Tuesday February 14, 2012 Last 16 Finished Stade Gerland

Olympique Lyon 1 - 0 APOEL Nicosia

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  1. Lyon claim slender advantage

    Lyon claim slender advantage

    A second-half strike from Alexandre Lacazette saw Lyon win 1-0 in their last 16 first-leg clash with APOEL Nicosia at Stade de Gerland. More

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    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • APOEL Nicosia
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at the Stade de Gerland, and Lyon have sealed a 1-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia courtesy of Lacazette's second-half strike! It's a slender advantage for the French side and they now face a very tricky second leg in Cyprus! Thanks for your company this evening.
    • 90+2' Lyon's last chance to add a second goal looks to drift away as Gourcuff is tackled by Kaka outwide.
    • 90+1' APOEL bring the ball forward through Morais, but Cris regains possession for his side.
    • 90' There will be three added minutes at the end of this second half, with APOEL in possession.
    • 89' Marcinho concedes another free kick as he fouls Lisandro, and he needs to be very careful!
    • 88' Cris again brings the ball forward for his side, but APOEL crowd out Gourcuff as he takes the ball down the left.
    • 87' Lyon keep the ball inside the APOEL half, and it's one-way traffic with the hosts dominating.
    • 86' Bastos is very cynically hauled down by Marcinho as he flies clear down the right, and that was a very professional foul.
    • 85' Briand races on to meet a loose ball, but Chiotis is quickly off his line to clear the danger.
    • 84' APOEL keep the ball patiently in the Lyon half as they look to kill time now, and the visitors are very determined.
    • 83' Briand very nearly gets in down the right as he looks to convert a loose ball following neat play from Gourcuff, but the ball drifts out of play.
    • 82' Lyon keep the ball mesmerically in their half, but the French side need to keep pushing forward as they seek this second goal.
    • 81' Manduca comes on to replace Charalambides, and APOEL make another change.
    • 80' Lisandro wins another free kick as the play becomes very scrappy all of a sudden, and Lyon are pushing relentlessly.
    • 79' Nuno Morais is penalised for a foul on Gonalons, and Lyon have a chance to rebuild once more from halfway.
    • 77' What a chance for Gourcuff! Michel Bastos whips over a very fine delivery from the right, but he can only direct his free header tamely wide!
    • 75' APOEL look very secure at the back as they pass the ball around coolly, but Lyon are pushing.
    • 74' Morais and Kaka exchange passes as the visitors again build from deep, and Lyon need to press further up the field if they are serious about seeking a second goal.
    • 73' Cris maraudes forward from the back once more, and he finds Gourcuff who has real expectation on his shoulders as he links the play.
    • 72' APOEL stroke the ball around patiently at the back, and they look to be settling for a 1-0 deficit from this match.
    • 71' Helder Sousa comes on for APOEL, and Marcinho is the player to make way.
    • 70' Yoann Gourcuff replaces Ederson, and he will be looking to make a real impact for the hosts.
    • 69' Of the 58 goals APOEL have scored in all competitions this season, 44 have come after half-time. Lyon must be on their guard.
    • 68' Ailton is replaced as Ivan Jovanovic brings on Esteban Solari, and this is an interesting change.
    • 67' Briand makes another sparkling run down the left, but his cross to the back post is headed away by a desperate Kaka.
    • 65' Lyon have failed to win any of their last five Champions League knockout stage matches. Can they change that run?
    • 64' Briand is very lively as he makes a sharp run down the right and puts APOEL on the back foot once more.
    • 63' The hosts continue to press forward incessantly in search of a second which would really stamp their authority on the tie.
    • 62' Lacazette is taken off after his goal, and Jimmy Briand comes on to replace him.
    • 61' Bastos is really coming into his own now as he wins a corner, and he is thriving further up the field.
    • 59' Lyon are buoyed by that goal, and suddenly the home fans are in full voice as they celebrate their advantage.
    • 58' GOAL!!!!! LYON TAKE THE LEAD! Cris finds Lacazette on the left of the penalty area, and he jinks inside before firing a low drive which takes a vicious deflection off Paulo Jorge and flies into the far corner of the net!
    • 56' Lyon continue to pile on the pressure, and the hosts look for something in the final third.
    • 55' Kallstrom misses the target with a drive from range, and that was more out of hope than expectation of testing Chiotis.
    • 54' Five of APOEL’s six Champions League goals this season have been scored by Brazilians Aílton Almeida (three) and Gustavo Manduca (two).
    • 53' Ederson is clipped from behind by Jorge, but the referee has had enough of these incidents and perhaps because of Lisandro's playacting previously, this one goes unpunished.
    • 52' Lisandro goes down in very exaggerated fashion once more, and that is poor to see as he gets Helio Pinto booked.
    • 51' Kone is penalised for a foul on Ailton, and the visitors can build patiently now from midfield.
    • 50' Sousa continues to impress in midfield as he battles away furiously with Kallstrom, and Lyon are struggling to make their mark.
    • 49' APOEL have only once before drawn a French team in European competition (excluding qualifiers) losing home and away to Paris St Germain in the 1993-94 Cup Winners Cup.
    • 47' Brilliant defending! Paulo Jorge makes a stunning last-ditch challenge to clear off the line as Ederson rounds Chiotis and slides a precise shot towards the corner of the empty net!
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Stade de Gerland, and Lyon are immediately back on the ball.
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    • 45+1' It's goalless at half-time as the players leave the field, and Lyon are left frustrated with APOEL having defended stoutly and repelled their hosts at every turn. The visitors will be delighted.
    • 45' Lyon clear away a second corner in quick succession, and APOEL are ending this first half very well.
    • 43' Helder Sousa wins a corner for the visitors with a pacey run down the left, and that's good play from the midfielder.
    • 42' Cris sweeps up again for Lyon at the back, and he is looking very assured as the visitors progress up the field.
    • 41' The Cypriot champions allowed their opponents more shots on target against them (43) than any of the other teams who made the Last 16.
    • 40' Lisandro twists and turns on the edge of the APOEL box, but he is crowded out and unable to get a shot away!
    • 39' APOEL have only lost one of their last eight Champions League games, but have drawn five of the other seven.
    • 38' What a save from Chiotis! Lacazette drills a fierce shot which looks destined for the top corner of the net, but Chiotis saves at full stretch!
    • 37' Bastos and Cissokho exchange passes outwide, and the hosts Lyon dictate the play.
    • 36' Cris sweeps up superbly at the back for Lyon as he breaks up the play and proceeds to release Cissokho.
