Tuesday November 22, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Stade Gerland

Olympique Lyon 0 - 0 Ajax

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  1. Lyon and Ajax in bore draw

    Lyon and Ajax in bore draw

    Lyon and Ajax played out a lacklustre 0-0 draw at the Stade de Gerland, meaning there is still all to play for in Champions League Group D. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • Ajax
    • 90+3' Lloris comes forward and launches in another ball. Ajax defend and clear their lines. Sulejmani plays in Lukoki and it's wide. And that's it!
    • 90+2' Another two minutes left. Here come Lyon. Cleared away. Sulejmani shot saved by Lloris.
    • 90+1' What a finish we've had. Lovren puts it over for an Ajax goal kick.
    • 90' Brilliant save from Vermeer to deny Lacazette. Drama at the death!
    • 89' Ederson goes down in the box under Enoh's challenge, penalty shout waved away. It's cleared as far as Gourcuff who powers it just wide.
    • 88' One last throw of the dice perhaps. Jody Lukoki on for Nicolas Lodeiro for Ajax.
    • 87' Back to Lloris who pumps it forward. Gourcuff heads over after good build-up play.
    • 86' Real urgency from Lyon now.
    • 85' Alexandre Lacazette on for Jimmy Briand for Lyon.
    • 84' Back stream Lyon, Gourcuff blazes it over.
    • 83' Chances at both ends but too little too late? Will anyone be brave enough to win this one? 6-1 to Real Madrid now.
    • 82' Ederson's shot deflected for a corner. Ajax scramble it away. Drama at last.
    • 81' Eriksen breaks clear but a poor pass to Sulejmani allows the defence to regroup. Another great opportunity.
    • 80' Lodeiro caught offside. It almost looks like neither side wants to win this. Ederson plays in Bastos, terrific save from Vermeer to claw it out for a corner.
    • 79' Foul by Gourcuff on Vertonghen takes a little of the pressure off.
    • 78' It's been a good spell from Lyon this. They actually look the more likely at the moment.
    • 77' Källström's cross headed over from Ederson.
    • 76' April against Nice was his last goal. No surprise it flew over! First touch from Ederson forces a save.
    • 75' Källström firsd over the bar from Gomis' lay-off.
    • 74' A concerted spell of possession for Lyon now. Patient stuff. Cissokho's cross cut out by Sulejmani.
    • 73' Another Lyon attack easily dealt with. Back they come through Cris.
    • 72' Ajax work it down the left but the cross is dealt with. Ederson on for Lisandro for Lyon.
    • 71' Perhaps Vermeer could even have held that one. But nobody there to follow up for Lyon.
    • 70' First real test for Vermeer who saves from Bastos.
    • 69' Eriksen plays it in but Alderweireld knocks it behind for a goal kick. Lodeiro nearly plays in Sulejmani.
    • 68' More urgency about Ajax now and they win a free kick.
    • 67' Real Madrid are now 6-0 up but no sign of a goal here! Lodeiro shoots but it's comfortable for Lloris.
    • 66' Réveillère flashes a ball across the face of the Ajax goal. Nobody there.
    • 65' Van der Wiel is off for Daley Blind.
    • 64' Changes afoot for Ajax.
    • 63' Cris concedes a free kick.
    • 62' Replays show it was a blatant dive. Lucky not to be booked.
    • 61' Lyon pump it into the Ajax box but the Dutch side clear. Back come Ajax. Lodeiro into the box and goes down! Nothing given.
    • 60' Réveillère into space down the wing but there is only one player in the box. Where was the support?
    • 59' Lyon survive. Better from Ajax.
    • 58' Lodeiro wins a free kick inside the Lyon half. Sulejmani's shot deflected of Cris just over! Corner.
    • 57' Ebicilio sets up another Ajax attack but is breaks down as Eriksen is tackled.
    • 56' Ajax attack but Lyon break it up and hoof the ball upfield.
    • 55' A bit of handbags from Réveillère and Janssen. Both go in the book.
    • 54' Eriksen back to help out defensively as Gomis threatens. Lyon's half so far apart from the Sulejmani chance.
    • 53' Another promising attack from Lyon. Gomis' cross is dealt with.
    • 52' A break in play for an injury.
    • 51' It's already been more entertaining than the entire first half!
    • 50' Eriksen breaks and feeds Sulejmani, great save from Lloris. Corner. It breaks to Vertonghen and Lloris saves again.
    • 49' Back to patient build-up play from Lyon. Briand is tackled.
    • 48' Gourcuff's corner is dealt with by Vermeer.
    • 47' Gourcuff with a seatrching ball dealt with by Alderweireld. Corner Lyon.
    • 46' Jonas Eriksson gets the second half underway and we are hoping for a lot better here. Who will break the deadlock if anyone? Foul from behing from Enoh. Lucky not to be booked. Cissokho raids down the left. Lively start from Lyon.
    • 45+1' It's cleared by Lyon and the referee's whistle goes to end a fairly lifeless first half.
    • 45' It breaks for Ebicilio who feels he is pulled back before getting his shot away. Corner.
    • 44' Surely there won't be much injury time in this one! Handball by Briand.
    • 43' Lodeiro and Anita exchange passes but Anita handles.
    • 42' Lloris clears it upfield but Ajax again win it back. Lodeiro nearly breaks through but the defence holds.
    • 41' Eriksen has been surprisingly quiet but will a moment of genius unlock the Lyon defence?
    • 40' Throw-in to Ajax deep in Lyon's half. It ends in Sulejmani dragging his shot well wide.
    • 39' A goalless draw would keep Lyon alive and perhaps make them favourites to progress with Ajax facing Real Madrid next.
    • 38' Important header away from Van der Wiel and then a block from Vertonghen as Lyon threaten.
    • 37' There is so much at stake that the tension is perhaps understandable. But it's hard to see who will break the stale mate.
    • 36' Possession has been pretty even here and Lyon have come back into the game. But it's by no means a classic!
    • 35' Lodeiro feeds Eriksen but the move breaks down. Lyon threaten but Lisandro is unable to keep the ball in.
    • 34' Bastos tries to feed Gomis but Alderweireld is perfectly placed. He has had a good game in defence. Lisandro offside.
    • 33' Ajax back in possession now but Lyon have the ball back.
