Tonight's Champions League: the live
blogging experiment continued
, updating every few minutes. I'll be updating the scores for Chelsea, Liverpool, AC Milan and FC Porto.
92 mins (full time): Coupet saves in injury time, otherwise, nothing else. Real Madrid have been solidly beaten by a better, more organized, more motivated Olympique Lyon. Lyon certainly deserves the three points, Houllier credit for good tactics and substitutions, and Juninho, clearly man of the match. Lyon win 3-0.
89 mins: 2 added time. Madrid make a few last ditch attempts to salvage a goal but it’s Fred who goes just wide of the back post from a nice ball threaded thru. Madrid try again but are stuck switching play. Real lose the ball and Beckham gets a yellow card for obstruction.
86 mins: Tiago is substituted for Beniot Pedretti.
85 mins: Lyon are again starting to attack more. Robinho, average all night again loses the ball as Lyon seem to have weathered the best Madrid had to offer during the last 20 min spell.
81 mins: Tiago shoots well over the bar. Sylvain Wiltord gives way to Sydney Govou. Houllier’s tactics have been spot on. As soon as Fred came on the team responded with more possession.
78 mins: Madrid cross, Chris was brave to head away. Coupet covers the ball. Lyon give possession away again and Madrid continue to pass well but with no effect.
75 mins: Carlos shoots again out wide. Fred wants to get involved right away but loses possession. Lyon get a corner, and another, and yet another. Real finally clear.
71 mins: Carew gives way to Fred. The Brazilian gets his Champions League debut.
69 mins: Madrid continues to dominate play. Robinho wastes a decent opportunity. More and more balls out wide but no crosses, where is Figo when you need him?
66 mins: Malouda almost scores by himself from midfield. Coupet again does well, bravely leaving the box to clean up a dangerous cross. The pace of the game has turned down a few notches.
63 mins: Guti is coming on to the pitch. Gravesen coming off? Why? He’s done ok. And Juninho shoots again from distance. Casillas saves, then throws the ball away.
60 mins: Lyon has a quick midfield. All Madrid can muster is switch of play, switch of play, long ball into the box. The area in front of the box has been off limits to Real. Raul takes a nice ball from Baptista and shoots, saved well from Coupet.
58 mins: Madrid are moving the football at will. A bad pass is all the seems to stop them. If I were Lyon I would substitute early, get someone new on the field hungrier to attack.
56 mins: Roberto Carlos shoots again, this time wide, deflection, corner and Madrid continue to build rhythm. Offside ends a long spell of possession.
53 mins: Real are again putting pressure on Lyon. I think they have to attack more, soaking up the pressure doesn’t suit their style.
51 mins: Roberto Carlos forces Coupet to save from a rocket shot from distance. Madrid have all the work to do and Lyon is sitting back. Lyon give up a bad foul and a yellow for Diarra. Right outside the box, Beckham’s best chance, and its blocked.
46 mins: Second half starts with a few midfield exchanges. Real Madrid draw first with a good shot from Baptista.
45 mins (half): 0 mins added time. Madrid
have totally been out played. Lyon
are attacking with flair and purpose and Real Madrid
have a lot of questions to answer. Be back in about 15 mins.
42 mins: Juninho's
penalty shot is saved.
41 mins: Juninho fails to score. Madrid
are trapped in their own half. And a PENALTY
, and certainly was. Guess who was foulded? Juninho
40 mins: Carew
has seen the ball over 20 times already in the match. He’s being fed brilliantly. Lyon
are in complete control and worth of their huge lead. Lyon
again do just enough in the box. Oh, and Pablo Garcia
makes another bad foul and it’s another yellow. Could it be 4?
36 mins: Madrid
has been terrible from set plays. Raul
a nobody, and Lyon
has done just enough to protect their own box. A Madrid
corner stays alive until a deflection forces Coupet
to save well.32 mins: Can you believe this? Another goal? Wiltord! Lyon are up 3-0. It’s becoming a blowout. Lyon are doing whatever they want and almost shooting at will. Lyon 3-0.
up 2-0, Chelsea
. and both Milans
are up 1-0.
29 mins: And Lyon
continue to pressure Madrid
, suddenly now at will. Madrid
are totally rattled, smartly they have started to pass the ball around the back a bit but another cross into the box goes nowhere. And again Lyon
run by Madrid
at will. Robinho
tries to counter but runs out of talent in open field. Again Lyon
breaks into a counter but it breaks down.25 mins: Juninho scores a GOAL. The fouling, the fouling, the fouling, Madrid has paid dearly for their bad fouls, From 30 yards Juninho BLASTS the ball into the goal. What a goal, what a poetic answer to all the fouling. Lyon 2-0.
23 mins: The fouling is terrible. Juninho
, although, looks great.
22 mins: Berthod
gets yellow card for bad foul on Beckham
, but you can tell already, Madrid
are shaken, but in response its Baptista
off the post and Raul's deflection is saved by Coupet
. Great moment.21 mins: Juninho sees the his first chance at a free kick blocked but referee says hand ball, Michel Salgado, yellow card. And, what’s this, Juninho gets a new free kick and shoots, Carew deflects the ball, and it’s in, it’s a GOAL, Lyon, 1-0.
18 mins: Bad clearance gives Madrid
an opening. Robinho
moves the ball right, with no reward. Roberto Carlos
has a good shot saved.
16 mins: Neither team can establish a rhythm. The midfield looks drowned in tactics. Robinho
tries some trickery but Reveillere
defends well. Another obstruction foul. Tiago’s
nice wide pass goes unrewarded. Lyon
isn’t using its back 4 on offense. They are impatient. While Madrid
is more able to maintain possession, they are dilly-dallying.
11 mins: Baptista
is well defended off the ball. Lyon
have picked up the pace and started to create a few openings. And another foul. Quick restart, Madrid
is passing well until Beckham
loses the ball. And another foul. Time to show a yellow and stop the bad play.
8 mins: Yet another foul. Bechham
yields to Roberto Carlos
and he also goes very close.
7 mins: 3 Brazilians
on the field for each team but none as yet had made any impact. A rather foul laden opening phase. Lyon
has started to establish a few passes but, well, again they lose possession.
3 mins: Beckham
throw in starts a nice set of Madrid
passes. Very dubious foul on Robinho
in a dangerous area. Bad call 100%.
4 mins: Looks like Beckham
will take the kick, Lyon
look nervous. This is taking a very long time. OOoooo, centimeters away!
1 min: underway. Unfortunately new man Fred
wont start, maybe we'll see him later. Play is cautious to start. Just when I say that Carew
breaks thru and forces a corner. Foul on Robinho
have a tough challenge, Lyon
are in excellent form. With Brazilian top scorer Fred
(who scored 2 goals in his French
league debut) in action for his new club
. I'm expecting a great match. Let's see. Will start shortly....Real Madrid