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Municipal De Gerland (ATT 35,000) 14th February 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Tagliavento

Lyon Lyon vs Apoel Nicosia Apoel Nicosia

Lyon 1

A Lacazette (58)


Apoel Nicosia 0

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Last Updated at 9:38 pm, February 14th 2012

  1. Full-time: It's all over in Lyon. The French side will take a one goal lead out to Cyprus after a one-sided affair. You sense APOEL will take that and hope to upset the odds in the return leg.

  2. 90+2

    Manduca wins the corner. APOEL finishing strongly.

  3. 90+1

    Manduca with a nice lofted pass into the area but Cris intercepts the ball.

  4. 90

    Briand is down claiming a foul by Morais but the referee waves play on.

  5. 89

    Marcinho booked for a cynical foul to prevent the break.

  6. 88

    First shot of the game from APOEL. Manduca cuts in from the right and Lloris is forced to tip the ball over the bar. Corner to APOEL but it comes to nothing.

  7. 86

    Foul on Bastos now as APOEL continue to defend doggedly.

  8. 85

    Long ball to Briand nearly sees Lyon get through but Chiotis is off his line well.

  9. 83

    Gourcuff slides the ball into the path off Briand but Kaka slides in to clear for a corner just as the Lyon man is about to pull the trigger.

  10. 82

    Nice one-two from Gourcuff but he is just over-stretching when trying to claim the return pass and the move breaks down.

  11. 82

    Manduca on for Charalambides.

  12. 81

    Lisandro fouled on the halfway line after holding the ball up well.

  13. 80

    Good skill from Marcinho on the edge of the Lyon area but his pass to Morais is not good and the midfielder is forced to commit the foul.

  14. 79

    Cissokho inside the box but his run is blocked and APOEL bring the ball out again.

  15. 77

    Bastos cuts back onto his left and swings in a dangerous cross that Gourcuff just needs to glance towards goal. But the subsititute gets too much on it and it flies wide.

  16. 75

    Bastos fouled in the right-back position and is down.

  17. 74

    Keep-ball from Lyon now but APOEL continuing to defend well.

  18. 72

    Sousa is also going off with Marcinho coming on.

  19. 71

    Ederson is coming off to be replaced by Gourcuff.

  20. 70

    Sousa then overhits the subsequent free-kick.

  21. 70

    Sousa frustrated after a strong challenge from Gonalons.

  22. 69

    Will both teams be happy with this result? Lyon passing the ball around at the back now.

  23. 67

    Solari replaces Ailton.

  24. 67

    All of a sudden Briand's cross is threatening but the headed effort goes wide.

  25. 66

    Chiotis pumps the kick long but Ailton cannot collect. APOEL back into their routine now and Lyon struggling to get in behind.

  26. 64

    Stoppage at the moment as we wait for Reveillere to take the throw.

  27. 62

    Bastos storms down the right and wins a corner but Chiotis punches the ball clear.

  28. 60

    Briand is on for Lacazette.

  29. 60

    No signs of a change in strategy from the visitors but the crowd noise has increased and Lyon look determined to search for more goals.

  30. 59

    Just when the reverse wingers has worked for Garde, the flaw in the plan is revealed as Bastos, clean through, attempts to engineer the ball onto his left foot when it was easier to hit it with his right and the ball skews into the side-netting.

  31. The ball deflected off Jorge and loops over the keeper. Remi Garde switching his wingers has paid off.

  32. 57

    Goal! Deflected effort from Lacazette cutting in from the left eludes Chiotis.

  33. 56

    Brilliant play from Sousa in midfield but Cris just manages cut out the pass to Ailton.

  34. 55

    Kallstrom with the shot from just inside the box but it flies wide of the near post.

  35. 53

    Bastos - playing on the right flank in this second half - tries to thread in Reveillere on the overlap but the pass is just too strong.

  36. 53

    Ederson thinks he's been fouled but the dramatic dive may have prevented him from getting the decision.

  37. 52

    Pinto catches Lisandro and that's a booking.

  38. 51

    Lisandro attempts a through-ball but it is intercepted at APOEL break. Good possession for the visitors now.

  39. 49

    Terrific ball from Sousa from the free-kick but nobody can get a touch and it is safely through to Lloris.

  40. 48

    The corner is cleared and APOEL survive again.

  41. 47

    Ailton wins the flick-on but he's on his own up there. The ball breaks to Bastos and he plays a wonderful ball with the outside of his foot to put Ederson through on goal. He rounds Chiotis but Jorge's desperate lunge intercepts the ball as it rolls towards the empty net.

  42. 46

    Back underway in Lyon as the home side kick-off.

  43. Not sure what else Lyon can do here other than keep knocking on the door and hope the gaps will appear as the visitors tire.

  44. Half-time: The referee blows up with APOEL about to take a free-kick. The away side are not happy about that but they'll be delighted with how that 45 minutes has gone. Lyon look threatening but have yet to find a way through.

  45. 45+1

    Good work from Pinto wins APOEL a corner.

  46. 45

    Ambitious effort from Ederson. At least 30 yards out and it is a long way over the bar.

  47. 44

    Brighter play from APOEL but Ailton is struggling to hold the ball up.

  48. 43

    Lisandro inside the box but fires a shot over the bar. He was closed down well yet again.

  49. 41

    Corner comes in from Lyon and the keeper is off his line grasping for the ball but misses. The ball is cleared, however.

