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Bayern hold on to edge past Lyon

Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.57CET
Olympique Lyonnais 2-3 FC Bayern München
Having been 3-0 up, Bayern withstood a barrage of second-half pressure
to hold on for the victory which enabled them to claim top spot from Lyon.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade de Gerland
Bayern hold on to edge past Lyon
Miroslav Klose scored twice for Bayern ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LyonBayern

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target13
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners9
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.57CET

Bayern hold on to edge past Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais 2-3 FC Bayern München
Having been 3-0 up, Bayern withstood a barrage of second-half pressure
to hold on for the victory which enabled them to claim top spot from Lyon.

FC Bayern München withstood a barrage of second-half pressure from Olympique Lyonnais to seal an outstanding 3-2 win on French soil and clinch first place in UEFA Champions League Group F.

Rensing saves
Two first-half goals from Miroslav Klose and another from Franck Ribéry – exceptional on his return to France – had the German champions firmly in the ascendancy at half-time, yet Lyon came back strongly in the second period. Sidney Govou and Karim Benzema both struck to herald a tantalising finale, only for a string of superb saves from goalkeeper Michael Rensing to keep the hosts at bay. The defeat means the French double winners must settle for second spot for the third successive year, while unbeaten Bayern took their impressive tally of points to 14.

Positive approach
Lyon were missing a raft of players through injury and suspension, although the fit-again Benzema quickly gave the fans cause for optimism, angling a perfect cross through for Ederson whose header was saved by Rensing on two minutes. A goalless draw would have kept the Ligue 1 champions top, yet there was no suggestion of negative tactics as Claude Puel's men laid siege to the Bayern goal. Ederson went close again moments later, this time skimming a shot narrowly wide.

Clinical Klose
The in-form visitors had barely threatened when Klose capitalised on their first chance in the eleventh minute. Jean II Makoun appeared to have averted the danger when he robbed Mark van Bommel but Jérémy Toulalan, under pressure from Ribéry, lost possession, allowing the German international to sidefoot high into the net. While Lyon responded instantly, with Benzema shooting into the side-netting after Anthony Mounier's cut-back, the goal had clearly shaken them.

Influential Ribéry
With Ribéry increasingly influential, Lyon's inexperienced full-back Lamine Gassama looked in difficulty. The Bayern No7 had already laid on a clear opportunity for Tim Borowski, who fired over, when he doubled the lead on 34 minutes. Luca Toni's reverse pass caught Gassama out, enabling the French international to burst free and slide a shot beyond Hugo Lloris. Again Puel's team kept their heads up, with the luckless Ederson shooting against the post, but they remained uncertain at the back and leaked a third goal on 37 minutes. After exchanging passes with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ribéry crossed invitingly to the far post for Klose to steer home.

Bayern rocking
The Ligue 1 outfit came out for the second period revitalised and reduced the arrears seven minutes in, Govou stroking home after Ederson's fierce drive had been parried by Rensing. Jürgen Klinsmann's joint Bundesliga leaders were suddenly rocking and after Govou had nodded Ederson's corner against an upright, Rensing produced another miraculous stop to prevent John Mensah scoring from the rebound.

Thrilling climax
The second home goal was not long in coming, though. After being played through inadvertently by Van Bommel, Benzema rounded Rensing and rifled in on 68 minutes to set up a thrilling climax. Puel sent on Fred, Kim Källström and César Delgado, but none of the substitutes could find a way through a resilient Bayern back line. Fred came closest, yet his downward header was kept out by the brilliant Rensing.

Last updated: 11/12/08 13.37CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

bayern

Bayern

1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
7
EdersonEderson
Substitution77
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
10
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal68
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Goal34
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Yellow Card6
9
ToniLuca Toni
14
GovouSidney Govou (C)
Goal52
17
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
Yellow Card79
15
MensahJohn Mensah
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal11
Goal37
Substitution68
17
MakounJean Makoun
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Yellow Card84
27
MounierAnthony Mounier
Substitution64
23
OddoMassimo Oddo
Substitution90+3
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Yellow Card22
32
GassamaLamine Gassama
Yellow Card61
Substitution64
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution89

Substitutes

30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
6
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution64
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution89
9
FredFred
Substitution64
16
OttlAndreas Ottl
Substitution68
Yellow Card86
19
DelgadoCésar Delgado
Substitution77
20
SosaJosé Sosa
23
KeïtaKader Keïta
32
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
26
Fábio SantosFábio Santos
33
BrenoBreno
Substitution90+3
36
FaureSébastien Faure
39
KroosToni Kroos

Coach

Claude Puel (FRA) Jürgen Klinsmann (GER)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Tanner (ENG)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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