Wednesday November 2, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Stade Gerland

Olympique Lyon 0 - 2 Real Madrid

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  1. Ronaldo sends Real Madrid into last 16

    Ronaldo sends Real Madrid into last 16

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th Real Madrid goal as they beat Lyon 2-0 at the Stade Gerland in Champions League Group D. More

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    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • Real Madrid
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    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: Real Madrid too good - Cristiano Ronaldo too good. Lyon showed more fight in the second half, but Real's class told. They are through to the knockout stage. Lyon have work to do to make it through - starting with beating Ajax, who won tonight.
    • 90+2' A very open finish to this game - there'd be no surprise if we saw another goal. A Ronaldo shot tipped around the post for a corner.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of stoppages before we reach the end of what's been an entertaining clash.
    • 90' OZIL CLOSE! At the other end Ronaldo lays on a chance for Ozil and Lloris gets just enough on the final pass to deny the German.
    • 89' BRIAND CLOSE! Gourcuff's ball gets Briand round the back of Sergio Ramos, and his shot, poked at just before Casillas can reach the ball, goes narrowly wide.
    • 87' Lyon still pushing gamely forward, but after Belfodil plays in Reveillere down the right Diarra, now at left back, shields him out of play.
    • 86' CLOSE FROM KALLSTROM! Lovely shape to the kick, but just too high. Two foot lower, and Casillas would have been beaten.
    • 85' Lacazette fouled by Khedira just outside the penalty area. Clumsy from the German, whose tackling is occasionally found wanting. Kallstrom lines it up.
    • 84' Change for Lyon, too - Belfodil on for Ederson.
    • 83' Callejon replaces Di Maria for Real Madrid.
    • 82' Briand held by the corner flag by the determined Diarra. Better not do too well there, Lass - Mourinho might keep picking you at full-back...
    • 81' Ederson tries a shot from distance but it's blocked. The ball comes back into the box from Gourcuff, and Lacazette heads over the bar.
    • 80' Gonalons stops a Xabi Alonso through ball destined for Higuain. Crucial one, that. Alonso has pulled the strings from midfield all evening.
    • 79' Casillas unhappy as Gourcuff puts in another corner and Kone gets to it first. The header's off target, but Lyon getting closer.
    • 78' LYON HIT THE WOODWORK! The header from Briand loops over Casillas, but doesn't give Lyon the lifeline.
    • 77' Pepe concedes a corner and Lyon send the bodies forward again.
    • 76' Higuain caught offside from Ozil's pass - just not quite up to the pace of the game yet?
    • 75' Set piece dangerous from Gourcuff once again, but the header not there from any of the men the home side throw forward.
    • 74' Gomis comes off for Lacazette. It's been a difficult evening for the striker - he's been isolated.
    • 73' 100 goals for Real Madrid - and that has come in Ronaldo's 105th game for the club. Not too shabby.
    • 72' DI MARIA CLOSE! Ronaldo starts the move with a surging run and Di Maria with the cutback across goal and finish - Lloris makes another fine save.
    • 71' Lyon, despite being on the back foot, have had their chances. If they'd taken one - perhaps Gourcuff on the stroke of half time or Ederson in the moment before the second goal, this could be very different.
    • 70' Higuain comes on, replacing Benzema. The Frenchman had a good game.
    • 69' RONALDO SCORES! Straight down the middle. It's his 100th goal for Real Madrid. A remarkable achievement.
    • 69' PENALTY FOR REAL! They break with Ozil, Ronaldo ends up on the ball and crashes against Dabo - the referee points to the spot.
    • 68' EDERSON SHOULD SCORE! Lyon doing so much better now, and Ederson makes room for himself by feigning to shoot and letting the ball run - but his shot is disappointing, straight at Casillas.
    • 67' Gomis almost tricks his way around Ramos in the penalty area, but once he looks like he's beaten him, Albiol arrives to clear the ball away.
    • 66' Karim Benzema in some pain, clattering straight over Ederson competing for a header. He rises back to his feet after a few seconds wincing on the ground.
    • 65' LLORIS DENIES RONALDO! That shot from 20 yards looked innocuous at first - but replays show it was creeping in at the near post and Lloris did well to force a corner.
    • 64' Change for Real Madrid - Coentrao off, Albiol on, wearing a protective face mask.