    • 32' Briand shoots from the edge of the box, just wide of Vermeer's left-hand post. Best effort from Lyon.
    • 31' Foul by Lovren, free kick to Ajax. First yellow card. Enoh goes in the book for a foul on Briand.
    • 30' Bastos caught offside.
    • 29' Ajax only have one player over 30-years-old and that's Janssen, who is 30! It bodes well for the future. Christian Eriksen is the youngest player at 19 but is already being touted as the new Michael Laudrup.
    • 28' Gomis latches onto Briand's knock down but his shot cannons away off a defender.
    • 27' It has been a torrid period for Gourcuff.
    • 26' Ebecilio works his way into space but blasts it high, wide and handsome well over the bar!
    • 25' Eriksen looking to create but Lyon attack through Gomis and Bastos. Comfortable for Vermeer.
    • 24' It's been a fairly comfortable evening for both keepers so far.
    • 23' A poor delivery from Janssen. Goal kick.
    • 22' Opens up for Réveillère but his shot is saved by Vermeer. Ebecilio wins a corner for Ajax.
    • 21' Some nice play from Bastos who rides a tackle. Lisandro is fouled.
    • 20' Bastos comes forward and his cross is cleared by Vertonghen. Réveillère plays in another ball but Gomis is offside.
    • 19' More patient play from Ajax who are definitely looking more threatening. Vertonghen plays it forward, Lyon clear.
    • 18' A little more urgency from Lyon now. They have been disappointing so far. Sulejmani goes down, nothing given.
    • 17' It breaks to Gomis but a great challenge from Alderweireld to stop him.
    • 16' Janssen flashes a shot wide after some nice build-up play.
    • 15' Almost everyone getting a touch for Ajax. Nice build-up play. Lyon being pinned back.
    • 14' Real Madrid are now 3-0 up! Ajax looking the better side here.
    • 13' The smoke has cleared as Eriksen breaks forwards. He just can't get his cross away. He again tries to force his way through and is looking dangerous.
    • 12' Lisandro shows too much to Bastos and the Lyon attack fizzles out.
    • 11' Lodeiro has flown in with a couple of early challenges that have gone unpunished. He needs to calm down a bit.
    • 10' Cissokho takes a throw-in in the Ajax half but it's back in the keeper's hands. Real Madrid are already 2-0 up!
    • 9' Ajax come forward again but Lyon break up a promising attack.
    • 8' Ajax playing it patient all the way back to Vermeer.
    • 7' It's looking very somkey here! Smoke bombs from the fans making it look like a foggy pitch.
    • 6' Lyon win a free kick. It opens up for Lisandro whose curling effort is beaten away by Vermeer!
    • 5' Free kick against Cissokho to Ajax. Real Madrid are ahead in tonight's other Group D game.
    • 4' Corner to Ajax. Janssen takes and Vertonghen flies in but his header goes over.
    • 3' Confident start from Ajax, looking to be employing a 4-3-3 formation. Free kick against Jimmy Briand for Ajax.
    • 2' Eriksen immediately into the action setting up an Ajax attack.
    • 1' Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden gets us underway. Ajax playing in their blue away strip, Lyon in red. A draw or a win will do for Ajax here. Sulejmani comes forward, away by Cris.
    • 19.40 MATCH ODDS Lyon 4/5, Ajax 7/2, Draw 13/5.
    • 19.35 The last meeting on September 14 in Amsterdam ended goalless. Lyon followed that with a 2-0 home win against Dinamo Zagreb before running into an in-form Madrid side, losing 4-0 in Spain and 2-0 at Stade de Gerland. Ajax lost 3-0 against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on matchday two but then posted two victories against Dinamo. Keep an eye on the other Group D clash between Real Madrid and Dinamo Zagreb.
    • 19.30 Ajax have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five CL games between this and last season but Lyon have won just one of their last nine CL games.
    • 19.25 In both of their two previous wins against Lyon, Ajax picked up a red card. Lyon are unbeaten in their last five games against Dutch sides (two wins and three draws), and haven’t conceded a single goal in the last three.
    • 19.20 Ajax are still unbeaten against Lyon, in light of two wins in the 2002/03 CL, and the goalless draw in the reverse fixture this season.
    • 19.15 Successive defeats by Real Madrid have left Lyon with an uphill task to qualify from Group D and they have a three point deficit to try to make up.
    • 19.10 Frank de Boer after the weekend's draw: "I saw a very good Ajax for 75 minutes. We dominated, had chances and gave little away. But in the last 15 minutes we were careless and made the wrong decisions. At 2-0 up you think you are going to win, but it ended 2-2. Of course that hurts, not just for myself and the fans but also the players. But we will take on Lyon on Tuesday and we must build on the good things I saw against NAC."
    • 19.05 Remi Garde: "We have to beat Ajax. It's all or nothing. Our problem has not been our ambition, but our game. It's a different kind of competition on Tuesday (to Ligue 1) and sometimes we do not always have enough power in the Champions League."
    • 19.00 19.00 LYON: Lloris, Cris, Lovren, Réveillère, Cissokho, Källström, Gourcuff, Bastos, Lisandro, Gomis, Briand. SUBS:Valverde, Koné, Dabo, Fofana, Grenier, Ederson, Lacazette. /// AJAX: Vermeer, Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Enoh, Eriksen, Janssen, Lodeiro, Sulejmani, Ebecilio. SUBS:Cillessen, Blind, Koppers, Serero, Lukoki, Klaassen, De Sa.
    • 18.55 Ajax team news: Siem de Jong is absent for Ajax due to a thigh injury but Theo Janssen could be available despite recently suffering from a hamstring problem. Dimitri Bulykin sustained an injury in Saturday's draw with NAC Breda and is a doubt while Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Nicolai Boilesen are sidelined.
    • 18.50 Lyon team news: Defender Dejan Lovren could return from a knee problem but Yannis Tafer, John Mensah and Remy Vercoutre are out, along with Anthony Lopes.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Group D clash between Lyon and Ajax at the Stade Gerland. Check out the Group D standings here.
  • Summary

