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Lyon continue perfect start

Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.51CET
Rosenborg BK 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais A solitary goal from Cris in Trondheim moved the French champions three points clear at the top of Group F.
by Ben Lyttleton

Match statistics

RosenborgLyon

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
9
Corners5
 
8
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
7
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.51CET

Lyon continue perfect start

Rosenborg BK 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais A solitary goal from Cris in Trondheim moved the French champions three points clear at the top of Group F.

Olympique Lyonnais went top of UEFA Champions League Group F after extending Rosenborg BK's winless home run in the competition to seven games. The French champions were indebted to a header from Cris just before half-time to continue their 100 per cent record in the section.

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Two changes
Rosenborg striker Thorstein Helstad shook off a toe problem to play while Vidar Riseth and Daniel Braaten replaced Alejandro Lago and Fredrik Winsnes from their Matchday 1 starting lineup. For Lyon, Mahamadou Diarra passed a late test on a thigh strain and Brazilian playmaker Juninho Pernambucano returned after being rested for Sunday's 1-0 win at FC Nantes Atlantique. Lyon's top scorer John Carew, who struck 18 goals in Rosenborg's title triumph of 1999, started against his former club.

Juninho influence
Although Rosenborg saw more of the early possession, they failed to trouble Grégory Coupet in the Lyon goal. Instead Juninho became the key influence, his long pass into the area finding Sidney Govou, who jinked past Mikael Dorsin but hit a weak shot straight at Espen Johnsen. Juninho then forced the goalkeeper into a good save after pouncing on a loose ball following Carew's powerful run into the box.

Diarra wasteful
Lyon were dominating, while the home side seemed content to attack on the break. The French champions, leading marksmen in last season's competition, were frustrated when Diarra wasted another good chance, jumping unmarked to head Govou's corner over the bar from eight metres. Govou then turned his marker before hitting a fizzing volley just over.

Woodwork struck
It was not all one-way traffic, however, and Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Braaten combined well to pressurise Jérémy Berthod into conceding a free-kick 25 metres out. Dorsin stepped up and hit a curling left-footed effort that beat Coupet but cannoned off the foot of a post. The difference in class was apparent, though, when Helstad miscontrolled a through-ball from Ørjan Berg with just Coupet to beat.

Lyon capitalise
It was a let-off for the visitors, who capitalised one minute before half-time after Berg, who had just been booked, conceded a free-kick in range for specialist Juninho to try his luck. As expected, the Brazilian released a swerving shot which Johnsen could only parry for a corner. It proved a vital moment, as the resulting delivery was touched on by Claudio Caçapa at the near post and knocked in by Cris to put Lyon ahead.

Morale boost
Rosenborg pushed forward immediately and had a penalty claim rejected after Braaten's shot struck the body of Cris. From the following corner, Braaten hit a half-volley narrowly wide. That boosted the morale of the home fans and they roared their team on when the sides emerged after the break.

More chances
Lyon did not sit back, however, and were close to extending their lead when Carew missed a cross from Florent Malouda. Juninho then curled another set-piece centimetres off target, before Malouda almost embarrassed the goalkeeper with a powerful effort that deflected off Roar Strand, changed direction and nearly crept inside the near post.

Coupet untested
Rosenborg striker Frode Johnsen was one of three new faces introduced but the Trondheim club's striking troubles continued. The one-goal cushion rarely looked under threat, summed up by the fact Coupet made his first, and only, save of the game from a weak shot from Skjelbred on 73 minutes, as Lyon claimed the win to go three points clear in Group F.

Last updated: 29/09/05 0.45CET

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Lineups

rosenborg

Rosenborg

lyon

Lyon

1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
6
StrandRoar Strand (C)
Substitution66
3
CrisCris
Goal45+1
7
BergØrjan Berg
Yellow Card43
5
CaçapaClaudio Caçapa (C)
10
RisethVidar Riseth
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
11
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
9
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution90+1
17
StorflorØyvind Storflor
Substitution59
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
20
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution68
12
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
25
BraatenDaniel Braaten
14
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution85
26
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
21
TiagoTiago
33
DorsinMikael Dorsin
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod

Substitutes

30
RønningenIvar Rønningen (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
4
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
11
FredFred
Substitution90+1
5
BasmaChrister Basma
Substitution66
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
9
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution68
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
13
ØdegaardAlexander Ødegaard
Substitution59
Yellow Card82
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution85
14
EgurenSebastián Eguren
24
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
18
LagoAlejandro Lago
26
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Evgueni Volnin (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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