    • 63' Cameras pan to Zinedine Zidane in the stands. Should be happier, but he looks as if someone's just made him watch a replay of the 2006 World Cup final for a week straight.
    • 62' There's been a third goal in Amsterdam in the other Group D match and you can keep an eye on that match here
    • 61' WONDERFUL TACKLE FROM CRIS! The defender is on a yellow, and Lyon fans must have had their hearts in their mouths as he went for a sliding challenge on Di Maria as he broke into the box - but he gets the ball cleanly and prevents a golden chance at the cost of a corner.
    • 60' Lyon certainly far more of a threat in this second half, but Coentrao breaking up the play and playing a quick ball to Benzema is a reminder of the dangers at the back. A second Real goal would surely finish the game.
    • 59' Another yellow - this time for Diarra. He misjudges a tackle on Dabo and gives away a free-kick 35 yards out.
    • 58' Benzema takes a shot from just outside the box, this time popping up on the left. Decent hit, but Lloris palms it down in front of him before gathering the rebound.
    • 57' Yellow for Kallstrom - he loses his balance as he goes in for a sliding tackle on Diarra. Pepe looks appalled by that challenge - and he's a man who has seen one or two bad challenges...
    • 56' Briand makes a pacy run down the right and into the area, but again Sergio Ramos blocks him off.
    • 55' Jose Mourinho still very animated, shouting instructions from the touchline. For Lyon Fofana is warming up.
    • 54' Penalty shout for Lyon again as Gomis goes downwhen tackled by Gomis. Again, referee Nicola Rizzoli waves play on, and to be fair so too do his additional assistants behind the byline.
    • 53' Remember you can keep up to date with the key incidents from every Champions League game tonight by clicking here
    • 51' KHEDIRA SHOT BLOCKED! Looked destined for goal, too, after a pinpoint ball from Benzema, who's looked very sharp. Reveillere gets his body in the way, and that will sting.
    • 50' Yellow for Khedira, who goes in to a tackle against Ederson with studs showing.
    • 50' Lively opening to the second half, and Lyon have been a bit more adventurous. There are gaps opening up for Real Madrid to exploit, however.
    • 49' Careful! Benzema almost gets on the end of a loose back pass, but fortunately for the Lyon defence Lloris was alert.
    • 49' For a moment Kone looks to have judged his run perfectly, but he's offside as he looks to get to Gourcuff's cross. And his header is saved by Casillas to boot.
    • 48' Ederson wants a penalty after clashing with Diarra in the penalty area, but the referee from Italy wants nothing to do with it. Lyon do have a free-kick in a useful place, however..
    • 47' Tough task ahead for Lyon - how can they get back on terms with a Real Madrid side who look very comfortable indeed?
    • 46' The second half begins!
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    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: Lyon outplayed in the first half by Real Madrid, who lead by a goal. But they've just had a great opportunity to go in level at the break. Gourcuff couldn't take it - will that hurt them in the second half? Join me for that in around 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' GOURCUFF! A chance for Lyon to level and he doesn't take it! Huge as Gomis plays him in, but he hits his shot at a saveable height. Corner for Lyon.
    • 45' Good ball from Gourcuff to Briand, but strong defending from Sergio Ramos shepherds the ball out of Briad's reach.
    • 44' OZIL SPURNS A GOOD CHANCE! Real Madrid pick out the space again down the right, where Dabo is nowhere near Di Maria. He lays it off to Ozil, who has time to pick his spot and ends up playing a backpass to Lloris. Should have done so much better.
    • 43' Lyon not creating anything clear-cut, but at least for the last few minutes they've managed to get forward a little. It's been a difficult half for the French side.
    • 42' Gourcuff tries a low shot from the edge of the area. Not enough power behind it and Casillas gets down well to the near post to tidy up.
    • 41' Kallstrom cramped for space on the left, but does well to lay the ball back and Gourcuff helps it across the middle.
    • 40' Kallstrom picks out Ederson with a weighted pass, but the forward has just gone too early and is flagged offside.
    • 39' Xabi Alonso pings in a low shot from just outside the area. Ozil, in the wrong place at the wrong time, falls to the ground as the ball hits him flush on the heel.
    • 38' Injury for Lyon, and Garde has to make a change. Lovren comes off, replaced by Kone.
    • 37' Reveillere is an experienced French international, but he was made to look very silly by that half-stepover from Ronaldo. Looks even better on the replays.
