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Lyon hold on to secure point in Amsterdam

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 23.30CET
AFC Ajax 0-0 Olympique Lyonnais
The Group D opener finished all square as the visitors withstood some fierce second-half pressure from the Dutch champions to earn a valuable point.

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Match statistics

AjaxLyon

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
10
Corners10
 
7
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
11
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

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Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 23.30CET

Lyon hold on to secure point in Amsterdam

AFC Ajax 0-0 Olympique Lyonnais
The Group D opener finished all square as the visitors withstood some fierce second-half pressure from the Dutch champions to earn a valuable point.

Olympique Lyonnais left Amsterdam with a valuable point after holding AFC Ajax to a goalless draw in the opening match of UEFA Champions League Group D.

Ajax initially gained the upper hand, pinning Lyon back, but the visitors soon recovered and offered the greatest threat. Both Bafétimbi Gomis and Michel Bastos could have scored twice but missed the target each time. Miralem Sulejmani had the clearest opportunity of the opening 45 minutes, heading wide when in plenty of space, but visiting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had a busier second half, making a fine save to palm out Christian Eriksen’s drive as Frank de Boer's side failed to force the breakthrough.

The Dutch champions almost went ahead after only six minutes, Derk Boerrigter's header from a Theo Janssen corner hitting the side netting. Soon after Bakary Koné's acrobatic effort went just past the post at the other end after Kim Källström's free-kick was only half-cleared.

Gomis could have opened the scoring minutes later, his attempt from Bastos' cross hitting the turf and bouncing over, and the frustration of the Lyon No18 was evident when his next effort, again after being set up by the Brazilian, skidded wide. The lively Bastos, having switched from the left to right flank, then fashioned two openings for himself in quick succession but missed the target on both occasions.

However the best chance of the half came at the other end. Kolbeinn Sigthórsson's excellent cross from the left found Sulejmani unmarked in the box, only for the Serbian's diving header to narrowly miss the post. It was Bastos again who came close after the restart, but this time Kenneth Vermeer's outstretched shin deflected his shot behind. As the half wore on Ajax managed to take the game to the Ligue 1 side, Eriksen's clever promptings allowing the Amsterdam side to periodically breach the Lyon back line.

Jan Vertonghen might have done better than shoot straight at Hugo Lloris on the hour, and the French international goalkeeper then made an outstanding one-handed save to deny Eriksen. Ten minutes later he foiled Sulejmani in a one-on-one. Next up was substitute Vurnon Anita, who drilled over the bar from just outside the penalty area.

Yet it was Lyon who finished stronger, Clément Grenier curling his shot within a whisker of the top corner and Vermeer bravely diving at Bastos' feet after he had wriggled through. Ajax now face the daunting prospect of a trip to Real Madrid CF on 27 September, when Lyon take on GNK Dynamo Zagreb in France.

Last updated: 22/11/13 9.07CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

lyon

Lyon

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
1
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
Yellow Card66
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
6
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card55
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution85
7
GrenierClément Grenier
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
11
BastosMichel Bastos
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Substitution81
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère (C)
10
S. de JongSiem de Jong
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Yellow Card75
Substitution85
15
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
19
BriandJimmy Briand
16
JanssenTheo Janssen
Substitution70
20
CissokhoAly Cissokho
21
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
Substitution90

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
30
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution70
14
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
6
EnohEyong Enoh
15
FofanaGueïda Fofana
Substitution90
11
EbecilioLorenzo Ebecilio
Substitution85
17
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
24
PiedJérémy Pied
17
BlindDaley Blind
26
MensahJohn Mensah
19
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Substitution81
39
BelfodilIshak Belfodil
Substitution85

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Rémi Garde (FRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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