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Fred leaves Lyon purring

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2005, 0.25CET
Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Rosenborg BK Fred's added-time goal earned the Group F winners a last-gasp victory at the Stade Gerland.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Gerland

Match statistics

LyonRosenborg

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
3
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 December 2005

E Milan
3-2
Schalke
E PSV
2-0
Fenerbahçe
F Lyon
2-1
Rosenborg
F Olympiacos
2-1
Real Madrid
G Chelsea
0-0
Liverpool
G Betis
0-1
Anderlecht
H Rangers
1-1
Internazionale
H Artmedia
0-0
Porto

7 December 2005

A Rapid Wien
1-3
Juventus
A Brugge
1-1
Bayern
B Sparta Praha
0-0
Thun
B Arsenal
0-0
Ajax
C Udinese
0-2
Barcelona
C Werder
5-1
Panathinaikos
D Villarreal
1-0
Lille
D Benfica
2-1
Man. United
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2005, 0.25CET

Fred leaves Lyon purring

Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Rosenborg BK Fred's added-time goal earned the Group F winners a last-gasp victory at the Stade Gerland.

Olympique Lyonnais completed their UEFA Champions League Group F campaign in style as a last-gasp goal from Fred secured a hard-fought victory against a determined Rosenborg BK.

Braaten leveller
The French champions showed glimpses of their best football and created openings at regular intervals, but a first-half strike from Karim Benzema, their 17-year-old debutant, was all they had to show for their efforts. Rosenborg, who now go into the UEFA Cup Round of 32 after finishing third, produced a spirited display and after hitting the post twice in the second period, they eventually drew level through Daniel Braaten's header. However, there was still time for Fred to grab a winner three minutes into added time, sweeping in Hatem Ben Arfa's cutback.

Youthful approach
With first place assured, Lyon coach Gérard Houllier rested a host of senior players. Rémy Vercoutre replaced Grégory Coupet in goal, Jérémy Clément joined Benoît Pedretti in midfield, while the highly-rated Benzema made his European debut, playing just off John Carew. Sylvain Wiltord added experience on the right, with another teenager, Ben Arfa, on the left. Rosenborg also named a much-changed lineup but for different reasons. The Norwegian side had four midfielders missing through injury, including captain Roar Strand, so Vidar Riseth and Fredrik Winsnes patrolled the middle of the pitch, with Frode Johnsen partnering Thorstein Helstad in attack.

Benzema impresses
Lyon were the first to settle and produced the first shot on 12 minutes. Cris strode purposefully out of defence and picked out Wiltord who released Anthony Réveillère on the right, but the full-back fired over. Benzema was in particularly lively form, showing no signs of nerves and twice going close to breaking through the Rosenborg rearguard. First, he just failed to control Réveillère's long ball, then moments later he lost his footing after bursting on to Pedretti's clever scooped pass.

Persistence rewarded
Lyon were missing the considerable influence of Mahamadou Diarra in central midfield, and Rosenborg slowly got into proceedings. They had their first effort on goal midway through the half, Winsnes clipping a free-kick fractionally wide. The Benzema threat refused to go away, though. He almost broke the deadlock on 32 minutes, jinking past two defenders on the edge of the area before striking a low attempt just wide, but seconds later the French youth international did find the back of the net. Carew, playing against his former club, beat two defenders on the right and cut the ball back to Benzema who rifled past Espen Johnsen. The goal boosted Lyon who finished the half on top, but Ben Arfa failed to emulate Benzema as he sent a dipping volley over.

Entertaining encounter
Lyon looked determined to add to their advantage after the interval, but Carew and Ben Arfa both had long-range drives well saved by Espen Johnsen. The game was suddenly flowing from end to end, and Rosenborg should have equalised when Helstad latched on to Frode Johnsen's cross but the striker directed his header against Vercoutre's left-hand post from close range. The visitors' luck was out again on the hour as Winsnes's dinked free-kick grazed the outside of the same upright.

Rosenborg rally
Espen Johnsen then kept his team in the match when he kept out Benzema's cross-shot at full stretch, and the importance of that stop became clear moments later as the Norwegian side drew level. Øyvind Storflor's set-piece caught the Lyon defence unawares and Braaten stole in to flick a header past Vercoutre. Benzema was subsequently denied twice by Espen Johnsen, and this looked to have earned Rosenborg a point until Fred's last-gasp intervention.

Last updated: 07/12/05 15.11CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

rosenborg

Rosenborg

30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
3
CrisCris
4
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
6
ClémentJérémy Clément
5
BasmaChrister Basma
9
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution55
9
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
12
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
Substitution83
10
RisethVidar Riseth (C)
Yellow Card60
Substitution81
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
17
StorflorØyvind Storflor
Substitution83
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
18
LagoAlejandro Lago
Yellow Card40
19
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal33
Substitution90
20
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution57
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord (C)
25
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Goal68
24
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
26
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
26
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti
Yellow Card67
33
DorsinMikael Dorsin

Substitutes

25
HartockJoan Hartock (GK)
30
RønningenIvar Rønningen (GK)
5
CaçapaClaudio Caçapa
13
ØdegaardAlexander Ødegaard
Substitution57
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
14
EgurenSebastián Eguren
Substitution83
Yellow Card90+3
11
FredFred
Substitution55
Goal90+3
19
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution81
14
GovouSidney Govou
21
StensaasStåle Stensaas
31
ClercFrançois Clerc
Substitution83
32
BeyniéRomain Beynié
Substitution90

Coach

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

Referee

Arturo Dauden Ibañez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Luis Cote Saez (ESP)

Fourth official

Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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