    • 36' Ronaldo close to another special moment - outrageous trick to find some space in the penalty area, but after that his shot lets him down.
    • 35' Briand manages to get a shot away which takes a deflection, but it loops up gently for Casillas.
    • 34' Chance on the right for Real - started by Benzema playing a sumptuous first-time ball for Di Maria. Time and again they are getting in behind Lyon, but on this occasion the Argentine fails to get his cross away.
    • 33' Dainty interplay by Real Madrid deep in their own half goes awry - throw on the right which Reveillere shapes to take.
    • 32' CHANCE FOR BENZEMA! Time seemed to stand still as Ronaldo broke down the left. The Lyon defence looked for an offside flag and there was none, so the Portuguese laid on a pass for Benzema, whose shot from 10 yards was straight at Lloris. Could so easily have been the second.
    • 31' Meanwhile there has been another goal in Amsterdam - keep up with Ajax v Dinamo Zagreb here
    • 30' DI MARIA CLOSE! Good work from Lovren to block the shot, though if Di Maria had struck it with his right foot the defender might not have got there...
    • 29' Ozil only just offside as he tries to get on the end of a through ball from the marauding Diarra.
    • 28' CHANCE FOR LYON! Came from nowhere, but Kallstrom latches on to Gomis' chest-down and his shot from distance has Casillas scrambling for a moment.
    • 27' Xabi Alonso tries a shot from behind the halfway line. Ambitious, but not a terrible hit. Lloris makes the save.
    • 26' That's Ronaldo's 30th goal in the Champions League. He's still only 26 years old.
    • 25' GOAL! RONALDO BURIES THE FREE-KICK! Quite, quite brilliant. It doesn't get up high, but he generates so much pace that it beats Lloris. Questions need to be asked of the wall, but nothing Real don't deserve.
    • 24' Ozil's super flick plays in Benzema, and Gourcuff trips him in the D of the penalty area. This is Ronaldo territory.
    • 23' Whistles starting to go round the Stade Gerland as Xabi Alonso holds on to the ball. The home fans haven't seen much from their team so far.
    • 22' Madrid enjoying 58% of the possession so far. It feels like more.
    • 21' Gonalons given a stern telling off after his part in bringing down Ozil. Cris, already on a booking, also had a hand in that one. And Ozil's dribbling had left Reveillere embarrassed.
    • 20' News of a goal in the other Group D game - and Ajax are ahead... Keep an eye on that one here
    • 19' Diarra cannot keep in a long crossfield pass by the corner flag and Lyon clear again.
    • 18' Moment of respite for Lyon as Ronaldo is caught offside on the left. But it looks like being a long night for the hosts.
    • 17' Gonalons with an entirely uncovincing clearance and Lyon are being pegged back in their own half here. Something needs to change or the opener is almost inevitable.
    • 16' A quick throw from Ronaldo of all people nearly releases Khedira. Reveillere shows good composure to ease him off the ball and clean up.
    • 15' Gourcuff's turn to try his luck from distance. He's further out than Ronaldo was, and he's further over the bar to boot.
    • 14' Poor delivery, cleared out immediately. Real break, and the move culminates with Ronaldo lashing a shot from outside the box just over the bar.
    • 13' Corner for Gourcuff to take, and Lyon have a chance to create a spot of pressure of their own.
    • 12' Di Maria plays a chipped through ball only just beyond Benzema. Superb skill from the Argentine, who left Gourcuff for dead to find the space.
    • 11' Real Madrid have just upped their game. Ronaldo teases a chipped cross in the penalty area, soon after Khedira tries a shot. Lyon's first big test of the evening.
    • 10' FINE SAVE FROM LLORIS TO DENY BENZEMA! Real Madrid had cut Lyon to shreds, and Benzema was one-on-one with the stopper with the goal at his mercy. He tries to place it to the near post, but Lloris tips it around.
    • 9' That's a superb 60 yard pass from Xabi Alonso to Cristiano Ronadlo, who tries to be a little too clever with a pass back on his shoulder.
    • 8' Lovely turn from Ederson - superb control and his through ball nearly picks out Gomis. But as Real Madrid come forward, Cris lunges rashly on Ozil and that's the first yellow of the night.
    • 7' SHOT FROM RONALDO! Given a little too much space 25 yards out. He can be very dangerous from that distance, but not this time - Lloris has it covered.
