No takers on hand as APOEL whack clear.
    • 61' Kone with another timely header out of the danger area from Charalambides' delivery.
    • 60' Ailton sees a shot whack off Kone and fly wide of goal. Corner to the home side.
    • 59' Lisandro caught offside as his header flies straight into the hands of Chiotis.
    • 58' Tension really beginning to build in this match as Ederson's cross evades everyone.
    • 57' Bastos clobbers a shot at goal from 25 yards. Smacks off a yellow shirt and bounces to safety.
    • 56' Sousa's delivery is headed onto his own bar by Cissokho. Almost a second goal for APOEL. Fortunate to survive that moment.
    • 55' APOEL manager Ivan Jovanovic pacing the touchline with some intent. Réveillère fouls Manduca. Free-kick to APOEL.
    • 54' All bubbling up nicely in this one. One goal from either side might well win this match.
    • 53' And a booking for Bastos as well. Everybody seems to have calmed down and they can resume play with two men booked - but not Cris or Solari.
    • 52' A booking for Solari amid all these goings on. Not sure what that was for.
    • 51' Oliveira and Cris tangle in the box. A few kicks aimed at each other in the box. Play stopped then.
    • 50' Kone takes out Ailton, and the home side have a free-kick chance out wide.
    • 49' Bastos just failing to keep the ball in out wide. APOEL pick up seconds later.
    • 48' Solari caught offside after Ailton tried to pressurise the ball with Lloris not making the most convincing of clearances.
    • 47' Lyon's French international keeper Hugo Lloris is the only player from his team to have started every CL game this season. He has started in all of Lyon's 35 CL games in the past four seasons.
    • 46' APOEL get the ball rolling in this second period. Huge second half for both of these sides.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! 1-1 on aggregate at half-time. All to play for in this second half.
    • 44' Not sure there will be too much time added to this half.
    • 43' Jorge forced to clear the danger from Ederson' cross. Frantic piece of defending.
    • 42' Briand goes too early and is caught offside. Poor play by the Lyon forward.
    • 41' Lloris out to swipe the ball away from the free of Ailton, who has looked very menacing.
    • 40' Kone fouling Ailton. Lyon pick up seconds later. APOEL hitting on the break.
    • 39' Solari fires the shot at goal, but Lloris stands tall to make the block. Solid save. Striker should have done better there.
    • 38' Manduca inches away from connecting 10 yards out as Lyon hack the ball clear. The crowd trying to get behind the home side as much as possible.
    • 37' Manduca caught well offside as Solari and Kone collide at the back.
    • 36' Superb cross by Bastos to pick out Ederson, whose header bounces inches wide. So close to the equaliser and that vital away goal.
    • 35' Sousa is deemed to have fouled Gonalons. Free-kick to Lyon.
    • 34' Ailton through on goal. Shot saved by Lloris, but he is just offside. APOEL so dangerous on the break.
    • 33' Gonalons sees a long ranger deflect wide of the APOEL goal for a corner, but a couple of corners come to nothing for the visitors.
    • 32' Kallstrom slams a shot at the Lyon goal from 25 yards out. Never had the pace as Chitios dives to make an easy stop.
    • 31' APEOL stuggling to get out their half after that promising opening to the match.
    • 30' Chance for Bastos, but he can only nod over the bar with a header from 12 yards out. Nice cross from Lisandro. Impressive again from the French team.
    • 29' Charalambides clatters Cris with a late tackle. Lyon certainly a lot livelier here.
    • 28' Bit slack by Lyon at the back, but no lasting damage done. Lyon again keeping this ball well.
    • 27' Lyon keeping the ball at the back. Kone forced to dash back to make a timely tackle on Ailton.
    • 26' Poursaitides is caught late by Bastos before Sousa fouls Ederson.
    • 25' Charalambides slams a shot into the side of the Lyon net. Wrong choice really. Had to go for the cross instead of the shot.
    • 24' Bastos with the delivery from the corner kick. Plenty of pace on the ball, but no takers in the area.
