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November 28, 2010
• Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Referee: F. Fautrel
• Attendance: 34965
And fulltime at the end of a real classic here between Lyon and PSG. Lyon dominated most of the game and looked to be coasting to victory when they led 1-0. However PSG battled back thanks to Nene's header and then Hoarau's penalty, before which Cissokho was sent off for a professional foul. However, a horrible error from Edel led to Gomis' equaliser and despite both sides having golden chances to win the game, it ended 2-2. Thanks for joining me tonight - it has been a pleasure and until next time, prenez soin et au revoir!
90' + 2'
Gomis unmarked at the far post and he slices the ball into the side netting!! Where was the marking????
90' + 1'
SESSEGNON WIDE!! How did he miss from close range???? Hoarau's flick on found the winger who was all alone six yards out but he somehow contrived to put the ball wide of both the onrushing Lloris and the post. A huge chance for PSG to win it!
There will be three minutes of injury time at the end of this pulsating game.
Puel responds immediately bringing on Maxime Gonalons for Miralem Pjanic to shore things up.
And almost another sting in the tail as Nene peels off down the left and fires a shot on goal from the angle, It was heading wide but Lloris takes no chances and parries the ball behind for a corner.
Nene's left-footed free-kick is over the wall and over the crossbar, which prompts lots of cheers among the home supporters.
Lisandro Lopez comes off for the last few minutes in place of the former Rennes attacker Jimmy Briand. The Argentine shows Puel what he thinks of that sub - he is not a happy bunny!
Yellow Card Kim Källström
Nene looks to come inside Kallstrom and he falls to the ground in an extravagant manner under Diakhate's challenge, which sees Kallstrom booked for dissent. A promising spot for a free-kick, in the centre of goal 25 yards out.
Goal Bafetimbi Gomis
A terrible clearance from Edel went straight to Gomis who did not look a gift horse in the mouth - he raced clear of his marker and mad Edel pay by blasting the ball into the net on his left foot. What an incredible match this is.
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTT - INCROYABLE!!! EGALISATION DU MATCH POUR OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS!!!! PSG have thrown it away and Edel cannot believe it!! Gomis has equalised for Lyon.
Lovren gives the ball away but PSG do not look to attack with too much haste despite their one-man advantage as they look to see out the game and protect the lead as they try for their first win in Lyon in over five years, that would also take them to the top of Ligue 1.
Sessegnon finds Hoarau inside the box but his touch lets him down and Diakhate nips in to dispossess the striker.
Penalty Goal Guillaume Hoarau
BUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTT Hoarau steps up against Lloris....AND SENDS LLORIS THE WRONG WAY!! He side-foots the ball high into the top left-hand corner of the net as Lloris goes to his left. PSG have come from behind and lead in Lyon with eight minutes remaining and the advantage of 11 v 10.
Red Card Aly Cissokho
There was not a great deal of contact but as the last man, Cissokho had to be sent off.
PENALTY PSG!!!! Cissokho has been penalised - a lovely touch from Bodmer sent Nene racing into the box and the Brazilian was felled by the Lyon left-back.
PSG make another change as Ludovic Giuly is replaced by a former Lyon man Jeremy Clement in a slightly cautious move by Antoine Kombouare.
Excellent defensive play from Armand to block Lisandro's effort on goal and play is stopped after the subsequent corner due to a clash of heads between former Lille team-mates Bodmer and Makoun.
Lyon's 22nd shot of the game is a high left-footed effort by Gomis - and just as Kallstrom's corner technique is reminiscent of Toulon and England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, so was that shot from the former St Etienne striker.
I said Sessegnon could decide this game and he had an opportunity to do so as his right-foot shot is saved by Lloris who goes down to his right and clutches onto the ball. Credit to Hoarau who created the chance in the first place.
Almost an incredible goal from Gomis, who spots Edel off his line and decides to audaciously chip the PSG keeper, who has to backpedal and tip the ball over just as it threatens to dip underneath the crossbar. Gomis showing he has some guile in his game as well as brawn.
Excellent link-up play from Kallstrom and Lisandro but the Argentine is well snuffed out by Camara's persistence and strength.
Bodmer looks to thread through Hoarau despite being in a position to shoot but he overhits the ball, which rolls through to Lloris.
Time for another substitution for the visitors and it's an exciting change as Pegguy Luyindula makes way for the attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, who is more than capable of proving decisive in this encounter. Sessegnon looks like he will go over to the right with Giuly playing off Hoarau.
