An evening for Govou : OL vs Bayern Munich, Second group stage (3-0) (06/03/01) Stade de Gerland
How to evoke Bayern Munich without this fabulous evening of March 6, 2001? It was a match that Sydney Govou would forever engrave in the memory of Lyon fans thanks to his incredible performance. The French winger scored twice against Oliver Kahn, the legendary goalkeeper of the German club. The first goal came from a cross by Sonny Anderson on the right side. Govou succeeds in a controlling it and, with a powerful strike, sent the ball into the back of the net. On the second goal, his finish was a real marvel. With his back to the defense, the striker stared down the Bavarian goalkeeper and sent a magnificent curling shot int Kahn's top corner. The Gerland exalted in happiness, final score 3-0 and eternal memories.
Bayern Munich - Olympique Lyonnais (05/11/2003) : Juninho, chief of free kicks
In an ultra-tight Group A in which OL faced off against Anderlecht, Celtic FC and Bayern Munich, the game between the Bavarians and the Lyonnais promised to be hotly contested. In a heated Munich Olympiastadion, it was Paul Le Guen’s players who took the lead in the 6th minute. When match referee Graham Barber whistled for a free kick from 35 meters and the shooter is called Juninho, it is common knowledge that you are in great danger. This slight detail should have caught the eye of Oliver Kahn, who conceded the opener seconds later on a masterpiece from the Brazilian. This magnificent free kick put the Lyonnais on the right track and allowed them to record a crucial victory (2-1).
2009-10 : An historic run in the Champions League
How to evoke the best memories of OL against the Bavarian club without mentioning the formidable epic of the 2009-2010 season? Of course, the double legged tie against the German giant did not turn in favor of Les Gones but its two matches still offered much for the fans. The adventure started early, in the middle of summer to be precise. Because of their third place in the league, OL had to go through the preliminary round for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. There was first a formality against a limited Anderlecht (5-1, 1-3). When the real fun began was in the group stage. Drawn with Liverpool, Fiorentina and Debrecen, Lyon finished second behind the Italians with 13 points. That part of the tournament would be marked by the now legendary victory at Anfield thanks to goals from César Delgado and a very young Maxime Gonalons (1-2).
Then came the round of 16 and Real Madrid. While the Rhone club was for a time the bête noire of Los Blancoes, the balance of power seems to have been shifted in view of the massive investments made the previous summer by the Merengues. However, OL won the first round at the Stade Gerland thanks to a missile from Jean II Makoun (1-0) and held up on the return thanks to an equalizing goal from Pjanic (1-1). It was a real feat Les Gones who then met an old acquaintance in the quarterfinals: Girondins de Bordeaux. Thanks to a perfectly negotiated first leg (3-1), OL advanced to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history, losing by only one goal on the return trip (1-0).
Now it's time for the semi-final. In the first leg, Arjen Robben’s goal allowed his side to take the advantage (1-0) but nothing was yet finished, with the return leg to come at the Gerland. Unfortunately, the level was probably too high for Lisandro's partners who would fall to Ivica Olic's hat-trick (0-3). Regardless, it was the best performance in the club's history until this year. Bayern were already a legendary team then, and they have gained a few inches since. The battle begins this Wednesday at 9 p.m. for Rudi Garcia's men.