    • 35' APOEL keep the ball on halfway, before Sousa is fouled from behind by Gonalons, and the visitors have a free kick.
    • 34' Kallstrom whips a deep delivery into the penalty area, but Gonalons is unable to get on the end of the cross.
    • 33' Cissokho makes good ground before attempting to a rather rash shot from range, and APOEL clear the ball away.
    • 32' Bastos makes a fine run with a slick one-two, but proceeds to shoot tamely straight at Chiotis.
    • 31' Lyon keep the ball with consummate ease in their half, and the home fans are urging their side forward.
    • 30' What a chance for Lacazette, who jinks inside two challenges on the edge of the APOEL box, but blasts a wild shot over the crossbar with just Chiotis to beat!
    • 29' Kallstrom picks up the ball deep and spreads the play for Lyon, and he is instrumental from midfield.
    • 28' APOEL enjoy a good period of possession now as the side all in yellow keep the ball in the Lyon half with real composure.
    • 27' Charalambides looks to pick out an incisive pass from the edge of the Lyon box, but Kone and Cris combine to clear.
    • 25' Reveillere has a shot blocked as he looks to catch out Chiotis, and Lyon are piling on the pressure now.
    • 24' Bastos slams an emphatic drive over the crossbar, and that's a fierce strike as the ball goes out.
    • 23' Lisandro again forces his way into the APOEL box, but he cannot get his shot away - it's desperate defending!
    • 22' APOEL are really coming into this match as the visitors keep the ball in the Lyon half and pass the ball around effectively.
    • 21' Trickovski is ruled offside as he makes a sharp run, and again the flag halts a potentially exciting move.
    • 20' Lacazette makes a superb run, but Ederson dallies too long and his pass is so late that it catches the forward offside! That could have been dangerous.
    • 19' Kallstrom fouls Helder Sousa as APOEL have a free kick, and the visitors can build from this.
    • 17' Bastos moves inside and runs at the APOEL defence, but he is tackled by Kaka as he looks to make room for a shot.
    • 16' Lisandro again goes down inside the APOEL penalty area, but he is not looking for a penalty, rather just slipping over.
    • 15' Gonalons skips inside two challenges before firing a speculative shot wide, and he looks very bright.
    • 14' Ederson drives a low shot towards the far corner of the net, but Chiotis does well to get down and gather.
    • 13' Ailton makes a very sharp run in behind the Lyon back four, but he is swiftly ruled offside.
    • 12' APOEL have brought more fans with them to the Stade de Gerland than any visiting club has previously in this competition. It's quite an atmosphere!
    • 11' Jorge fouls Lisandro, and the forward wins another free kick which Kallstrom duly blasts into the wall.
    • 9' Reveillere makes a barnstorming run down the right as he gets forward and launches a diagonal pass to Bastos, but the hosts lose possession.
    • 7' Lisandro is fouled as he looks to flick the ball round the corner to Ederson, and Lyon have a dangerous free kick on the edge of the penalty area...
    • 6' APOEL enjoy a spell of possession on the edge of their box, and Lyon are temporarily left chasing shadows.
    • 5' Cris is penalised for a crude foul on Charalambides, and the play suddenly becomes rather scrappy.
    • 4' Lisandro has a snap shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area, and that's good defending from the visitors.
    • 3' Penalty? No! It looks a certain penalty as Ederson is hauled down inside the penalty area, and Nuno Morais gets away with one there. There was clear contact, but referee Paolo Tagliavento ignores it.
    • 2' Remi Garde is already out on the edge of the penalty area barking orders, and he is very animated indeed!
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Stade de Gerland, and Lyon keep the ball patiently at the back in their pink and white strip.
    • 19:40 Right, it's time for you all to post your pre-match predictions ahead of kick-off! What do you think the scoreline will be this evening? Who will get on the scoresheet? Send me your shouts and get in touch... Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 19:35 Lloris: "A lot of people have said that APOEL are not prestigious opponents. That may even be the case but they finished first in their group ahead of FC Porto and I can assure you that they are a well-organised team who are a particularly dangerous on the counterattack."
    • 19:30 STAT: Lyon have qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for nine consecutive seasons, losing in three quarter-finals and one semi-final.
    • 19:25 The APOEL players are given a rousing reception from the away fans as they stroll out on to the pitch in their tracksuits. What a night this is for the club!
    • 19:20 Lyon coach Remi Garde springs a couple of surprises, handing starts to Alexandre Lacazette and Ederson at the expense of Jimmy Briand and Bafetimbi Gomis, while Cris and Kim Kallstrom return for Lyon with Lisandro occupying the lone-striking berth.
    • 19:15 STAT: APOEL won their first ever away match in Europe (in 1963), but have lost 25 and drawn nine of the 34 road trips since in all European competitions (excluding qualifiers).
    • 19:10 Remi Garde: "Whoever the opponent, you have to improve your level to perform well in the Champions League. We know a lot of people believe we will easily win against APOEL. Of course, it's not our opinion. APOEL have had a wonderful group stage, they deserve a lot of respect, like any team that has reached the knockout stages."
    • 19:05 Ivan Jovanovic: "(Lyon) haven't been getting the results they wanted in Ligue 1 but they remain dangerous and there could be a reaction in the Champions League. We haven't forgotten, though, that they have played five games in the last two weeks. The knockout stage is the 'true' Champions League. There's a lot at stake. We couldn't believe we were here at the beginning of the season. I honestly don't know what our best level is but I'm hoping that we can still improve."
    • 19:00 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Lyon: Lloris, Cris, Kone, Reveillere, Cissokho, Kallstrom, Ederson, Bastos, Lacazette, Gonalons, Lisandro. SUBS: Vercoutre, Dabo, Fofana, Umtiti, Gourcuff, Gomis, Briand. /// APOEL: Chiotis, Jorge, Kaka, Poursaitides, Morais, Sousa, Boaventura, Charalambides, Pinto, Aílton, Trickovski. SUBS: Pardo, Satsias, Manduca, Alexandrou, Solomou, Marcinho, Solari
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Lyon's John Mensah has only just returned from African Cup of Nations duty with Ghana, and is not expected to be in the squad. Fellow defender Dejan Lovren is yet to play this year after suffering an Achilles injury.
    • 18:50 APOEL have something of an injury crisis in defence for their trip to France. Marcelo Oliveira and Paulo Jorge were both missing at the weekend, so midfielder Nuno Morais had to fill in at centre-back. However, William Bonaventura's domestic suspension does not apply in Europe, so he is available.
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text coverage of the Champions League last 16 first leg between Lyon and APOEL Nicosia at the Stade Gerland.
  • Summary

