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Lyon look likely but PSV prepared

Published: Sunday 26 February 2006, 1.00CET
Olympique Lyonnais have every chance of reaching the quarter-finals after a 1-0 away victory against PSV Eindhoven, although the Dutch team will not give up.
Published: Sunday 26 February 2006, 1.00CET

Lyon look likely but PSV prepared

Olympique Lyonnais have every chance of reaching the quarter-finals after a 1-0 away victory against PSV Eindhoven, although the Dutch team will not give up.

Olympique Lyonnais believe strongly in their chances of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after Juninho Pernambucano's second-half free-kick sealed a 1-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven in the Philips Stadion.

Govou out
•The winner was a triumph for one Brazilian at the expense of another, Juninho's compatriot Heurelho Gomes being deceived by the swerving drive. However, joy for the French champions was tempered by the knowledge that they will be without striker Sidney Govou for the home leg after he was dismissed for a second yellow card.

Some revenge
• The win gave Gérard Houllier's team a measure of revenge for their defeat by PSV in a thrilling UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie 12 months ago. The Dutch side prevailed on penalties – and advanced to the semi-finals where AC Milan defeated them on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw - with Lyon's Michael Essien and Eric Abidal missing from the spot to enable PSV to seal a 4-2 win. It was the first occasion a knockout game in the competition - other than the final - had gone to a shoot-out.

• Both games had finished 1-1 with Lyon ahead on each occasion before PSV pegged them back. Florent Malouda in the Stade Gerland and Sylvain Wiltord two weeks later, had tipped the odds in the French side's favour but their opponents showed their fighting qualities on each occasion as Phillip Cocu and Alex fired second-half equalisers.

Solid at home
• Lyon are not in the habit of slipping up at home. Since AFC Ajax beat them 2-0 in October 2002 they have staged 13 home games in the UEFA Champions League, winning nine and drawing four.

• Victories in all their games in the Stade Gerland in this campaign helped Lyon edge out Real Madrid CF to finish top of Group F, dropping just two points in six games. In their sixth UEFA Champions League campaign, Lyon began with a memorable 3-0 home success against the Spanish side and drew 1-1 in the Spanish capital. Norwegian international John Carew scored in both those games and has a total of four goals, the same mark as Juninho after his Eindhoven strike.

Going Dutch
• The French team have welcomed Dutch opposition – three different sides - on three previous occasions in the UEFA Champions League. A win against SC Heerenveen and a defeat by AFC Ajax preceded the draw last season with PSV.

PSV leave it late
• To reach this stage in their tenth UEFA Champions League campaign, Guus Hiddink's team had to win their final game in Group E and a 2-0 victory against Fenerbahçe SK earned them second place behind AC Milan.

Scoreless run
• The Dutch side's goal in Lyon in the quarter-final tie 12 months ago was their last away from home in the competition. Since then they have had four games on the road, losing three and drawing one and in none of them were they able to find the net.

Unbeaten in France
• PSV are unbeaten on their last five visits to France which includes four draws and a win at AS Monaco FC in last season's first knockout round though that is their solitary success in 12 fixtures. They took a long time making their mark in that country, failing to score a goal in their first four attempts.

Success at this stage
• The first knockout round has proved fertile territory for both sides – albeit that for the Dutch champions this is only the second time they have reached this stage. Last season PSV put paid to Monaco 3-0 overall, winning 1-0 at home with Alex on target while the 2-0 away win came courtesy of Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and DaMarcus Beasley.

• At the same time, Lyon defeated Werder Bremen 10-2 on aggregate, posting a 3-0 success in Germany before winning 7-2 at home. Sylvain Wiltord's hat-trick in that game added to his goal in the away leg. At the same stage in the previous season Lyon had enjoyed matching 1-0 wins against Real Sociedad de Fútbol before bowing out to eventual winners FC Porto.

Knockout format
• Clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis, with the team scoring the greater aggregate of goals qualifying for the next round. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of goals, the team which scores more goals away qualifies. If this proves inconclusive, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes is played after the second match. If during extra time both teams score the same number of goals, the away goals count double (ie. the visiting team advances). If no goals are scored during extra time, the winner is decided by penalty kicks.

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