    • 6' The crowd stirred as Gomis latches on to the ball on the halfway line - but there are three white shirts around him immediately. Lyon's attacking midfielders need to provide more support than that.
    • 5' Lovren penalised for handball, as Real Madrid get a free-kick just inside the French side's half.
    • 4' Free-kick on the right from a useful position as Sergio Ramos fouls Briand. The cross comes in from Cris, it's cleared, and Briand fires a relatively tame shot for Casillas to save.
    • 3' Gomis' eyes light up just for a moment as a through ball arrives - but it's some way beyond his reach.
    • 3' Benzema fouls Lovren as the defender tries to take Lyon out of their own half.
    • 2' Quiet start as both sides suss each other out. Given how many times they've played one another, it's scarcely necessary, surely?
    • 1' Kick off! We're away at the Stade Gerland.
    • 19:44 Real Madrid are playing in white. It's Lyon, the home side, who make the change, in their purple alternate kit.
    • 19:43 Champions League music rings out. Kick-off very soon.
    • 19:42 Worth keeping an eye on Lassana Diarra tonight. Having to play right-back at Chelsea was one of the reasons Diarra moved on from Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was his boss back then, too...
    • 19:41 I've barely mentioned Jose Mourinho in the build-up. Let's change that with a Mourinho fact - Jose's record against French clubs with his various clubs is played 12, won 9, drawn 2, lost 1.
    • 19:40 Wondering about the referee for tonight's clash. Of course you are. The man in black is an Italian - Nicola Rizzoli. It's his 15th Champions League match.
    • 19:35 If Lyon lose today they could find themselves three points behind Ajax with a worse goal difference. That would leave them with a huge battle to qualify for the last 16 - which they have managed every one of the last eight seasons.
    • 19:30 Where are my manners? My name is Mark Patterson, and I'll be updating you on tonight's game. You can get involved with your predictions and tips by leaving a comment below, or by following me on Twitter here
    • 19:25 MATCH ODDS: They may be at home, they may be unbeaten in four against Real Madrid at home, but Lyon are the outsiders tonight. Lyon are 5/1 in some quarters, with the visitors 4/6 on to claim a win.
    • 19:20 HEAD TO HEAD: In their nine Champions League meeting, Lyon have won 3, drawn 4 and lost 2. Lyon's strength has been at home, where they have three wins and a draw to date. They've met twice in the last 16 - in 2009/10, Lyon edged through 2-1 on aggregate, and in 2010/11 Real Madrid ended the hoodoo against Lyon and won 4-1 on aggregate.
    • 19:15 If you want to keep an eye on the other game in Group D, Ajax v Dinamo Zagreb, then you are only a click away
    • 19:10 REAL MADRID IN LA LIGA: Unbeaten Barcelona are hot on their heels, but with eight wins, a draw and a defeat (and a +26 goal difference), Real Madrid are currently top of La Liga. Latest table here
    • 19:10 LYON IN LIGUE 1: Manager Remi Garde has overseen a decent start to the season and his Lyon side are fourth, six points behind leaders PSG in Ligue 1. Latest table here
    • 19:05 Both sides look set to line up in 4-2-3-1 formations, then. Real Madrid, with no Marcelo and Arbeloa, have deployed Lassana Diarra as a right-back. No Kaka, no Higuain, but they do have Lyon old boy Benzema, who kicked off the 4-0 result with the opener up front. Lyon's new goalkeeping cover Matthieu Valverde is on the bench, and they're stretched with injuries. No Cissokho, Bastos or Lisandro.
    • 19:00 LYON: Lloris - Dabo, Lovren, Cris, Reveillere - Kallstrom, Gonalons - Ederson, Gourcuff, Briand - Gomis - Subs - Valverde, Kone, Fofana, Lacazette, Knone, Belfodil, Umtiti /// REAL MADRID: Casillas - Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Diarra - Xabi Alonso, Khedira - Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria - Benzema - Subs - Adan, Granero, Altintop, Albiol, Varane, Higuain, Callejon
    • 18:55 Real Madrid have been perfect through qualification so far. Three games, three wins, and yet to concede a goal. Lyon are level on points with Ajax and desperately need a victory to get a firm grip on second spot. Check Group D here
    • 18:50 These two sides seem to be drawn together in the Champions League, literally and metaphorically. This will be their 10th meeting in Europe since 2005. Lyon have had the better of things overall, but Real Madrid have turned that around of late, winning 4-0 last time out. Read the match report
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to live text commentary of Lyon versus Real Madrid in the Champions League from the Stade Gerland.
