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Lyon reprise winning formula

Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 0.45CET
FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Fred and Tiago repeated their Matchday 1 goalscoring heroics to keep their Lyon side flying high in Group E.
by Paul Saffer

Match statistics

SteauaLyon

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners5
 
7
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 0.45CET

Lyon reprise winning formula

FC Steaua Bucuresti 0-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Fred and Tiago repeated their Matchday 1 goalscoring heroics to keep their Lyon side flying high in Group E.

Fred and Tiago repeated their goalscoring heroics of two weeks ago against Real Madrid CF and Karim Benzema struck late on to give Olympique Lyonnais another UEFA Champions League Group E win at FC Steaua Bucuresti.

Resistance broken
The home side had been holding out well until a fumble from goalkeeper Carlos Alberto Fernandes allowed Fred to register just before half-time. Tiago's strong header ten minutes after the interval and substitute Benzema's delicate shot confirmed the victory and leaves Lyon with a healthy three-point group lead.

Juninho effort
As his team returned to their revamped Steaua stadium after nine months away, home coach Cosmin Olaroiu looked to counter the threat of Juninho Pernambucano by deploying the experienced Petre Marin at right-back, but within six minutes the Brazilian midfielder had already showed his worth with a trademark free-kick that was spectacularly saved by Fernandes. Generally, though, while Lyon were hugely dominant in possession, their 4-3-3 formation with Fred as the spearhead was not creating clear-cut chances against a well-organised Steaua back line.

Long-range try
With Sorin Paraschiv captaining Steaua from midfield, having passed a late fitness test, their only opportunities were shots from distance - Florin Lovin getting into range with a useful if hopeful effort in the 27th minute. Meanwhile, Fernandes was forced into more acrobatics by a looping strike by Jérémy Toulalan, the Portuguese custodian not taking any risks about the attempt sneaking in though it appeared to be going wide.

Freak goal
However, with two minutes left in the half came a moment Fernandes will want to forget. With a free-kick from the same position 25 metres to the right of goal from which Juninho had earlier threatened, the Brazilian sent in a hopeful shot. Fernandes advanced to claim but spilt the ball as he leapt, and was helpless when Fred pounced and confidently struck with his right foot into an empty net.

Lead doubled
Lyon have never lost a UEFA Champions League tie after scoring first, but Steaua were not about to panic and continued to rely for their attacking thrust on the skill of Valentin Badea rather than the more powerful Cyril Thereau. Nicolae Dica almost sent through Banel Nicolita but Eric Abidal used his strength to prevent a one-on-one with Grégory Coupet. Daniel Oprita was introduced to add physique to the Steaua front line, but within moments Lyon doubled their lead. Juninho was the creator again, curling in a corner which Tiago headed past Fernandes after outjumping his Steaua markers.

No way through
Steaua had no choice but to press, yet Lyon had hardly been giving them much of the ball and that did not change. Thereau was brought on with 15 minutes left, but the last word went to teenage forward Benzema who slid the ball in from a tight angle after running on to Juninho's back heel. Nonetheless, Steaua's 4-1 win at FC Dynamo Kyiv on Matchday 1 means they are still in a good position ahead of their double-header against Madrid while Lyon are in Ukraine in three weeks' time.

Last updated: 27/09/06 10.46CET

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Lineups

steaua

Steaua

lyon

Lyon

13
Carlos                                            Carlos Fernandes (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
3
GoianDorin Goian
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
9
BadeaValentin Badea
3
CrisCris
10
DicăNicolae Dică
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
11
BoştinăGabriel Boştină
Substitution55
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Yellow Card76
11
FredFred
Goal43
Substitution85
18
MarinPetre Marin
20
AbidalÉric Abidal
Substitution76
20
LovinFlorin Lovin
Substitution76
21
TiagoTiago
Goal55
Substitution82
22
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv (C)
Substitution57
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
24
GhioneaSorin Ghionea
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Yellow Card78

Substitutes

12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
7
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution55
Yellow Card68
6
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution82
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
Substitution57
Yellow Card90+1
12
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
Substitution76
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
14
GovouSidney Govou
21
ThéréauCyril Théréau
Substitution76
15
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
23
SabanKlemi Saban
19
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution85
Goal89
28
ComanGigel Coman
29
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci

Coach

Aurelian Cosmin Olaroiu (ROU) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), David Bryan (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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