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Benzema leads Lyon onwards

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.41CET
ACF Fiorentina 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Karim Benzema made the opening goal for Jean II Makoun and scored the second himself as the French champions moved into the last 16 yet again.
by Trevor Huggins
from Stadio Artemio Franchi
Benzema leads Lyon onwards
Karim Benzema celebrates ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FiorentinaLyon

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners10
 
5
Offsides4
 
7
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.41CET

Benzema leads Lyon onwards

ACF Fiorentina 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Karim Benzema made the opening goal for Jean II Makoun and scored the second himself as the French champions moved into the last 16 yet again.

A decisive display from Karim Benzema steered Olympique Lyonnais into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, the France striker setting up one goal and scoring the other to help his side to the victory at ACF Fiorentina that ensured a top-two finish in Group F.

Early advantage
Lyon needed only a point reach the last 16 for a sixth consecutive season and began in a mode that suggested they wanted to leave no room for error. They had established a two-goal lead by the 27th minute, Benzema setting up Jean II Makoun to score from close range before drilling in the second himself. Alberto Gilardino pulled one back just before the break with a fine header but, having been unable to conjure an equaliser, the hosts are out of the qualifying race and must now turn their attention to the UEFA Cup.

Makoun strikes
It had started promisingly for Fiorentina when Zdravko Kuzmanović fired the first shot, Hugo Lloris turning his low drive round the post. Though Lyon looked uncertain at the back, they were certainly dangerous going forward and duly took the lead on the quarter-hour. Kader Keita whipped a low ball across the face of goal from the right and, though the pass evaded Benzema, the striker retrieved possession and delivered a low cut-back for Makoun to rifle in at the near post.

Benzema strikes
Kuzmanović missed a great chance to equalise when a loose ball fell kindly for him in the area, his skewed shot flying wide and, after surviving Juninho Pernambucano's 30-metre free-kick by the width of the crossbar, the Viola were soon further in arrears. Picking up the ball outside the area after Juninho had robbed Riccardo Montolivo of possession, the 20-year-old Benzema advanced before unleashing a low strike which gave Sébastien Frey no chance.

Gilardino response
To their credit, Fiorentina recovered swiftly from the double setback and pulled one back on the stroke of half-time. They had come close moments earlier, denied first by the outstretched boot of Lyon's Italian defender Fabio Grosso and then by the woodwork when Adrian Mutu's bullet header from a corner struck the upright. Gilardino, however, made no mistake, meeting Mario Alberto Santana's swirling cross with a superb header into the top corner.

Woodwork intervenes
The goal gave a feisty Fiorentina fresh hope for the start of the second half and, having survived an early scare when Juninho hit the crossbar again with another scorching free-kick from distance, the Serie A side applied plenty of pressure, Mutu slashing wide after Gilardino had chested down. The momentum was building for the hosts, who were denied again when Kuzmanović's effort struck Cris and rebounded off the post, summing up their evening.

Final fixtures
Despite vocal support Fiorentina's late pressure failed to produce the two goals they needed to stay in the competition and it was Lyon who came closest to another goal, Ederson's thunderous volley rebounding off the woodwork. Instead the Viola will travel to bottom side FC Steaua Bucureşti on Matchday 6 needing a point to secure third place and a transfer to the UEFA Cup. Lyon have loftier ambitions and play host to FC Bayern München in a fortnight knowing a draw would clinch top spot.

Last updated: 26/11/08 9.37CET

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Lineups

fiorentina

Fiorentina

lyon

Lyon

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
Yellow Card45
Substitution46
3
CrisCris
Yellow Card90+2
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho (C)
Yellow Card56
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
Yellow Card90+1
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal27
Substitution90+1
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal45
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
14
ZauriLuciano Zauri
Yellow Card75
14
GovouSidney Govou
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
15
MensahJohn Mensah
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
17
MakounJean Makoun
Goal15
24
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution55
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution80
88
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
Substitution79
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan

Substitutes

13
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
Substitution46
6
KällströmKim Källström
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
Substitution55
7
EdersonEderson
Substitution80
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution79
9
FredFred
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
27
MounierAnthony Mounier
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
36
FaureSébastien Faure
30
Sergio AlmirónSergio Almirón
39
PiquionneFrédéric Piquionne
Substitution90+1

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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