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Stuttgart sunk by resurgent Lyon

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2007, 0.40CET
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais Second-half goals from Fábio Santos and Karim Benzema ensured that Lyon finally broke their duck.
by John Atkin
from Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion

Match statistics

StuttgartLyon

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners7
 
7
Offsides6
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2007, 0.40CET

Stuttgart sunk by resurgent Lyon

VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais Second-half goals from Fábio Santos and Karim Benzema ensured that Lyon finally broke their duck.

Fábio Santos marked his UEFA Champions League debut with a goal as Olympique Lyonnais revived aspirations of progress from Group E with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart.

Benzema strike
Having lost each of their opening fixtures the sides came into the game six points behind FC Barcelona and Rangers FC, knowing only a win would do and after a cautious first half it was the visitors who prevailed. Only playing due to a late injury to Jérémy Toulalan, Santos broke the deadlock on 56 minutes and Karim Benzema made the points safe eleven minutes from time, combining with Sidney Govou and rifling in as Stuttgart were left with a mountain to climb.

Cautious start
Given their disappointing starts to the campaign, the caution both teams displayed in the early stages was understandable, packing the midfield as they sought to give nothing away. Yet after 13 tentative minutes Govou broke the shackles, drawing defenders to the right flank before feeding the advancing Anthony Réveillère in the channel. The full-back cut in to deliver a low cross and, though that was well blocked at the front post with Benzema lurking, the tone was set.

Farnerud delivery
Stuttgart responded in kind. Having played as a makeshift left-back at the weekend, it was Alexander Farnerud, restored to a more attacking role, who provided the impetus. His free-kick forced a last-ditch clearance and moments later he drifted a centre to the edge of the box which Silvio Meissner met with a speculative header. Given how much this result meant to both sides, it was worth a try; and such a mindset had apparently infected the visitors as Kim Källström hit a swerving effort from 30 metres that Raphael Schäfer did well to keep out so convincingly.

Benzema miss
For all the endeavour, quality was lacking although Hatem Ben Arfa was a notable exception. With half-time approaching he became more expansive, and his adroit lay-off to Benzema might have set up the opener on 40 minutes but with only Schäfer to beat the striker scuffed his chip. Credit also went to the goalkeeper, who was called on again before the interval, diving at the feet of Govou as Lyon ended the half on top.

Stuttgart regroup
If the break could not come soon enough for Stuttgart, the 15 minutes spent inside apparently had a rejuvenating effect on the Bundesliga champions as they began the second period with purpose, with makeshift right-back Roberto Hilbert leading the way. Lyon were pegged back, but as in the first half, Govou released the pressure, advancing to the edge of the Stuttgart area and earning a corner which proved decisive.

Pressure pays off
Juninho Pernambucano delivered it to the penalty spot and though Ricardo Osorio stabbed the ball away from Fabio Grosso, it went only as far as Santos who fired in from the edge of the box. Benzema sealed the points late on and another victory when the teams meet again in France on 7 November will bring Lyon right back into UEFA Champions League contention. Stuttgart, however, have it all to do.

Last updated: 24/10/07 10.24CET

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Lineups

stuttgart

Stuttgart

lyon

Lyon

1
SchäferRaphael Schäfer (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
Yellow Card75
3
OsorioRicardo Osorio
6
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card30
5
TasciSerdar Tasci
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira (C)
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal79
Substitution84
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution62
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
8
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
14
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution85
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
Substitution71
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution74
13
PardoPável Pardo
20
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
18
CacauCacau
Yellow Card76
22
AndersonAnderson
19
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card42
26
Fábio SantosFábio Santos
Goal56
33
GomezMario Gomez
29
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci

Substitutes

12
LangerMichael Langer (GK)
40
RouxFrédéric Roux (GK)
2
BeckAndreas Beck
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
Substitution85
9
EwerthonEwerthon
Substitution71
5
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution84
28
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution62
Yellow Card64
7
BarošMilan Baroš
36
PerchtoldPeter Perchtold
15
PaillotSandy Paillot
38
PisotDavid Pisot
21
BelhadjNadir Belhadj
42
PischornMarco Pischorn
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution74

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Alain Perrin (FRA)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

Cosme Machado (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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