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UEFA Champions League
March 16, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: D. Skomina
• Attendance: 70034
K. Benzema 66'
Á. di María 76'
Real Madrid win Aggregate 4 - 1
IT'S OVER!!!!! REAL MADRID ARE THROUGH!!! A last-eight place awaits the Spanish giants for the first time in seven seasons. Lyon fought well, but were eventually undone by the attacking verve of their superior hosts. Thanks for joining us, on Goal.com!!!
Into injury time now, of which there will be three minutes.
Into the closing minutes now, and Real Madrid are closing in on their first ever European win over Lyon, and a timely win for coach Jose Mourinho, too. No team will want to face his squad in the last eight, that's for sure.
More lovely movement from Oezil on the right flank, cutting inside and trying to feed Khedira, but his compatriot couldn't find the finishing touch. It's a procession to the final whistle now.
Benzema, who has once again proven what he is capable of when on form and firing, is replaced to an ovation from the home fans, with Diarra coming on in his place.
Lyon, to their credit, are continuing to attack, and Gomis warms the hands of Casillas with another well-hit shot, but the keeper comfortably deflects the ball to safety.
Madrid now spreading the ball around, and the Ole's are ringing around the stadium. Lyon fought well for long spells of the tie, but now they appear consigned to their fate.
Ángel Di María
The Real Madrid curse looks to have been well and truly been crushed this evening, and the nine-time winners are heading into the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2004.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Ángel Di María
GOOOALLL!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!!! DI MARIA! It's all over now. Lovely flick header from Oezil finds the flying Argentine, and he lifts the ball over the body of Lloris as he advanced. 3-0 to Real Madrid, and it will be a well-deserved win.
It's all or nothing now for Lyon. A goal right now would make the remaining minutes interesting, but in truth a spectacular comeback looks unlikely.
Ronaldo is replaced by Mourinho, with Emmanuel Adebayor coming on in his place. Meanwhile Gomis attempts a stinging strike, but it is right down the throat of Casillas, who saves well.
Casillas' looks less than convincing when punching a free kick out of the area, but Madrid eventually clear, and almost strike on the counter again. They really do have great pace in the final third when required.
Some scintillating attacking play from Real Madrid at the moment, and Lyon appear punch-drunk. Rather than get back into this match, they will be lucky to keep the scoreline at 2-0, because Benzema is looking to inflict more pain against his former club.
HUUUYYY!!!! Benzema shoots again!!!! Another incisive breakaway from Madrid, with Oezil feeding the Frenchman, but his powerful effort is brilliantly saved by the peerless Lloris. Inspired keeping once again.
Goal Karim Benzema
GOALLLLLL!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! KARIM BENZEMA!!! Marcelo once again involved in the build-up, and the ball finds it way to the feet of the striker, who remains calm and rolls the ball through the legs of Lloris. Great finish, and Lyon have a mountain to climb now.
Lyon must now start to go for goals. Time is running short for the Ligue 1 side, and in truth Madrid do not look in danger at the moment.
Ronaldo tries a series of stepovers on the right flank, before laying in Benzema, but the ball gets stuck under his body slightly and Reveillere gets across to make an excellent challenge.
On the hour mark now. Will Mourinho stick with what he has, or go looking for more goals? His substitutions within the next ten minutes will be interesting, as indeed will Lyon's, as they look for a goal.
While Madrid remain only a goal ahead, the Santiago Bernabeu audience will remain on edge, and so will the players. Lyon are still well in this tie, but must attempt to get out of their own territory.
Ronaldo gets into the contest, cutting inside from the flank after getting through two wild challenges, but his effort is wild and well off target. He doesn't look completely fit, the Portuguese star.
Yellow Card Aly Cissokho
Oezil fires in a powerful free kick from an acute angle, but Lloris fields it excellently, beating the ball to safety. It's Madrid that remain the most likely team to add to the scoreline, however.
Oezil gets up to support the attack this time, and used his poise to cut inside and shoot, but his effort is deflected over the crossbar. Ronaldo heads over from the resulting corner kick.
Madrid leaving Benzema and Ronaldo up the pitch to counter attack when Lyon inevitably attack in this second half, and those two can prove to be very dangerous.
Madrid have came flying out of the blocks in the second half. A statement of intent to go for more goals from the Spanish giants.
We are back underway at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Lyon players are already out on the pitch, and a change has been made - striker Gomis has entered the fray - the French side still need a goal.
45' + 1'
And there is the whistle. Madrid are a goal to the good, but will feel that on chances created, they should be further clear. Join us in 15 minutes for the fascinating conclusion to this contest.
Marcelo currently receiving treatment for a knee problem, he seemed to go down with no one near him, and has hobbled off for now. Let's hope he returns to the action, for he has been one of the most exciting players of the half.
