One day one match (10/03/2010) : Real 1 – 1 OL, a resounding win
On March 11, 2010, the headlines of the press were clear after Lyon's big feat: "OL's masterpiece" read the headline in Le Progres, "Grandiose!" exclaimed l'Équipe, saying this great European feat would enter OL among the legends of football, and another headline from Liberation: "Lyon are finally back in the quarters and have left REAL at a standstill". Before entering the pitch at the Bernabeu , Olympique Lyonnais lead through their 1-0 victory in the first leg at the Stade Gerland. "We knew that the task would not be easy," said Jean II Makoun, the scorer in the first leg.
The stadium was packed and urged its team forward. The Merengues started the match in the best possible way, by not letting the visitors have a moment of space. "The first minutes were difficult, even for the first half but we did not bow our heads," said Cris, the Policeman. The domination by the hosts bore fruit in a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo who slid the ball between the legs of Hugo Lloris (1-0, 6 ’). "If I played the shot better in goal, I should not have let the ball between my legs. It's part of having experience, "said Hugo. At that time of the match, we told ourselves that the match would be a long one for the Rhone side. Kaka and Higuain were in fine form and created plenty of opportunities, but came up against a Lyon defense that was more than valiant stopered by a Lloris who was having one of his great evenings. "On the pitch it's eleven against eleven and we knew we could come back into to the game," said Cris, who returned to the locker room with plenty of hope given the score. OL midfielder Miralem Pjanic also had the same reaction: "We were able to stay strong in the match".
After the break, Lyon return to the field, energized. They know they are closer than ever to a real landmark achievemetn. "At halftime we stayed calm because we knew we could qualify by scoring a goal" said Ederson and Lloris added: "We played together and we were solid. "As proof of this, OL resumed playing their flamboyant style and created danger on multiple occasions before Iker Casillas' goal. Gonalons, Govou, Lisandro and Cris, all tried to get the ball into the back of the net. OL continued to show more technical mastery and player more as a collective. And in the 75th minute, on a cross by César Delgado, deflected by "Licha" and finished by Miralem Pjanic beat the Spanish goalkeeper (1-1, 75 ’). Real Madrid therefore would need two goals to qualify. Disappointed, the players of Manuel Pellegrini left the ball to Lyon who could even have made the result more firm with more finishing at the end of the match thanks to Lisandro or Delgado, the two Argentinian friends.
With this draw, Olympique Lyonnais had eliminated one of the favorites for the title, a real feat for French football. President Jean-Michel Aulas said at the end of the match in this extraordinary moment: "It's a wonderful evening. I want to dedicate this victory first of all to Claude Puel who even in a time of difficulty knew how to face the challenge and prepare the players. It’s an amazing group. It's a crazy thing ! The moral of this story is that you have to know how to stand together under adversity. This match should not just represent an upset but a real ray of sunshine to aim further. ” Bernard Lacombe, also very moved, delivered his own compliments: "It is one of the greatest moments in the history of our club in a big stadium against a huge club. The players had a great second half. This is where we see that everything is possible in football. "
Many supporters would be at the Bron airport the next day to greet their heroes: "We are proud of you, you deserve these plaudits" exclaimed one of them. Frédéric Thiriez, then president of the LFP, added: "This is a feat that all of football in France had hoped for. This qualification honors all of French football. "