    • 77' What a chance for Gourcuff! Michel Bastos whips over a very fine delivery from the right, but he can only direct his free header tamely wide!
    • 58' GOAL!!!!! LYON TAKE THE LEAD! Cris finds Lacazette on the left of the penalty area, and he jinks inside before firing a low drive which takes a vicious deflection off Paulo Jorge and flies into the far corner of the net!
    • 47' Brilliant defending! Paulo Jorge makes a stunning last-ditch challenge to clear off the line as Ederson rounds Chiotis and slides a precise shot towards the corner of the empty net!
    • 38' What a save from Chiotis! Lacazette drills a fierce shot which looks destined for the top corner of the net, but Chiotis saves at full stretch!
    • 30' What a chance for Lacazette, who jinks inside two challenges on the edge of the APOEL box, but blasts a wild shot over the crossbar with just Chiotis to beat!
    • 3' Penalty? No! It looks a certain penalty as Ederson is hauled down inside the penalty area, and Nuno Morais gets away with one there. There was clear contact, but referee Paolo Tagliavento ignores it.
    • 19:00 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Lyon: Lloris, Cris, Kone, Reveillere, Cissokho, Kallstrom, Ederson, Bastos, Lacazette, Gonalons, Lisandro. SUBS: Vercoutre, Dabo, Fofana, Umtiti, Gourcuff, Gomis, Briand. /// APOEL: Chiotis, Jorge, Kaka, Poursaitides, Morais, Sousa, Boaventura, Charalambides, Pinto, Aílton, Trickovski. SUBS: Pardo, Satsias, Manduca, Alexandrou, Solomou, Marcinho, Solari

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    Manager: Rémi Garde

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    Manager: Ivan Jovanovic

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