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One day, one semifinal: vs Bayern 2009-2010

Published on 17 August 2020 at 4:00 PM

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Un jour, une demie : vs Bayern 2009-2010
OL are set to face Bayern in the semifinal of the Champions League. It's a match that inevitably brings to mind the club's first Champions League semifinal, played during the 2009/2010 season, and against the Bavarian club.

The 2009/2010 Champion's League campaign certainly represents the best European run in OL's history. After finishing second in a group including Liverpool, whom Lyon had managed to defeat at Anfield (1-2), Jean-Michel Aulas’s club faced Real Madrid in the Round of 16. To everyone's surprise, they beat the Merengues at the Stade Gerland (1-0) and completed the tie at the Santiago Bernabeu with a legendary goal from Miralem Pjanic (1-1). They then beat Girondins de Bordeaux in the quarterfinal (3-2 on aggregate) to face Bayern Munich in the semifinal. Far from being flamboyant, the Bavarians had progressed with difficulty against Fiorentina and Manchester United on the same aggregate score (3-3) thanks to the away goal rule. It was therefore Lyon, both novices and conquerors, who come face to face with Bayern Munich in the semifinal of the Champions League.


Bayern – OL (21/04/2010) : 1-0 (0-0)


OL (4-3-3) : Lloris - Cissokho, Toulalan, Cris (cap.), Réveillère - Gonalons, Kallstrom, Pjanic (Makoun, 55') - Delgado (Govou, 78'), Lisandro Lopez, Ederson (Bastos, 71'). Manager: Claude Puel. 

It was a generally lackluster match that we saw on this night in April 2010. The stakes took precedence over the quality of play and the tension exacerbated the fierceness of the duels. In a match punctuated by fouls and red cards for Franck Ribéry and Jérémy Toulalan, it was the Germans who stood out. In the 69th minute, Arjen Robben, on a breakthrough of which only he was capable, opened the score from a slightly deflected strike by Thomas Müller. Lyon therefore did not have manage to score that away goal which is so important in the Champions League but would still have  hope of qualification. The verdict will thus be delivered at the Stade de Gerland the following week.




OL – Bayern (27/04/2010) : 0-3 (0-1)

OL (4-3-3) : Lloris - Cissokho (Gomis, 46'), Boumsong, Cris (cap.), Réveillère - Gonalons, Makoun, Delgado (Pjanic, 69') - Govou, Lisandro Lopez (Ederson, 79'), Bastos. Manager: Claude Puel. 

This return leg is much more dynamic than the first. Despite this, Lyon failed to take the game into their hands and paid for it in the 26th minute, the moment chosen by the Croatian Bayern striker Ivica Olic to open the scoring with his right foot. Moribund and paying for their lack of experience at this level in Europe, OL would suffer in the second half. Ivica Olic took advantage of captain Cris’s sending off on the hour mark to score another goal from the left (67 ’) before finishing his hat-trick (76’). It's a hat-trick that still haunts the minds of Lyon supporters. Game, set and match for OL for whom the level was too high against a well-oiled Bavarian team.


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