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Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion (ATT 51,000) 23rd October 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Cortez Batista

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Lyon claim first win

Stuttgart downed by goals from Fabio Santos and Benzema

By Graeme Mair.   Last Updated: 24/10/07 11:11am

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Olympique Lyonnais got their first win in Group E of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 victory at Vfb Stuttgart.

The French champions were the far more adventurous side at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion and gained reward for their positive approach in the second half with goals from Barbosa Fabio Santos and Karim Benzema.

Both teams came into the game having lost to Barcelona and Rangers during their opening two Group E fixtures and appeared to lack confidence during a tense opening half-hour that featured little goalmouth action.

Wasteful

But it was Lyon's crisp passing game that eventually began to flourish and they would have been in front but for some profligate finishing.

Lyon's strikers twice wasted one-on-one opportunities against Stuttgart goalkeeper Raphael Schafer in the final five minutes of first half.

Benzema poked horribly wide after appearing surprised to find himself clean through, and shortly afterwards Sidney Govou's shot was smothered by the onrushing Shafer.

The opening goal arrived 10 minutes into the second half when Stuttgart were punished for their failure to clear a corner.

The ball fell to Fabio Santos on the edge of the box, and his left-footed drive took a crucial deflection off Silvio Meissner on its way into the net.

Benzema sealed the result with Lyon's second goal 11 minutes from time after Kader Keita's cross was backheeled into his path by Govou.

The French international shrugged off a weak challenge and fired home to ensure Lyon claimed a victory that re-ignites their Champions League campaign.

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VfB StuttgartTeam StatisticsLyon 
0Goals2 
01st Half Goals0 
3Shots on Target7 
5Shots off Target5 
4Blocked Shots1 
7Corners7 
14Fouls12 
7Offsides5 
3Yellow Cards2 
0Red Cards0 
83.8Passing Success80.8 
33Tackles32 
72.7Tackles Success90.6 
58.1Possession41.9 
55Territorial Advantage45 

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