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Lance Knight2010-05-10 00:03:57 +0000 #1
Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Werder Bremen 0-3 Lyon: FT Report


BREMEN, February 23 (Champions League) - A professional smash-and-grab display put French champions Lyon with one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a convincing win at Werder Bremen's Weserstadion on Wednesday night.

Although Bremen enjoyed the lion's share of possession throughout the 90 minutes, Lyon were by far more effective with their time on the ball as they made their few chances count and gave Bremen an almost impossible task in the second leg in a fortnight.

Sylvain Wiltord grabbed the opening goal against the run of play in the ninth minute but there could be no complaints that Lyon deserved to double the lead when Mahamadou Diarra fired home after 77 minutes.

Three minutes later, the match and perhaps the tie was over when free-kick specialist Juninho struck a stunning third from a set-piece.

Heeding the advice of former Lyon striker Giovane Elber, the home side set about ensuring a first leg advantage with an adventurous, attacking start to the game.

Their intentions were signalled as early as the second minute when Daniel Jensen beat Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet to Ludovic Magnin's cross, but he couldn't direct his header below the crossbar.

Coupet was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers throughout the game and did well to keep Bremen at bay, beating out efforts from compatriot Johan Micoud and German pair Tim Borowski and Miroslav Klose.

But Paul Le Guen's tactical prowess was confirmed when his side took the lead in the ninth minute through Wiltord.

The former Arsenal striker was Lyon's man over at the far post when Sidney Govou scuffed his shot as Lyon mounted a successful counter-attack and he slotted home comfortably.

Bremen had continued success down the right wing, where Paul Stalteri was busy creating chance after chance for his strikers in the centre, but neither Borowski nor Klose were able to beat Coupet and find the target with a flurry of decent chances.

Meanwhile, Lyon continued to sit back and invite the pressure upon them while breaking at speed and with the incision that almost led to a second goal shortly before the interval.

Bremen's goalkeeper Andreas Reinke vacated his goal unnecessarily to charge down a through ball to Lamine Diatta, but he had mistimed his run awfully and the Senegalese full-back lofted the ball into the centre where Reinke was fortunate enough to see only Bremen shirts gathered to clear the danger.

The home side rallied as the first half came to an end and looked again the most likely to score as the teams emerged for the second half, but Coupet was proving a bridge too far for Klose and company, stopping one effort with his legs having already dived to his left in anticipation of a shot.

Lyon continued to look a threat on the break and almost doubled their advantage when Govou popped up to head against the inside of the post with little over 20 minutes remaining.

Reinke was again lucky to see the ball bobble back across the line into his arms.

The French champions' didn't have to wait too long to grab a second goal, however, with Le Guen's counter-attacking tactics eventually paying off for a second time as Juninho fed Jeremy Clement who in turn laid the ball off for Mahamadou Diarra whose low drive sailed into the corner of Reinke's goal.

Much has been said of the qualities of Juninho's free-kick potency for Lyon, but Bremen had obviously failed to take note as they lined up only a four-man wall to defend the Brazilian's 25-yard set piece with 10 minutes remaining.

They, like many before them, were punished.

Juninho aimed the ball centrally enough and Reinke would have felt the ball was heading straight into his grasp until it changed its flight path and found the top corner.

Although Bremen will recall their comeback from a three-goal first-leg deficit in the UEFA Cup in 1991, the chances of the German champions scoring four times in Lyon in 2005 remain slim if Le Guen's side can show the professionalism and patience that made them a cut above the rest in France last season and in a different class to the German champions in their own back yard on Wednesday night.

nachi882010-05-10 00:15:01 +0000 #2
It was so sad, losing 3-0 at home. Inspite of having an esy draw and getting a club like lyon, we messed up. Now we need a miracle at lyons to save us.
arminius2010-05-10 00:51:06 +0000 #3
very,very disapointing. Expected a lot better from werder, hopefully leverkusen can get a 2-0 result v liverpool, then we might at least have a possibility of 2 german teams in the quarter's.
Lance Knight2010-05-10 01:22:37 +0000 #4
dont count out arsenal yet. i want munich to win. but there mustnt be to confident. leverkusen to me has been shitty ever since they sold ballack. and i though that this was an easy win for Bremen :sad.
*croatia*2010-05-10 01:45:34 +0000 #5
i can`t belive they lost 3-0 playing at home!

they were great at the begining of season...i was hoping to se them playing in final
Lance Knight2010-05-10 02:15:57 +0000 #6
and they were so great last season, they won the league
nachi882010-05-10 01:32:08 +0000 #7
hey guys,

some good news finally,

I just read, that some (3-4) years ago, in a uefa cup tie, werder lost first leg 3-0. And then they went on to win the away leg 4-0 and go to the next round. And guess who their game was against....... yes, it was Olympic Lyonnais. So , as the english saying goes.... history always repeats itself.

Go Werder

macht zur sieg

nachi882010-05-10 01:10:02 +0000 #8
Werder thrash Bochum 4-0 at home. Goals from valdez, micoud, baumann and valerie ismael helped them win. Same performance is needed against lyon in CL.



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