Wonderful combination play from Jallet and Giuly down the right but the latter's cross is cut out by Kallstrom who sets OL on their way on the counter. Cissokho puts in an excellent cross from the left, Gomis uses his strength to lay it off for Bastos, who has an excellent chance to restore the lead but he snatches at the ball and pulls the shot wide on his trusty left peg.
We have a second substitution of the evening and this time it is for PSG. Unsurprisingly, Siaka Tiene is unable to continue after Pjanic's dangerous challenge and he is replaced by the versatile Brazilian Ceara.
Lisandro's free-kick strikes the wall and is cleared upfield by Nene.
Wonderful play from Pjanic to spread the ball to Kallstrom and he draws the foul from Giuly just outside the box to give Lyon a free-kick in a promising position.
And Lyon almost restore their lead immediately as first Michel Bastos has his powerful free-kick beaten away by Edel before Lovren heads wide from the second phase of play.
Assist Guillaume Hoarau
Makelele plays a gorgeous ball over the top to Hoarau who is kept onside by Cissokho. He does brilliantly to ride the challenge and cut the ball back for Nene, who cannot fail to score with his head. Cue big celebrations from Kombouare and a tense look upon the face of Claude Puel. A huge goal for PSG as they try to prove their championship mettle!
BUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTT LE PSG!!! L'EGALISATION DU MATCH!!!! PSG have hit back in perfect style thanks to Nene!!!
Pjanic unwisely pleads his innocence as Antoine Kombouare hits out at a perceived lack of protection of his players with Tiene the victim of a rather crude challenge from the Bosnian playmaker.
Hands to the head time as Giuly spurns a chance for PSG as he heads over from close range after reacting quickly to Hoarau's flick on but he too was in an offside position.
A weak header from Kallstrom allows Giuly to thread the ball through for Hoarau but the big striker cannot time his run perfectly and he is called offside. It was in any case a good stop from Lloris who would have denied the former Le Havre man were he onside.
PSG are looking ragged and Gomis takes the ball inside the box with an excellent first touch but he is denied before the ball is worked back to the centre and Bastos' shot is blocked behind for a corner by Makelele who saves the day. The visitors are struggling to cope with Lisandro's clever movement and trickery.
Assist Kim Källström
Lisandro and then Kallstrom prised open the PSG defence before Cissokho was allowed to race into the box and stroke the ball first-time past Edel at the near post. The goal was coming and OL are 1 up and possibly on their way to third spot above PSG.
Goal Aly Cissokho
BUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT POUR LES GONES!!! Aly Cissokho has given Lyon a deserved lead with an excellently worked goal, which sliced the PSG defence open.
PSG commit the cardinal sin by standing off Michel Bastos, who has one of the most deadly left feet in European football. The winger unleashes a fizzing shot from 30 yards out, which lands just wide of the post with Edel scrambling across his goal and he looked to be beaten at his near post.
Hoarau looks to hit OL on the counter but he dithers and his attempted ball to Luyindula is well read and intercepted by Reveillere. Lyon still look the better of the two sides but PSG have had their moments throughout and could still nick something.
Bodmer is fouled by Reveillere and PSG take the free-kick promptly. They temporarily lose the ball but win it back from Lisandro however Giuly plays the ball forward into no man's land and OL can breathe again with a goal kick.
Hoarau catches Pjanic as he jostles for possession and Pjanic takes a boot to his left calf for his troubles.
Michel Bastos cleverly disguises a free-kick as he plays a reverse ball to Pjanic down the right touchline but it does not quite come off and in any case Tiene was across to shepherd the ball out of play.
Jean II Makoun
We're underway in the second half as PSG kick us off. Claude Puel has decided to bring on Jean II Makoun in place of Jeremy Toulalan, which must mean an injury problem for the Lyon skipper.
PSG begin the second-half on the front foot and Nene puts in a superb cross into the box, which ripped the Lyon defence open but Hoarau just failed to make contact as he flung himself at the ball.
Last action of the first half this and Bastos decides to look for Gomis at the back post but Hoarau helps out and that is half-time though Nene did not approve - kicking the ball away in frustration as he sought to start a counter. Join me in fifteen minutes for the second half.
45' + 1'
Bodmer lays the ball off to Nene who audaciously attempts a shot from 35 yards out, which skips off the hard surface through to Lloris. Lisandro is then tripped by Makelele as he looks to show the veteran a clean pair of heels and OL have a free-kick.