    • 90' Brilliant save from Vermeer to deny Lacazette. Drama at the death!
    • 89' Ederson goes down in the box under Enoh's challenge, penalty shout waved away. It's cleared as far as Gourcuff who powers it just wide.
    • 80' Lodeiro caught offside. It almost looks like neither side wants to win this. Ederson plays in Bastos, terrific save from Vermeer to claw it out for a corner.
    • 70' First real test for Vermeer who saves from Bastos.
    • 61' Lyon pump it into the Ajax box but the Dutch side clear. Back come Ajax. Lodeiro into the box and goes down! Nothing given.
    • 58' Lodeiro wins a free kick inside the Lyon half. Sulejmani's shot deflected of Cris just over! Corner.
    • 50' Eriksen breaks and feeds Sulejmani, great save from Lloris. Corner. It breaks to Vertonghen and Lloris saves again.
    • 45' It breaks for Ebicilio who feels he is pulled back before getting his shot away. Corner.
    • 32' Briand shoots from the edge of the box, just wide of Vermeer's left-hand post. Best effort from Lyon.
    • 16' Janssen flashes a shot wide after some nice build-up play.
    • 6' Lyon win a free kick. It opens up for Lisandro whose curling effort is beaten away by Vermeer!
    • 19.00 19.00 LYON: Lloris, Cris, Lovren, Réveillère, Cissokho, Källström, Gourcuff, Bastos, Lisandro, Gomis, Briand. SUBS:Valverde, Koné, Dabo, Fofana, Grenier, Ederson, Lacazette. /// AJAX: Vermeer, Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Enoh, Eriksen, Janssen, Lodeiro, Sulejmani, Ebecilio. SUBS:Cillessen, Blind, Koppers, Serero, Lukoki, Klaassen, De Sa.

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