Lyon stuns Real 1-0 at home

BY foxsports • February 16, 2010

Jean II Makoun scored a stunning individual goal as Lyon beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Cameroon midfielder picked up the ball inside the Madrid half, advanced to the edge of Madrid's penalty area and hit a looping shot over the head of goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 47th minute of the first leg match.

Lyon beat Madrid for the third successive time at home in the Champions League, each time without conceding a goal, and kept Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka quiet.

"It was a very physical match, Lyon played with a lot of passion and they covered the ground well and marked us very well," Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said.

"The result is not good for us, we've conceded a goal without scoring. We will need a very disciplined performance to turn this round, but I have faith in my players."

The second leg is in three weeks at the Bernabeu stadium, with defender Marcelo and Xabi Alonso suspended after collecting yellow cards.

Neither Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nor Madrid's Casillas had a shot to save in the first half, but after Pellegrini tinkered with his lineup at halftime, Lyon soon took the lead.

Pellegrini took off Marcelo and on came Ezequiel Garay, but he backed off naively and allowed Makoun too much room and precious time to set this sights, picking his spot superbly as Casillas wandered off his line.

Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez headed just over from Miralem Pjanic's freekick and shot narrowly wide after another mix-up in the Madrid defense between Garay and Raul Albiol.

Lloris then tipped Ronaldo's curling shot just over the crossbar and foiled Gonzalo Higuain with his hand as Madrid came back at Lyon.

Pellegrini took off Higuain and brought on Karim Benzema for the last 30 minutes against his old club. Benzema got a huge roar from the crowd at Stade Gerland.

The 22-year-old Benzema was an emerging talent when Lyon dispatched Madrid 3-0 at home during the 2005-06 season and then 2-0 the following year, both times in the group stages.

Tuesday's performance was Lyon's best for quite some time. The French side managed to hold Manchester United and Barcelona to home draws in the past two years, but both clubs went on to win the competition, and Lyon hasn't reached the quarterfinals since 2006.

Lyon was crushed 5-2 in the away leg in Barcelona last year, but has a slender lead this time.

Sidney Govou had the first chance for Lyon, volleying into the side netting after meeting a cross from the left, and Ronaldo's neat flick almost played in Higuain soon after.

Lyon centre-half Jean-Alain Boumsong had to slide to clear Marcelo's dangerous cross after 20 minutes, but the first half was scrappy, with only Govou and Lopez showing any movement in the Lyon team.

Lyon coach Claude Puel picked Lopez in a lone striker's role flanked by Govou and Cesar Delgado. Brazilian winger Michel Bastos and France striker Bafetimbi Gomis started on the bench.

Delgado almost gave Lyon the lead five minutes before the break when Madrid cleared Miralem Pjanic's corner and Delgado volleyed the ball against the post from the edge of the penalty area.

Pellegrini preferred Mahamadou Diarra in central midfield against his old club, rather than Lassana Diarra, and Benzema was a substitute after shaking off a sore adductor.

Benzema scored 72 goals in 172 games for Lyon, but only got in Ronaldo's way when he came on.


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