There will be one minute of stoppage time at the end of the first-half.
Ohhhhhhhh an early ball from Bastos sends Gomis clear down the inside right channel. The big striker has the ball out in front of his feet and he unleashes a typically powerful strike but alas it lacks the direction and goes over Edel's crossbar.
Diakhate clumsily bundles into Luyindula after the latter's turn and PSG have a free-kick over on the left. As ever, it is Nene who takes and it's a superb ball to the back post - Zoumana Camara stoops to head towards goal but he can't quite direct it the right side of the post and it's just wide. A lucky escape for OL on that occasion as Toulalan did enough to put Camara off.
Not only have Lyon had more possession (62-38%), they have had 11 shots to PSG's three and completed 83% of their passes to PSG's 70.
Nene wins a corner for PSG, which he duly takes himself and it's flicked on by Luyindula to no-one and Pjanic eventually picks the ball up. He is robbed by Makelele, who plays in Armand but the cross curls behind the goal-line and out for a goal-kick.
Another fine ball from the left courtesy of Kallstrom leads to another weak header from Gomis whose link-up play has far outweighed his finishing in terms of its effectiveness.
Fantastic shimmy from Lisandro but he showed Bodmer too much of the ball however the counter breaks down when Hoarau's pass is cut out. Cissokho then crosses in for Gomis but Armand wins that aerial duel.
Unsurprisingly, Nene has stayed down after that painful challenge and he is receiving treatment from the medical staff. However, after some seconds he is back on his feet and he should be fine to continue.
Yellow Card Anthony Réveillère
Jallet does well as Cissokho tried to catch out the former St Etienne fullback with some trickery. Anthony Reveillere is then booked for a trip on Nene whose standing foot is kicked by the fullback, sending the winger flying.
Lyon hope to catch out PSG with a quick throw but Armand was wise to the attack and he slides in to snuff out the danger of Lisandro who threatened to break down the right and expose Tiene. Brilliant cross meanwhile from Kallstrom from the left but Gomis is caught offside - in any case his poor header did not do the Swede's ball in justice.
Glorious ball cross-field from Makelele to Hoarau. The ball is eventually worked to Tiene, whose cross is missed by Lovren but Kallstrom is back to tidy up.
Pjanic wins another OL corner off Jallet as they continue to put PSG under pressure. However, Kallstrom takes the kick disappointingly and it is cleared at the near post.
Camara turned into trouble and Makelele had to help out at the back as Pjanic looked to race onto the loose ball. Bastos has a left-footed shot outside the box, which he takes his first time but it curls away from the left-hand post after an excellent lay off from Gomis.
A heart in the mouth moment for PSG. Cissokho's cross was delivered into the penalty box but the ball comes off Lisandro's back after Edel had missed it completely.Toulalan then shoots over the bar.
Giuly wants the free-kick and he gets it after a push in the back from Toulalan. Nene takes the free-kick, left footed, after a longish delay and he curls the ball over the crossbar.
Giuly is put through by Nene's superb penetrative pass but just as he is about to pull the trigger, he is double-teamed by a combination of Cissokho and Lovren, whose interventions were as vital as that of Armand a few minutes earlier.
Yellow Card Siaka Tiéné
Bastos aimes for the leap of Lisandro at the far post but it's well anticipated by Edel who cuts it out. PSG counter again quickly but Bastos tracks back and helps out Reveillere by putting in an excellent challenge in on Luyindula.
Tiene is booked after he commits a foul on Michel Bastos who threatened to leave the Ivorian trailing in his wake.
Toulalan puts his side in trouble and PSG come forward with Giuly but once again the cross from the right is too cross for Lloris, who has been composed in the air so far this evening, despite facing criticism of that aspect of his game last week by PSG coach Antoine Kombouare.
PSG look to get numbers forward and though Jallet's swerving cross from the right is more than decent, Lloris anticipates it well. Lyon counter very quickly but Armand makes a superb sliding challenge on Gomis to save his side's bacon.
A bullet of a cross from Bastos from the right has to be hooked over his own crossbar by Armand and PSG are having to withstand a great deal of pressure from OL. However, not from that corner as Edel claims Pjanic's corner with ease.
Pjanic drills the ball hard into the wall and though it almost breaks to Kallstrom, PSG counter. Nene looks for Giuly but the execution fails to match the idea.
Bodmer is guilty of a trip on Lisandro right on the edge of the area and the former Lille man is very fortunately he did not delay a touch and concede a penalty. Good position this for the likes of Bastos and Pjanic.
