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Robben tips balance Bayern's way

Published: Wednesday 21 April 2010, 22.30CET
FC Bayern München 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais
Arjen Robben's goal proved the difference after Franck Ribéry and Jérémy Toulalan had been sent off.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernLyon

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
2
Corners9
 
3
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 21 April 2010, 22.30CET

Robben tips balance Bayern's way

FC Bayern München 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais
Arjen Robben's goal proved the difference after Franck Ribéry and Jérémy Toulalan had been sent off.

Arjen Robben was the decisive figure again as FC Bayern München earned the slenderest of leads to take to Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Bayern were in charge from the first whistle, although the balance of the tie looked to have shifted when Franck Ribéry was sent off shortly before half-time. Lyon's numerical advantage was short-lived, however, as Jérémy Toulalan collected two yellow cards early in second period, and the Bundesliga leaders' reward for a dominant display finally arrived as the game moved into its final quarter. Robben – who scored winning goals against ACF Fiorentina and Manchester United FC in previous rounds – fired in from outside the penalty area.

Inspired by a wonderfully choreographed display from their fans it was Bayern who set the early pace, enjoying the majority of the possession as Lyon sat back. The first chances duly went the home side's way, the unmarked Daniel Van Buyten blazing a wayward volley into the Munich sky before Bastian Schweinsteiger headed Robben's corner wide after Hugo Lloris had missed his punch.

Thomas Müller twice failed to find the target after impressive creative work from Ribéry and Robben, while Ivica Olić sliced wide from the left side of the penalty area. Lyon did their best to alleviate the pressure with a string of balls into the Bayern box, though they were limited to set pieces and a deflected long-range drive from Ederson.

Bayern's momentum was further checked eight minutes before half-time when Ribéry was shown a straight red card after catching Lisandro high as the ball ran away from him. The visitors promptly enjoyed their first spell of sustained possession and Kim Kallström's powerful long-range effort drew a fine stop from Hans-Jörg Butt on the stroke of half-time.

The interval gave the home team the chance to regroup, however, and they were again fastest out of the blocks after the restart. Danijel Pranjić, standing in for the suspended Mark van Bommel but himself now banned for next Tuesday's second leg after a first-half booking, forced Lloris into the half's first save with a dipping left-foot volley. Schweinsteiger sent a powerful header wide and Müller missed another glorious opportunity, failing to convert Philipp Lahm's low cross.

Bayern's hopes were raised yet further in the 54th minute when it became ten against ten, Toulalan collecting his second yellow card in quick succession. With the teams again level numerically Bayern regained control, Robben and the energetic Schweinsteiger both firing narrowly wide.

It seemed a frustrating night had been assured when unmarked substitute Mario Gómez nodded tamely into the arms of the grateful Lloris, but the moment the home faithful had been longing for finally arrived in the 69th minute, Robben's thumping 25-metre strike wrong-footing Lloris after glancing off Müller's head.

Claude Puel's visitors mustered only a late Sidney Govou effort that flashed wide by way of response, and had goalkeeper Lloris to thank for keeping their deficit at one goal when he superbly denied Robben late on. Lyon still have work to do at the Stade de Gerland.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.16CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

lyon

Lyon

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
3
CrisCris (C)
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
6
KällströmKim Källström
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Red Card37
8
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution56
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal69
Substitution85
9
LisandroLisandro
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution46
10
EdersonEderson
Substitution70
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Yellow Card27
Substitution63
19
DelgadoCésar Delgado
Substitution79
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
20
CissokhoAly Cissokho
26
ContentoDiego Contento
28
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
Yellow Card51
Red Card54
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
41
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons

Substitutes

1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
8
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
Substitution85
7
BastosMichel Bastos
Substitution70
Yellow Card79
13
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
14
GovouSidney Govou
Substitution79
18
KloseMiroslav Klose
17
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution56
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution63
23
AndersonAnderson
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
Substitution46
32
GassamaLamine Gassama

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Claude Puel (FRA)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Paolo Calcagno (ITA), Stefano Ayroldi (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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