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Last-gasp Tévez thwarts Lyon

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.45CET
Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 Manchester United FC
Carlos Tévez's 87th-minute equaliser cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener to give the visitors the edge.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade de Gerland

Match statistics

LyonMan. United

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners4
 
9
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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1-0
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Liverpool
2-0
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Roma
2-1
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20 February 2008

Celtic
2-3
Barcelona
Lyon
1-1
Man. United
Arsenal
0-0
Milan
Fenerbahçe
3-2
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Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.45CET

Last-gasp Tévez thwarts Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 Manchester United FC
Carlos Tévez's 87th-minute equaliser cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener to give the visitors the edge.

Carlos Tévez's late equaliser raised Manchester United FC's hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as Sir Alex Ferguson's team secured a draw at Olympique Lyonnais, who had looked set for a first success against English opposition in 40 years when Karim Benzema scored on 54 minutes.

Milestones for veterans
On a night when two veterans reached significant milestones, it was two younger players who stole the headlines with their goalscoring prowess. Ryan Giggs struggled to inspire United on his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance, and when the visitors did succeed in breaking through Lyon's determined defence, they were invariably denied by a commanding Grégory Coupet, playing his 500th match for the club. United never gave up, however, and will be confident of progressing at Old Trafford in a fortnight, when Lyon will be without the suspended Anthony Réveillère.

Lyon threat
United issued an early warning when Cristiano Ronaldo's shot deflected wide off Jean-Alain Boumsong, yet it was Lyon who settled first. Only a last-ditch challenge from Rio Ferdinand prevented Sidney Govou from latching on to Fabio Grosso's low cross, while Benzema narrowly failed to make clean contact with Juninho Pernambucano's corner. With seven home goals conceded in the group stage, Lyon's defensive frailty was a cause for concern and Alain Perrin's decision to deploy right-back François Clerc in midfield hinted at a cautious approach. The tactic appeared to working, though, as Govou linked effectively with Grosso on the left while Clerc made several threatening bursts down the opposite flank. With Lyon firmly in the ascendancy, Ferdinand almost sliced into his own net, then Benzema rifled narrowly over after another pull-back from Clerc.

Rooney denied
The English champions carved the clearest opening on 24 minutes, however. Wayne Rooney collected Ronaldo's pinpoint through ball and evaded Sébastien Squillaci's challenge to race clear only for Coupet to stop his shot with his leg. Next, Paul Scholes was frustrated by Boumsong's timely intervention after being released by Giggs and, with Ronaldo increasingly influential, the away team finished the half in menacing fashion. The Portuguese winger forced Coupet into a two-fisted save from his curling free-kick, then glanced a header wide from the resulting corner.

Benzema breakthrough
Half-time arrived at the right time for the French title-holders, offering them an opportunity to regroup and return with fresh ideas in the second period. One of those ideas may have been to shoot on sight, which is exactly what Benzema did nine minutes in. After receiving Jérémy Toulalan's pass, the France striker turned brilliantly to his left before unleashing a fizzing low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. It was the 20-year-old's fourth European goal this term and his 26th in all competitions.

Tévez delight
Sir Alex reacted by sending on Nani and Tévez, and the two-time European champions immediately played with more urgency. Both sides came close from set-pieces late on, Juninho's long-range effort sliding wide before Ronaldo was kept out by Coupet. Seconds later, however, there was nothing the goalkeeper could do when Tévez rifled in from close range after Fred had inadvertently directed Nani's right-wing cross into his path. It tipped the balance of the tie back towards United.

Last updated: 21/02/08 10.15CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

man. united

Man. United

1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
Substitution78
3
EvraPatrice Evra
6
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card36
4
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Yellow Card39
Substitution78
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
Substitution74
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal54
Substitution83
6
BrownWes Brown
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
14
GovouSidney Govou
8
AndersonAnderson
20
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
Yellow Card34
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)
Substitution65
29
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
32
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
Yellow Card39
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Substitution65

Substitutes

30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
3
CrisCris
9
SahaLouis Saha
5
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
Substitution74
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution78
9
FredFred
Substitution83
17
NaniNani
Substitution65
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution78
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
19
DelgadoCésar Delgado
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution65
Goal87

Coach

Alain Perrin (FRA) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)

Fourth official

César Muñiz (ESP)

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