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Bremen broken by lethal Lyon

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 0.45CET
Werder Bremen 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais Sylvain Wiltord sets the French champions on course for victory.

Match statistics

BremenLyon

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target16
 
3
Corners13
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 0.45CET

Bremen broken by lethal Lyon

Werder Bremen 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais Sylvain Wiltord sets the French champions on course for victory.

By Mark Bennett at Weserstadion

French champions Olympique Lyonnais produced a masterful display to overcome their German counterparts Werder Bremen, Sylvain Wiltord, Mohamadou Diarra and Juninho Pernambucano striking to earn a comfortable away win that all but sealed a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Fine strikes
Wiltord struck with only nine minutes on the clock in the Weserstadion to give Paul Le Guen's team the advantage before long-range efforts from Diarra and Juninho completed a fine evening's work. Lyon will be taking nothing for granted at the Stade Gerland on 8 March, however, having defeated Bremen by the same score on the side's last meeting in the 1999/00 UEFA Cup third round first leg only to lose the return 4-0.

Klasnic blow
With Ivan Klasnic having to pull out minutes before the start of the match with a suspected recurrence of his thigh injury, Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf was forced to pair Miroslav Klose to partner Nelson Valdez up front. Bremen nevertheless tried to take control of the match and threatened within a minute, Ludovic Magnin breaking forward and crossing for Daniel Jensen, but Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet did enough to force the midfield player to misdirect his header. Six minutes later Valdez made a run down the left before feeding Johan Micoud, but the former French international's shot was palmed to safety by Coupet.

Wiltord finish
Lyon refused to be rattled by Bremen's bright start and took the lead on nine minutes. Malouda broke down the right before crossing low towards Pierre-Alain Frau. Although the striker failed to connect properly, the ball found its way to the far post where Wiltord calmly slotted past Andreas Reinke.

Borowski denied
Bremen needed ten minutes to recover but came close to an equaliser in the 18th minute, Tim Borowski launching himself at Paul Stalteri's cross but only finding the side-netting with a spectacular diving header. Nine minutes later Stalteri provided another good ball from the right after being released by Jensen and this time Coupet was forced into a great reflex save by Klose.

Constant threat
Lyon then had another lucky escape when Valérien Ismaël headed fractionally high. Bremen continued to push forward despite the visitors' threat on the counterattack and Stalteri's third good cross fell to Borowski but once again the midfield player failed to hit the target.

No changes
Lyon looked much more organised in the early stages of the second half and succeeded in keeping the German champions away from their own goal. On the hour Schaaf made his first substitution, introducing Aaron Hunt for Borowski and switching to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation. However, the change did not alter Bremen's luck in front of goal, with Coupet turning Klose's shot away with an unconventional save.

Govou misfortune
At the other end Sidney Govou came close to doubling his side's lead in the 67th minute, meeting Lamine Diatta's right-wing cross with a glancing header that beat Heinke only to hit the right-hand post and rebound into the goalkeeper's grateful arms. Moments later Valdez should have levelled when he hustled Diatta off the ball inside the Lyon penalty area only to pull his shot wide.

Lyon double
With Bremen's attacking efforts stuttering Lyon sealed their win with two goals in four minutes. With 13 minutes remaining Diarra beat Reinke with a vicious shot from the edge of the area after subtle approach play by Juninho and substitute Jérémy Clément, and three minutes later Juninho produced a trademark free-kick from 30 metres out to leave the Bremen goalkeeper clutching at air again and complete a memorable win.

Last updated: 24/02/05 12.31CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

lyon

Lyon

1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
3
CrisCris
4
ErnstFabian Ernst (C)
4
EssienMichael Essien
7
StalteriPaul Stalteri
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Goal77
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho
Goal80
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution63
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
14
GovouSidney Govou (C)
Yellow Card33
Substitution88
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Yellow Card55
Substitution61
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
25
IsmaëlValérien Ismaël
20
AbidalÉric Abidal
38
ValdezNelson Valdez
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Goal9
Yellow Card52
Substitution77

Substitutes

31
WalkeAlexander Walke (GK)
30
PuydeboisNicolas Puydebois (GK)
5
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
11
NilmarNilmar
Substitution63
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution61
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod
21
ZidanMohamed Zidan
26
ClémentJérémy Clément
Substitution77
22
BaneckiFrancis Banecki
28
BenzemaKarim Benzema
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
29
GomezYohan Gomez
34
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution88

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Paul Le Guen (FRA)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL)

Fourth official

Johny Ver Eecke (BEL)

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