Jean Makoun screamer for Lyon puts Real Madrid qualification in doubt
Jean Makoun scored a stunning individual goal as Lyon beat Real Madrid 1-0 in their round-of-16 tie in the Champions League. The Cameroon midfielder picked up the ball inside the Madrid half, advanced to the edge of Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Outlet Online the penalty area and hit a looping shot over the head of goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 47th minute of the first-leg match.
Lyon beat Madrid for the third successive time at home in the Champions League, each time without conceding a goal, and kept the Madrid stars Bicester Village London Prada Cristiano Ronaldo Are Prada Mens Shoes Good and Kaká quiet.
“It was a very physical match, Lyon played with a lot of passion and they covered the ground well and marked us very well,” the Madrid coach, Manuel Pellegrini, said. “The result is not good for us, we’ve conceded a goal without scoring. We will need a very disciplined Baby Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shop Online Prada Shoes Uk performance to turn this round but I have faith in my players.”
The second leg is in three weeks at the Bernabéu, with the defender Marcelo and Xabi Alonso suspended after collecting yellow cards.
Neither the Lyon goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, nor Casillas had a shot to save in the first half but after Pellegrini tinkered with his line-up at half-time Lyon soon took the lead.
Pellegrini replaced Marcelo with Ezequiel Garay, who backed off naively and allowed Makoun too much room and precious time to set his sights and pick his spot superbly past Casillas as the goalkeeper wandered off his line.
The Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez headed just over from Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick and shot narrowly wide after another mix-up in the Madrid defence between Garay and Raul Albiol.
Lloris then tipped Ronaldo’s curling shot over the crossbar and foiled Gonzalo Higuaín with his hand as Madrid came back at Lyon.
Pellegrini took off Higuaín and brought on Karim Benzema for the last half-hour against his old club. Benzema got a Amancio Prada Prada huge roar from the crowd at the Stade Gerland.
The 22-year-old Benzema was an emerging talent when Lyon beat Madrid 3-0 at home during the 2005-06 season and then 2-0 the following year, both times in the group stages.
This performance was Lyon’s best for quite some time. The French side have managed to hold Manchester United and Barcelona to home draws in the past two years, when each of them went on to win the competition, but Lyon have not reached the quarter-finals since 2006.
They were crushed 5-2 in the away leg in Barcelona last year but take a slender lead to Spain this time.
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Lyon’s centre-half Jean-Alain Boumsong had to slide to clear Marcelo’s dangerous cross after 20 minutes Authentic Prada Bags Uk but the first half was scrappy, with only Govou and Lopez showing any movement in the Lyon team.
Lyon’s coach, Claude Puel, picked Lopez in a lone striker’s role flanked by Govou and César Delgado. The Brazilian winger Michel Bastos and France striker Bafétimbi Gomis started on the bench.
Delgado almost gave Lyon the lead five minutes before the break when Madrid Are All Prada Products Made In Italy cleared Miralem Pjanic’s corner and Delgado volleyed the ball against the post Bicester Village London Prada from the edge of the penalty area.
Benzema scored 72 goals in 172 games for Lyon but he only got in Ronaldo’s way when he came on last night. PA