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Juninho strike leaves Lyon on top

Published: Tuesday 21 February 2006, 23.23CET
PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Juninho Pernambucano's second-half free-kick gave the French team a significant advantage.
by Derek Brookman
from Philips Stadion

Match statistics

PSVLyon

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
8
Corners2
 
8
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed29
 
20
Yellow cards0
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 21 February 2006, 23.23CET

Juninho strike leaves Lyon on top

PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Juninho Pernambucano's second-half free-kick gave the French team a significant advantage.

A second-half free-kick from Juninho Pernambucano put Olympique Lyonnais on course for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a 1-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadion.

Govou dismissed
Following an even first half, the French champions stepped up the pace after the interval, and eventually got their reward on 64 minutes when they won a free-kick 25 metres from goal. Inevitably it was Brazilian midfielder Juninho who stepped up and he did not disappoint, striking a fierce, swerving drive that completely deceived compatriot Heurelho Gomes in the PSV goal. The visitors looked to press home their advantage but were forced to defend for the last ten minutes after Sidney Govou was dismissed for a second yellow card.

Defensive honours
The win will go some way towards avenging last season's quarter-final defeat by PSV, and was largely down to a fine performance from a makeshift defence which saw recent signing Patrick Müller make his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance alongside Brazilian Cris. They helped subdue an attacking lineup of Jefferson Farfán and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, as Arouna Koné was confined to the substitutes' bench.

Coupet acrobatics
PSV almost took the lead in the first minute when Ibrahim Afellay's cross was met with force by the head of Vennegoor of Hesselink and only an acrobatic save from Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet kept the scores level. Minutes later Coupet's opposite number Gomes was forced to scramble off his line to prevent Govou latching on to Michael Reiziger's weak back-pass as Lyon slowly established territorial advantage. But PSV remained dangerous on the break, with Afellay particularly menacing on the left.

Blistering strike
In Juninho, Lyon have one of the best free-kick exponents in world football, but PSV revealed one of their own on 15 minutes when Farfán was brought down. Up stepped Alex, and the Brazilian defender's blistering drive grazed the crossbar as the helpless Coupet watched on. The set-piece was one of a series awarded to either team in a scrappy period in which André Ooijer received treatment for a head wound, and Cris for a knock.

Chances created
Lyon midfielder Florent Malouda screwed an effort high and wide when well placed midway through the half, before PSV's Belgian international Timmy Simons saw his cross-cum-shot slip narrowly past the post as both sides created opportunities. With half-time approaching a bustling run from John Carew ended in a well-struck shot from the edge of the box that flew across Gomes's goal. Moments later Vennegoor of Hesselink went even closer, but not close enough, with a flashing header.

Lyon pressure
The second half started briskly, with Carew and Phillip Cocu missing chances at either end before Sylvain Wiltord, a half-time replacement for Cris, drilled an effort well past Gomes's right-hand post. Lyon continued to press, and Gomes had to stretch to keep out Mahamadou Diarra's rasping drive. PSV substitute Ismaïl Aissati then cleared a Carew header off the line just before the hour mark, and eventually the mounting Lyon pressure told.

Juninho attempt
Juninho's free-kick bamboozled Gomes but the goalkeeper went some way towards atoning for that error when he beat out a fierce drive from another Brazilian, Lyon substitute Fred soon after. By the time the French team's attacking impetus had been curtailed by Govou's dismissal, Koné had replaced Afellay. The Ivorian had a gilt-edged opportunity late on when sent clear by Vennegoor of Hesselink's header, but hit the post as Lyon took a significant step towards the quarter-finals.

Last updated: 22/02/06 8.14CET

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Lineups

psv

PSV

lyon

Lyon

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
2
OoijerAndré Ooijer
3
CrisCris
Substitution46
3
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
4
AlexAlex
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Yellow Card42
6
SimonsTimmy Simons
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
Yellow Card13
Goal65
8
CocuPhillip Cocu (C)
9
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution63
9
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
15
CulinaJason Culina
Substitution54
14
GovouSidney Govou
Yellow Card66
Red Card81
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
20
AbidalÉric Abidal
19
LameyMichael Lamey
21
TiagoTiago
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution73
31
ClercFrançois Clerc

Substitutes

21
ZoetebierEdwin Zoetebier (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
7
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
6
ClémentJérémy Clément
10
KonéArouna Koné
Substitution73
11
FredFred
Substitution63
11
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
16
LuciusTheo Lucius
19
BenzemaKarim Benzema
18
Eric AddoEric Addo
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution46
Yellow Card86
37
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Substitution54
26
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti

Coach

Guus Hiddink (NED) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Panos Mavropoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Christoforos Zografos (GRE)

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