Excellent turn from Nene who doggedly held off the attentions of Kallstrom but Reveillere rides to the rescue once more with another well-timed challenge.
Good positional sense from Toulalan who reads Jallet's attempted ball to Giuly and Lyon can again enjoy a sustained period of possession as they knock the ball around calmly. 64%36 in favour of Lyon so far in terms of possession.
Makelele looks to send Tiene away down the left but Reveillere is wise to that move and he slides in cleanly to nip that attack in the bud.
Beautiful play from OL - again it is Gomis dropping deep, laying the ball off and this time Bastos has a shot - he looks to place it in the opposite corner but Edel makes a decent save as he tips it wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.
An early thumping cross from Kallstrom is directed towards the far post but it just evades Gomis who then fails in his efforts to retrieve the ball and keep it in play.
Nene whips a testing ball in towards Hoarau but he gets too much on the header and it fizzes high over the crossbar.
Gomis is proving very adept at coming deep into space and receiving the ball back to goal. Kallstrom loses out and then Luyindula is fouled by the Swede. PSG counter quickly and Diakhate puts the ball behind for a corner.
Good turn from Michel Bastos down the right and although he is robbed by Tiene, the Ivorian left-back gives it away. OL are enjoying more of the ball now as they settle into the game.
The Bosnian runs across to take it right-footed but it's headed away at the front post by Bodmer, who like a few of his team-mates is sporting a pair of gloves. Gomis looks for the spectacular but his first-time half volley was always rising.
Again Gomis is found in space by Toulalan and the ball eventually finds its way to Cissokho down the left but he is thwarted by a fine sliding challenge from Giuly. From the throw, Pjanic has a low shot, which takes a deflection on the way through and it's behind for Lyon's first corner.
Toulalan quickly looks for Gomis and the big striker decides to try his luck from distance but his left-footed shot hits the defender and balloons up in the air to be taken by Edel.
Lovely flick from Lisandro into the path of Kallstrom but his low cross is cleared away by Sylvain Armand who seems to have been around an eternity in French football. PSG then counter but the move breaks down when Nene is robbed of the ball. The Brazilian wants a free-kick but none is forthcoming.
The first real passing move now for OL sees Bastos swing the ball from the right towards the back post but it's just too far ahead of Lisandro who can't quite keep the ball alive.
It's a decent ball in towards Bodmer but he mistimes his jump however Giuly wins a throw over on the right-wing for PSG, which Jallet puts in long and again it's cleared away. Nene tries to help it back over the top but no-one else read his intentions and Lloris can collect.
Makelele takes the ball down and Nene sets Luyindula off down the right. His shot cum cross takes a deflection and Hoarau wins a corner for PSG. The visitors have been quicker out of the blocks.
Lovely early ball towards Giuly but Cissokho uses his strength to win that battle and snuff out the early danger. It was a poor touch from Diakhate initially that allowed Hoarau to find the former Barcelona winger.
After the pre-match formalities are completed, we get underway in the Stade Gerland with Lyon kicking us off on a chilly French evening. There are five former Lyon players in the PSG squad this evening. Lyon are in white while PSG are in their trademark red and blue strips.
PSG: Edel, Jallet, Camara, Armand, Tiene, Giuly, Bodmer, Makelele (captain), Nene, Luyindula, Hoarau. Subs: Coupet, Ceara, Traore, Makonda, Sessegnon, Clement, Qasmi.
Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Diakhate, Lovren, Cissokho, Pjanic, Toulalan (captain), Kallstrom, Michel Bastos, Lisandro Lopez, Gomis. Subs: Vercoutre, Gassama, Makoun, Gonalons, Pied, Briand, Lacazette.
Antoine Kombouare's men are fourth in the table with 23 points but could go above Marseille and top the table with a win tonight. Claude Puel's Gones are in eighth spot but are just a point behind PSG, an indication of just how tight Ligue 1 is this season.
Bonsoir à tout le monde et bienvenue to Goal.com's live commentary of one of the great titanic tussles of French football - it's Olympique Lyonnais and PSG from the Stade Gerland. OL will be looking to both build upon last week's 3-1 win away to Lens and bounce back from their Champions League defeat at the hands of Schalke 04. Le PSG meanwhile won last time out 2-1 at home to Caen and will be looking to shock their rivals. I'm Gary Niblock and I'll be guiding you through the best of the action this evening.
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