  50. 40

    Fierce effort from Lacazatte from the right but Chiotis is equal to it.

  51. 39

    Ederson gets his cross all wrong and the ball is out for a goal-kick.

  52. 39

    Cissokho's whipped cross is cut out at the near post.

  53. 38

    Kone cuts out the pass to Ailton. He was nearly in again.

  54. 37

    APOEL getting their foot on the ball well. Sousa is fouled by Gonalons.

  55. 35

    Kallstrom cross from a deadball situation is too strong and goes out for a goal-kick.

  56. 34

    Stoppage after a foul on Ederson.

  57. 33

    Ailton manages to get a one-on-one with the last defender inside the box but cannot quite get away from his marker. That's the danger for the home side - they need to keep the back door shut.

  58. 32

    Shots continue to come from Lyon. Bastos this time with the volleyed effort wide.

  59. 31

    Lacazette cuts in on his left foot and seems poised to score but fires over when given time to shoot.

  60. 30

    Snap shot from Lisandro on his left foot is heading for the corner but is anticipated well by Chiotis.

  61. 29

    Better from APOEL. Taking the sting out of the game briefly with some neat passing.

  62. 28

    Ederson drags a shot well wide from a good position.

  63. 27

    Charalambides has a chance to cross from the right as the visitors break but the effort is blocked.

  64. 26

    The corner comes to nothing and APOEL are really up against it here. Plenty of last-ditch defending going on. Courageous stuff.

  65. 25

    Another penalty shout for a shove in the box on Lisandro but he went down easily and Bastos' subsequent effort is tipped over the bar.

  66. 24

    Lacazette is down but that looked a fair challenge, if a little strong. The crowd aren't enjoying the heavy tackling from the Cypriot side.

  67. 23

    Jorge's clearance is intercepted by Lisandro but the forward is called for handball. His hands were raised.

  68. 22

    First bit of danger at the other end as APOEL nearly get a shot away but there is an offside flag.

  69. 21

    Sensational turn from Ederson but then he delays the pass to Lacazette too long and his team-mate is offside.

  70. 20

    Cris attempts a long ball to Bastos but the ball is cut out. APOEL have closed down the Brazilian winger much better after those difficult first few moments.

  71. 18

    Dangerous cut back from Ederson on the left but it's just behind Lisandro.

  72. 18

    Sousa is fouled by Kallstrom on the halfway line.

  73. 16

    Reveillere charges forward from right-back but that's a wonderful tackle from Kaka.

  74. 16

    Lacazette has looked bright early on but he can't control the long pass this time and it's out for a throw.

  75. 15

    Shot from Ederson in the right channel after good work by Lacazette but Chiotis holds onto the ball well.

  76. 13

    Offside flag against Ailton. The service to the Brazilian has not been great.

  77. 12

    Brilliant skill from Ederson to wriggle free of three markers but Lisandro then misplaces his pass when running at the defence.

  78. 11

    Lyon stroking the ball across the back, keeping possession. APOEL happy to back off.

  79. 10

    Delay as Sousa is down injured.

  80. 9

    Kallstrom's deadball effort is poorly struck and hits the wall.

  81. 8

    Excellent one-two on the edge of the box and Lisandro is fouled. Chance for Lyon to get a shot on target here.

  82. 7

    Decent ball aimed at Ailton and it bounces awkwardly but Cris does well to head back to Lloris.

  83. 6

    Foul by Cris on Charalambides gives the visitors the chance to slow things down a little.

  84. 5

    Lacazette is fouled on the halfway line. Free-kick to Lyon.

  85. 4

    All Lyon in the early stages and the Cypriots may have to ride out a storm here. Another great cross from Bastos - four already - but it is cleared.

  86. 3

    Another cross from the dangerous Bastos is cut out and the winger has earned a corner. The ball is swung in but comes to nothing.

  87. 2

    Lyon get hold of the ball and Bastos' cross is just intercepted. Claims for a penalty are turned down but it looked as though Ederson was shoved there.

  88. 1

    Early attack from the visitors but the through-ball runs out of play for a goal-kick to Lyon.

  89. 1

    APOEL kick-off and we are underway.

  90. Right, the players are on the pitch and we're about to get underway here.

  91. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet make Lyon the 4/9 favourites to win tonight with APOEL the 7/1 outsiders. The draw is 3/1. Worth mentioning that APOEL were unbeaten away from home in the group stages, conceding just two goals. Expect them to try and keep it tight again this evening. What do you think? Send your thoughts and predictions to or tweet me @ghostgoal and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

  92. Referee - Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

  93. Teams - Lyon: Lloris; Reveillere, Cris (c), Kone, Cissokho; Gonalons, Kallstrom; Lacazette, Ederson, Bastos; Lisandro.

  94. Teams - APOEL: Chiotis; Poursaitides, Jorge, Kaka, Boaventura; Morais, Pinto; Charalambides (c), Sousa, Trickovski; Ailton.

  95. Welcome to our live commentary of Lyon versus APOEL Nicosia in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie. What do you think the result will be? Can the APOEL fairy-tale really continue or are they about to come back down to earth with a bump against experienced Champions League outfit Lyon? Send your views and predictions for tonight to or tweet me @ghostgoal and I'll post some of the best before the game.

  96. Kick-off is 1945 GMT.



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