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Stade de Gerland (ATT 40,000) 24th February 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: W Stark

Lyon Lyon vs Barcelona Barcelona

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Henry gives Barca advantage

Favourites turn match around after poor first-half

Last Updated: 24/02/09 10:35pm

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Henry: Crucial goal

Henry: Crucial goal

Barcelona came from behind to take an away-goal advantage from the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League clash with Lyon.

Man of the Match: Karim Benzema. The 21-year-old was at the heart of everything created by Lyon. Moment of the Match: Juninho floated in a free-kick that looked to be going high, wide and handsome. But it took a vicious dip and flew into Victor Valdes' goal to send the French champions into a shock lead. Save of the Match: Hugo Lloris kept his team in the lead at the start of the second-half with some fine reflexes after a deflected free-kick from Daniel Alves. Talking Point: Lyon central defender Cris wrapped his hands around Lionel Messi's face as the Argentinean was dribbling down the wing but was only punished with a yellow card.

The home side had the better of the game in the first-half and the Catalans were fortunate not to head into the break more than one goal down after Juninho had opened the scoring.

However, the tournament favourites turned the match around after half-time and Thierry Henry's goal ensured Barca are in command heading back to the Nou Camp.

Lyon took the lead less than 10 minutes in as Juninho floated in a free-kick from wide on the left.

It started out looking like a cross but eventually curled towards goal and dipped in over Victor Valdes, whose positioning was questionable.

Chances

Lyon had a chance to add to their lead immediately after the restart when Karim Benzema found himself one-on-one with Valdes but scuffed his shot.

Samuel Eto'o should have levelled on 14 minutes when he found himself alone in the box, but his right-foot poke cannoned back off the post and just eluded Henry on the rebound.

Benzema almost made it 2-0 when he struck a beautiful shot from the edge of the box that hit the upright and ricocheted to safety.

The French international then had the chance to play in either Jean Makoun or Abdulkader Keita, who each would have had a glorious chance, but he opted to go it alone and his attempt was easily blocked.

Barcelona had a sustained spell of pressure as half-time approached but did not look like troubling Hugo Lloris in the Lyon goal.

Pep Guardiola's side made better use of possession after the break. They almost equalised when a free-kick from Daniel Alves took a wicked deflection off Fabio Grosso and only Lloris' fine reflexes stopped it from hitting the back of the net.

The scores were levelled on 67 minutes when a Xavi corner was nodded across goal by Rafael Marquez towards Henry at the back post, who steered a low header into the goal from point blank range.

Benzema once again created a chance late in the game but no Lyon player was attacking his cross at the far post.

LyonTeam StatisticsBarcelona
1Goals1
11st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target3
7Shots off Target7
3Blocked Shots2
4Corners8
19Fouls16
6Offsides2
3Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
70.2Passing Success84.2
26Tackles19
73.1Tackles Success73.7
32.8Possession67.2
47.1Territorial Advantage52.9

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