    • 23' Ederson floats in a dangerous dead ball from out wide, but Chiotios scampers back to claw it over his bar. Had to make that save.
    • 22' Chiotis off his line to punch clear Kallstrom's corner.
    • 21' Boaventura concedes a corner from the cross by Kone. Better play by Lyon.
    • 20' Lyon have weathered the early storm. Crowd a bit quieter now after a frantic start to the match.
    • 19' Bastos drives the free-kick through a posse of bodies, but never had the pace to trouble Chiotis, who dives to his left to clasp the loose ball.
    • 18' Sousa challenges Gonalons, who has gone down in a spot of discomfort. Needing some spray. He is limping badly at the moment.
    • 17' Briand flicks the ball across the face of goal, but Jorge clears the danger from the heart of the home box.
    • 16' Charalambides a key figure already for APOEL as Kone launches a long and aimless ball from the back. Not sure who that was intended for.
    • 15' Ailton deemed to be offside. APOEL continue to look bright in their movement.
    • 14' Manduca with the free-kick for APOEL, but Llories is off his line to punch the ball clear. APOEL continue to look for a second goal.
    • 13' Gonalons takes out Ailton with a late challenge. Free-kick to the home side.
    • 12' APOEL with 56% of the ball. That is handy stats, and illustrates the level of dominance APOEL have enjoyed so far.
    • 11' Reveillere knocks the ball long, but that is food and drink for Chiotois who collects with some ease.
    • 10' Ederson tries an acrobatic overhead kick, but he knocks the ball wide of goal. APOEL have the goalkick to be taken by Chiotis.
    • 9' Manduca has been booked for removing his shirt to celebrate.
    • 8' A third goal in eight Champions League matches for Manduca. Game on now in this match.
    • 7' GOAL! Manduca scores for APOEL and we are level on aggregate in this match. A lovely cross from Charalambides. Manduca couldn't miss.
    • 6' Oliveria is penalised for a late challenge on Lisandro. Lloris hammers the ball long down the park from the Lyon goal.
    • 5' Nuno Morais seeing a lot of the ball sitting deeper for the home side. Morais could be a key man as APOEL chase this win.
    • 4' Offside flag goes up against Manduca as he bounded forward with just too much eagerness.
    • 3' Ederson is penalised for a late tackle on Oliveira.
    • 2' Good news for APOEL is that Lyon have not won away at this stage since 2006. That will give them hope of a famous evening ahead.
    • 1' So off we go in this one with Lyon defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
    • 19.40 Teams out on the pitch and we are almost ready to go. Both teams lining up in a 4-4-2 formation.
    • 19.35 Lyon are hunting a second quarter-final place in three years, APOEL have proved tough opponents in Nicosia, having lost just once in ten European home games. That includes six wins and three draws, and defeats of FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC Porto this season.
    • 19:30 APOEL's fans are looking to unleash some classic intimidation a la Balkan (technically not, but it's the Greek half of the island). "This is what the Greek spirit can do when it's healthy," supporter Stefan Menelaou said. "For me personally, it is pride and satisfaction that the Greek spirit still lives even in a team full of Brazilians, Portuguese and god knows how many different nationalities." MORE HERE!
    • 19:25 MATCH ODDS: APOEL Nicosia (21/10), Lyon (8/5), Draw (23/10)
    • 19:20 FACT: Five of APOEL’s six Champions League goals this season have been scored by Brazilians Aílton Almeida (three) and Gustavo Manduca (two); Bafetimbi Gomis has scored 50% of Lyon’s Champions League goals this term (five out of 10).
    • 19:20 Fact: Lyon have failed to win each of their last eight away games in the knockout stages of the Champions League, losing six of them (including the last three); Lyon have failed to score in five of their last eight Champions League matches.
    • 19:15 FACT: Lyon are unbeaten in their last three Champions League matches, winning the last two; APOEL have failed to score in each of their last three Champions League games.