  • Summary

    • 90' OZIL CLOSE! At the other end Ronaldo lays on a chance for Ozil and Lloris gets just enough on the final pass to deny the German.
    • 89' BRIAND CLOSE! Gourcuff's ball gets Briand round the back of Sergio Ramos, and his shot, poked at just before Casillas can reach the ball, goes narrowly wide.
    • 86' CLOSE FROM KALLSTROM! Lovely shape to the kick, but just too high. Two foot lower, and Casillas would have been beaten.
    • 78' LYON HIT THE WOODWORK! The header from Briand loops over Casillas, but doesn't give Lyon the lifeline.
    • 72' DI MARIA CLOSE! Ronaldo starts the move with a surging run and Di Maria with the cutback across goal and finish - Lloris makes another fine save.
    • 69' RONALDO SCORES! Straight down the middle. It's his 100th goal for Real Madrid. A remarkable achievement.
    • 69' PENALTY FOR REAL! They break with Ozil, Ronaldo ends up on the ball and crashes against Dabo - the referee points to the spot.
    • 68' EDERSON SHOULD SCORE! Lyon doing so much better now, and Ederson makes room for himself by feigning to shoot and letting the ball run - but his shot is disappointing, straight at Casillas.
    • 65' LLORIS DENIES RONALDO! That shot from 20 yards looked innocuous at first - but replays show it was creeping in at the near post and Lloris did well to force a corner.
    • 61' WONDERFUL TACKLE FROM CRIS! The defender is on a yellow, and Lyon fans must have had their hearts in their mouths as he went for a sliding challenge on Di Maria as he broke into the box - but he gets the ball cleanly and prevents a golden chance at the cost of a corner.
    • 51' KHEDIRA SHOT BLOCKED! Looked destined for goal, too, after a pinpoint ball from Benzema, who's looked very sharp. Reveillere gets his body in the way, and that will sting.
    • 45+1' GOURCUFF! A chance for Lyon to level and he doesn't take it! Huge as Gomis plays him in, but he hits his shot at a saveable height. Corner for Lyon.
    • 44' OZIL SPURNS A GOOD CHANCE! Real Madrid pick out the space again down the right, where Dabo is nowhere near Di Maria. He lays it off to Ozil, who has time to pick his spot and ends up playing a backpass to Lloris. Should have done so much better.
    • 32' CHANCE FOR BENZEMA! Time seemed to stand still as Ronaldo broke down the left. The Lyon defence looked for an offside flag and there was none, so the Portuguese laid on a pass for Benzema, whose shot from 10 yards was straight at Lloris. Could so easily have been the second.
    • 30' DI MARIA CLOSE! Good work from Lovren to block the shot, though if Di Maria had struck it with his right foot the defender might not have got there...
    • 28' CHANCE FOR LYON! Came from nowhere, but Kallstrom latches on to Gomis' chest-down and his shot from distance has Casillas scrambling for a moment.
    • 25' GOAL! RONALDO BURIES THE FREE-KICK! Quite, quite brilliant. It doesn't get up high, but he generates so much pace that it beats Lloris. Questions need to be asked of the wall, but nothing Real don't deserve.
    • 10' FINE SAVE FROM LLORIS TO DENY BENZEMA! Real Madrid had cut Lyon to shreds, and Benzema was one-on-one with the stopper with the goal at his mercy. He tries to place it to the near post, but Lloris tips it around.
    • 7' SHOT FROM RONALDO! Given a little too much space 25 yards out. He can be very dangerous from that distance, but not this time - Lloris has it covered.
    • 19:00 LYON: Lloris - Dabo, Lovren, Cris, Reveillere - Kallstrom, Gonalons - Ederson, Gourcuff, Briand - Gomis - Subs - Valverde, Kone, Fofana, Lacazette, Knone, Belfodil, Umtiti /// REAL MADRID: Casillas - Coentrao, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Diarra - Xabi Alonso, Khedira - Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria - Benzema - Subs - Adan, Granero, Altintop, Albiol, Varane, Higuain, Callejon

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