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Ronaldo strike sees off Lyon

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.56CET
Manchester Utd 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 2-1) Cristiano Ronaldo's strike took the English champions through at the expense of their French counterparts.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

Match statistics

Man. UnitedLyon

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

4 March 2008

Milan
0-2
Arsenal
Sevilla
3-2
(2-3p)
Fenerbahçe
Barcelona
1-0
Celtic
Man. United
1-0
Lyon

5 March 2008

Real Madrid
1-2
Roma
Chelsea
3-0
Olympiacos
Porto
1-0
(1-4p)
Schalke

11 March 2008

Internazionale
0-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.56CET

Ronaldo strike sees off Lyon

Manchester Utd 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 2-1) Cristiano Ronaldo's strike took the English champions through at the expense of their French counterparts.

It is next stop the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for Manchester United FC after Cristiano Ronaldo's 41st-minute goal secured a 1-0 victory against Olympique Lyonnais and a 2-1 aggregate triumph. Ronaldo's 30th strike of the season proved enough for Sir Alex Ferguson's team but it was not all plain sailing against a Lyon side who ensured some nervy moments in the second half, notably when substitute Kader Keita struck a post.

Attacking impetus
A scoreless draw would have been sufficient for United yet the English champions know only one way to play and soon had Lyon on the back foot. The lively Anderson, given licence to roam ahead of Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher in midfield, released Ronaldo down the right with a superb early crossfield ball and very nearly got on the end of the return pass. Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet had told United's Patrice Evra that the French title-holders were only too conscious of the fate AS Roma suffered here when trying to play United at their own game last term; hence Alain Perrin's men were happy to sit back and bide their time.

Lyon under pressure
They lived dangerously when Ronaldo nearly connected with Nani's corner, then it took a fine tackle from Jérémy Toulalan to halt Anderon's surge into the box. At the other end Benzema found the space to drive over from 20 metres, but it was not until the half-hour that Lyon's attackers advanced in numbers. Benzema instigated the move by holding the ball up, despite the attention of three United defenders, allowing black shirts to stream forward. Although Juninho Pernambucano's ball into the area was cleared, Lyon came again and Kim Källstrom tested Edwin van der Sar from outside the box.

Ronaldo breakthrough
However, it was Ronaldo who made the breakthrough four minutes from half-time when Nani and Wes Brown combined down the right and the latter's cross was deflected by Fabio Grosso to Anderson. The Brazilian's low shot fell conveniently at the feet of Ronaldo in front of goal and, although François Clerc tried to clear, Ronaldo's reactions were quicker as he turned the ball inside Coupet's near post for his sixth goal in this season's competition.

Keita chance
Lyon had no option but to attack in the second period and some sloppy play by United afforded Hatem Ben Arfa – who later fooled Fletcher with a delightful dragback – an early sight of goal but he shot over. While committing more men forward, they struggled to pick holes in the home defence, however. Källstrom sent a speculative effort wide and Clerc and Benzema failed to contrive an opportunity after a dangerous-looking foray down the right. Eventually a chance did come, Keita collecting the ball from the increasingly dangerous Benzema and driving it low past Van der Sar, only to see it rebound off the near post.

Home help
With space opening up at the other end, Lyon were susceptible to counterattacks and United missed chances to kill the visitors off. Coupet did well to foil Rooney after the striker had latched on to a misplaced pass; Rooney then stabbed wide after combining with substitute Carlos Tévez. As it was, one goal was enough to ensure United progressed into the draw on 14 March and, in the process, equalled Juventus's record of ten successive home wins in the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 27/03/08 14.55CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

lyon

Lyon

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card4
2
ClercFrançois Clerc
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
3
CrisCris
6
BrownWes Brown
6
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution79
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal41
Substitution90+2
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
8
AndersonAnderson
Substitution70
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Yellow Card23
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
14
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution68
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
18
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
17
NaniNani
Yellow Card43
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Yellow Card73
29
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
4
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Substitution90+2
5
BodmerMathieu Bodmer
9
SahaLouis Saha
9
FredFred
Substitution79
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
19
DelgadoCésar Delgado
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution68
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
27
MounierAnthony Mounier
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution70
32
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Alain Perrin (FRA)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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