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Lyon roar into knockout stages

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.35CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-4 Olympique Lyonnais
John Carew scored twice as Lyon booked their place in the last 16 with a rousing comeback victory.
by John Atkin

Match statistics

OlympiacosLyon

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners2
 
1
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
26
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.35CET

Lyon roar into knockout stages

Olympiacos CFP 1-4 Olympique Lyonnais
John Carew scored twice as Lyon booked their place in the last 16 with a rousing comeback victory.

Olympique Lyonnais sealed their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as they scored four goals in 16 minutes either side of half-time to claim a comeback victory at Olympiacos CFP.

Carew double
Needing to win to keep alive their own hopes of escaping Group F, Haruna Babangida had given the home team the perfect start at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium with a goal inside the first three minutes to spark a spell of Olympiacos pressure. Lyon weathered the storm, however, and Juninho Pernambucano equalised four minutes before the interval with a trademark free-kick. John Carew added another before the break and by the time the Norwegian netted his second on 57 minutes, Lyon were coasting to a healthy victory.

Babangida breakthrough
Sidney Govou had earned Lyon a last-gasp 2-1 win in the reverse fixture at the Stade Gerland a fortnight ago, and Gérard Houllier opted to recall him tonight in place of Sylvain Wiltord. But it was a striking change for Olympiacos that made the more immediate impression when Babangida, only included because of a thigh injury to Mihalis Konstantinou, broke the deadlock in the first real attack of the game. The Nigerian coolly drilled a shot over the sprawling Grégory Coupet after latching on to Pantelis Kafes's perfectly-weighted through-ball.

Olympiacos dominance
Only two sides in UEFA Champions League history have reached the knockout stages after losing their first three matches but Olympiacos appeared determined to make it three as they dominated a fractious opening period, punctuated by a number of fouls. One by Coupet almost proved costly on 15 minutes when he raced out of his goal to challenge Predrag Djordjević by his right-hand corner flag, but only contrived to trip the effervescent winger.

Dead-ball danger
A past master from dead-ball situations, Rivaldo is not as potent as he once was, and failed to provide a testing cross into a packed Lyon area as the home team looked to capitalise on their dominance. Rivaldo's mantle as Brazil's best free-kick taker has passed to Juninho, who scored a stunning free-kick in these clubs' Matchday 3 meeting. The hosts were clearly stung by that and although the Lyon playmaker's first effort was tame, goalkeeper Kleopas Giannou – deputising for the ill Antonios Nikopolidis – opted to punch clear.

Juninho free-kick
Juninho had another limp attempt midway through the half but finally found his range four minutes before half-time, firing up and over the wall and low to Giannou's left. It was by far the most sweetly-executed free-kick of the night, although the goalkeeper's reaction reflected his thoughts on who was to blame, but he could do nothing three minutes later when Carew made it 2-1. The big man collected a loose ball on the edge of the Olympiacos area, powered through a static back line and hit an unstoppable shot low to Giannou's left.

Top-two place
The goal left the hosts shell-shocked and even the break failed to revive them as Govou spurned two openings inside five minutes after the restart. Mahamadou Diarra was more clinical on 55 minutes, tapping into an empty net after the hapless Giannou had parried Carew's effort into his path. Carew scored his second two minutes later when he headed Juninho's arcing free-kick in via a deflection off the head of Ioannis Okkas. It was the killer blow and with Real Madrid CF defeating Rosenborg BK in Trondheim, Lyon are assured of a top-two finish.

Last updated: 02/11/05 10.55CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

lyon

Lyon

34
GiannouKleopas Giannou (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
Yellow Card15
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
3
CrisCris
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution81
5
CaçapaClaudio Caçapa (C)
10
RivaldoRivaldo
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Goal55
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Substitution65
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho
Goal41
Substitution78
15
Y. TouréYaya Touré
9
CarewJohn Carew
Goal44
Goal57
Yellow Card87
19
KostoulasThanasis Kostoulas
Yellow Card16
Substitution65
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution67
21
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
12
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
30
PantosTasos Pantos
14
GovouSidney Govou
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
Yellow Card57
20
AbidalÉric Abidal
40
BabangidaHaruna Babangida
Goal3
21
TiagoTiago
Yellow Card17
Substitution74

Substitutes

33
LemmensErwin Lemmens (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Substitution65
6
ClémentJérémy Clément
Substitution74
8
MarićMiloš Marić
11
FredFred
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
18
D'AcolD'Acol
Substitution81
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution67
20
Dani GarcíaDani García
24
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
22
BulutErol Bulut
Substitution65
26
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti
Substitution78

Coach

Trond Sollied (NOR) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Stefan Wittberg (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

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