    • 19:15 FACT: This is the first appearance by a Cypriot club in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
    • 19:10 Remi Garde (Lyon): "I expect an open game (from APOEL). And therefore a different game from us. It has been shown since the beginning of season that (APOEL) can be dangerous in situations against a fast attack."
    • 19:10 Ivan Jovanovic (APOEL): "We will face Olympique with our morale high. We will get our chances and we are going to chase them until the end."
    • 19:05 Lyon defender Dejan Lovren is not deemed fit enough to start by Remi Garde; Yoann Gourcuff has been ruled out with a groin injury but has barely been playing lately after his form nosedived this season.
    • 19:05 APOEL have only key absentee with Portuguese midfielder Helio Pinto suspended from collecting a yellow card in the first leg. Ivan Trickowski, the Macedonia forward, is surprisingly left out of the starting XI.
    • 19:00 TEAMS - Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Kone, Cris, Cissokho, Kallstrom, Gonalons, Briand, Ederson, Bastos, Lisandro /// APOEL: Chiotis, Paulo Jorge, Oliveira, Poursaitides, Helder Sousa, Boaventura, Charalambides, Manduca, Nuno Morais, Ailton, Solari
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of APOEL Nicosia's Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Lyon, kicking off at 7,45pm UK time. Lyon hold a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg as APOEL bid to become the first Cypriot side to get to the quarter finals.
  • Summary

    • 4-3 All over! Chiotis makes another fine save from Bastos and APOEL are through to the last eight. He went to his left. A comfortable stop.
    • 4-3 Tričkovski goes straight down the middle. A 4-3 lead for APOEL. Bastos must score or Lyon are out.
    • 3-3 Alexandrou went straight down the middle as Lloris dived early to his left. 3-3 now.
    • 3-2 Chiotis dived the right way to his right, but Gomis had the power. Lyon lead 3-2.
    • 2-2 Morais drills the ball high into the net as Lloris dived low to his left. We remain locked at 2-2.
    • 2-1 Lisandro so fortunate! Ball hits a post, but comes back off the head off Chiotis as he dived and ends up in the net.
    • 1-1 Ailton sticks the ball to Lloris' right as he dived left. 1-1.
    • 0-1 Kallstrom scores for Lyon. Fine penalty. Chiotis went the wrong way.
    • 115' Manduca has been sent off for a second booking. Was a late challenge on Lacazette. No complaints.
    • 113' Kone comes up with another super tackle on Ailton. A vital interception. Had to get that right. Ailton should have got the shot away at that juncture.
    • 110' Lyon continue on the offensive as Lisandro sees a shot blocked before Bastos has an effort deflected over the bar. Better moments for Lyon.
    • 72' Lisandro's header is tipped wide by Chiotis. So close for Lyon as both sides push for the goal that will conclude the business in this tie.
    • 56' Sousa's delivery is headed onto his own bar by Cissokho. Almost a second goal for APOEL. Fortunate to survive that moment.
    • 39' Solari fires the shot at goal, but Lloris stands tall to make the block. Solid save. Striker should have done better there.
    • 36' Superb cross by Bastos to pick out Ederson, whose header bounces inches wide. So close to the equaliser and that vital away goal.
    • 30' Chance for Bastos, but he can only nod over the bar with a header from 12 yards out. Nice cross from Lisandro. Impressive again from the French team.
    • 23' Ederson floats in a dangerous dead ball from out wide, but Chiotios scampers back to claw it over his bar. Had to make that save.
    • 7' GOAL! Manduca scores for APOEL and we are level on aggregate in this match. A lovely cross from Charalambides. Manduca couldn't miss.
    • 19:00 TEAMS - Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Kone, Cris, Cissokho, Kallstrom, Gonalons, Briand, Ederson, Bastos, Lisandro /// APOEL: Chiotis, Paulo Jorge, Oliveira, Poursaitides, Helder Sousa, Boaventura, Charalambides, Manduca, Nuno Morais, Ailton, Solari

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    Manager: Ivan Jovanovic

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    Manager: Rémi Garde

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