Lyon edge rivals to reach semis

Lyon can thank goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for a dramatic late save

after he leapt across goal to punch clear Wendell’s goalbound

header three minutes from time. It meant Marouane Chamakh’s

first-half goal ultimately counted for nothing as Lyon’s first-leg

advantage held up through a tense second half. It was no less than

they deserved as, save for a spell late in the first half, they

were the more composed team on the night, and created several

chances to kill the game off. Lyon went close to getting what could

have been a killer away goal as early as the eighth minute, when

Michel Bastos sent a powerful free-kick inches wide of the top

right-hand corner of the net. The visitors were enjoying the better

of the opening stages as Bafetimbi Gomis headed just over from

Cesar Delgado’s corner. Bordeaux were struggling to get their

primary weapon, Chamakh, into the game, and instead their first

chance went to Yoann Gourcuff, who headed over when allowed to

escape his marker and meet Silva Wendell’s inswinging free-kick.

When Chamakh finally did get on the ball inside the area,

Jean-Alain Boumsong was able to block his shot before the referee

blew for a handball by the Bordeaux forward anyway. However, the

hosts were beginning to find their feet, pegging Lyon back as they

sent in several crosses to test the visitors’ defence. Wendell then

delivered another free-kick from an identical spot to his first to

create another chance for Chamakh. Boumsong’s touch dropped the

ball at his feet, but the big defender recovered to block Chamakh’s

shot on the turn. At the other end, Aly Cissokho could be grateful

to escape with a yellow for hitting out at Wendell after losing the

ball on the left wing. Cissokho was riding his luck when he brought

down Wendell again to set up a third free-kick from the right wing,

but this time the delivery did not clear the first defender. With

half-time approaching, Alou Diarra rattled the crossbar with a

superb strike from distance that left Lloris with no chance, but

still left Bordeaux lamenting their luck. But seconds later, they

were right back in the tie and inevitably it was Chamakh who got

the goal. Benoit Tremoulinas’ cross from the left was touched on by

Jaroslav Plasil and Chamakh was on hand to stab home from close

range and leave the game beautifully poised at half-time. Lyon gave

Bordeaux a wake-up call early in the second half as Gomis skipped

past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso but, having been forced wide, could

only find defender Marc Planus as he cut the ball back. Bastos then

lashed a shot wide from just outside the area as Bordeaux were slow

the to start the half once again. Lyon continued to pile on the

pressure, with Michael Ciani forced to dive and head Bastos’

goalbound shot away for a corner. Bordeaux were producing little as

an attacking force, but were perhaps unlucky not to get a penalty

when Cris clumsily bundled over Chamakh on the edge of the area.

The hosts continued to push for any sort of chance they could

create. Gourcuff’s dangerous free-kick from the left was headed

away by Mathieu Bodmer under intense pressure, and from the

resulting corner Gourcuff found Ludovic Sane free of his marker at

the far post but he headed wide from a great position. Lloris then

made the save that kept Lyon in the Champions League, stretching

out a strong left hand to claw away Wendell’s powerful header back

across goal from Mathieu Chalme’s cross with three minutes left.