Closing in on half-time, and Madrid smell blood. Lyon are shaky, and struggling to keep out the wave of attacks. They will be delighted to hear the whistle at this stage.
GOAL! NO!! OFFSIDE! Benzema found space in the area to head home emphatically, but he was a yard ahead of the Lyon back line, and is quite rightly denied by the flag.
HUUUYYY!!!! BENZEMA!!!! Marcelo is marauding forward at every opportunity, and this time he picks out Benzema with a neat cut-back. The French striker's effort is true, but Lloris once again is equal to it. Great save once more.
Yellow Card Yoann Gourcuff
By far the finest move of the match, and the left-back finished with the aplomb of a forward player. The tie is far from over, though, as a Lyon goal would give us extra-time.
Assist C. Ronaldo
GOOOALLL!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! MARCELO!!!! It's a stunner from the full-back!! The Brazilian weaved inside, shifted onto a pass from Ronaldo, before evading Cris and Lovren to slam the ball home! Great goal, and Real Madrid have the lead! 1-0!
Madrid now enjoying a sustained spell of possession, pushing Lyon back into their own territory, but the French side are defending resolutely so far. It is an intriguing contest, no doubt about that.
Both of Madrid's central defenders are now booked, with Marcelo seemingly on his final warning - Lyon may take encouragement from the way they are forcing the Madrid back four into reckless challenges.
Yellow Card Ricardo Carvalho
Delgado is currently in a heap on the turf after a collision with Carvalho, who slid in strongly. The defender took the ball, but also followed through on the shins of the playmaker, and the referee brandishes the second yellow of the contest.
HUUUUYYY!!!!! Wonderful save from Lloris! Ronaldo shows for the first real time in the match, cutting in off the left flank, and unleashes a powerful strike that the keeper shows expert instincts to palm to safety!
Ramos is forced into a rather hurried clearance there from in front of his own goal, and Lyon gain more ground. The French side are looking good at the moment.
Marcelo sends Briand flying into the air with a wild lunge, and the referee really should be brandishing a yellow card there. The Brazilian lucky to escape with a final warning.
HUUUYYYY!!!!! Lyon's first chance of the match. Delgado collects the ball at the edge of the area, and looks to place his shot in the far corner, but Casillas gets down to palm the ball to safety. Good, solid stop from the Spaniard.
Lisandro down injured at the moment after a clash in the air with Pepe, and he appears a little dazed. He looked to take a hefty knee to the back there, and he is taking his time getting to his feet.
HEADER! Ronaldo flicks on a Xabi Alonso free-kick, using the pace on the delivery to divert towards the target, but Lloris, again, is in the right place to collect.
Game settling down into a pattern now, after Madrid's early chances. Lyon have did well to get a foothold from which they can build.
Cissokho gets forward on the left flank and swings in a teasing delivery, but Lisandro's volley almost leaves the stadium such is its height over the crossbar.
Lovely turn and pass from Benzema on the edge of the area, and his through ball was intelligent, but just too far ahead of Ronaldo. Lloris off his line sharply once again.
Yellow Card Pepe
Ealry yellow card - Pepe bodychecks Gourcuff as he moves forward, but the foul was needless - on the halfway line. On a tightrope for the rest of the match, the Portuguese.
Lyon need to score this evening, or they are out of the tie, and their line-up most definitely has an attacking feel to it. Madrid will of course be dangerous on the counter-attack.
Lyon make head way into Madrid's territory for the first time, but Lisandro's floated cross evades everyone and goes out for a goal kick. Quick pace to the game so far.
HUUUYYY!!!! Madrid are piling on early pressure. Oezil attempts to round Lloris only for the keeper to make the block, then Marcelo fires in a near-post shot that is pushed away by the glovesman. Madrid want to kill this tie early, it seems.
The Portuguese duly blasts his strike well over the crossbar. Hugo Lloris in the OL goal completely untroubled.
Madrid start with vibrancy, and look to spring an early counter. Ronaldo runs through the heart of the pitch, and wins a free kick - within his territory. Early chance.
We are underway here in the Spanish capital. A tense ninety minutes awaits.
The atmosphere is building inside the stadium, and the Madrid fans are anticipating qualification, but remember - Real Madrid haven't beaten Lyon in seven Champions League fixtures. Players are now emerging.
Now, Lyon: Lloris; Reveillere, Cris, Lovren, Cissokho; Gourcuff, Toulalan, Kallstrom; Briand, Lisandro, Delgado
Team news is here - and Cristiano Ronaldo starts for the Spanish giants. The team in full: Casillas; Ramos, Carvalho, Pepe, Marcelo; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Oezil, Ronaldo; Benzema
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Real Madrid versus Lyon from the Santiago Bernabeu!! The tie is evenly poised at 1-1 from the first leg, and Jose Mourinho's men will want to break their last-sixteen hoodoo.Stay with us for all the action!!!
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