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UEFA Champions League
October 18, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: C. Çakιr
• Attendance: 70028
K. Benzema 19'
S. Khedira 47'
H. Lloris 55' (own goal)
Sergio Ramos 81'
Full time in Spain. Real Madrid outclass Lyon with an impressive 4-0 victory. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com and we will see you for tomorrow's round of games!
The game is winding down now. The Lyon players cant wait for the full time whistle.
Great defending from Sergio Ramos to block the shot of Jimmy Briand after the Frenchman cut inside from the left hand side. The shot ends up coming back off the Lyon player and out for a Madrid goal kick.
Yellow Card C. Ronaldo
Damage limitations for Lyon at the moment, they are playing like they have the entire match and soaking up the pressure of Madrid.
Goal Sergio Ramos
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Dejan Lovren is out muscled by Sergio Ramos in the air and as the ball is loose in the penalty area, the Spaniard reacts quickest to half-volley home. Poor defending again from Lyon. 4-0.
Great play from Kaka in midfield to evade the challenge of Kallstrom and drive towards the Lyon goal. Great strength and determination from the Brazilian.
Madrid are playing in cruise control here, which they have been doing for most of the second half. Very disappointing performance from Lyon.
Yellow Card Jimmy Briand
Nice play from Higuain and di Maria down the right hand side, exchanging some neat one-two's. Madrid are toying with Lyon at the moment.
Final substitution for Real Madrid as Gonzalo Higuain comes on to replace the very impressive Karim Benzema.
Yellow Card Bakary Koné
Real Madrid have another goal disallowed as Ronaldo shoots on goal and the ball deflects of Kaka and goes into the net but the Brazilian flagged as offside.
Madrid just flex their squad muscles now as Mesut Ozil comes off to be replaced by Kaka. Lyon also make a change as Gourcuff is replaced by Ederson.
Michel Bastos finds room on the right hand side and whips a great cross to the back post for Jimmy Briand but the Frenchman was not quick enough to react and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Sami Khedira suffers a nasty head collision and there is blood on the head of the German. He walks off which is a good sign but he will be replaced by Fabio Coentrao.
Lyon with an opportunity as Casillas fumbles the ball in the six yard box. Gomis and Gourcuff get in each others way before Bastos' shot is blocked!
Lyon just enjoying a decent spell of possession at the moment. They are passing the ball better and moving further up the park.
Assist Mesut Özil
Own Goal Hugo Lloris
Lyon have not found any rhythm in their play as of yet. They are struggling to string more than three passes together.
Angel di Maria very close to going through on goal but he could not stretch enough to get on the end of Ozi's pass through the Lyon defence.
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Sami Khedira
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Reveillere's wayward header goes straight into the path of Benzema who bears down on goal before unselfishly squaring the ball for Sami Khedira to slot home and score his first ever goal for Madrid.
Real Madrid kick off the second half. Jose Mourinho will be hoping for more of the same from his side, but they must aim to create more chances if they are to take the game beyond Lyon.
Half time in Spain as Real Madrid go in with a 1-0 lead over Lyon. The home side have dominated possession but go in with a slender advantage. Join us in fifteen minutes for the second half!
Quite an open end to the first half. It is end to end stuff at the moment.
Vintage Cristiano Ronaldo as he cuts inside on his right foot from the left and lashes a shot at goal but this time it goes harmlessly by the right-hand post of Hugo Lloris.
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
A very strange situation. Real Madrid score but it is disallowed. Xabi Alonso takes a quick free kick to pick out Benzema and the Frenchman fires it it. However the referee brings play back and books Alonso for taking the set-piece too quickly. The Madrid players are furious!
Angel Di Maria typically cuts inside and picks out Ronaldo at the back post with a cross but Reveillere just does enough to put the Madrid player off as he heads over the bar.
Wonderful pass over the top of the Lyon defence from Xabi Alonso to Benzema but the man facing his former club lost his concentration and failed to control the ball.
Excellent defending from Sergio Ramos after the Spaniard sprinted back at pace to intercept a cross-field pass from Briand to Bastos that would have saw the Brazilian with a free path through on goal.
Good defending from Fofana as he stays solid to deny Cristiano Ronaldo a shot at goal. He wasn't mesmerised by the lightning feet of the Portuguese.
Lyon are just itching back into the match now, Gourcuff and Gomis are seeing more of the ball in the final third.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LYON!! WAIT, NO! Bastos picks out Gomis in the box and the Frenchman volleys past Casillas but he is flagged as offside!
A shot on goal for Lyon after some sloppy defending from Madrid. Pepe gives the ball to Gourcuff who picks out Jimmy Briand on the right of the box and the Frenchman lashes the ball across Iker Casillas with a half-volley, but it goes just by the post.
Outstanding link up play from Ronaldo and Marcelo down the left hand side, exchanging a few neat one-two's before the Brazilian agonizingly pokes the ball past the right-hand post.
Assist C. Ronaldo
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Easy as you like, Mesut Ozil hits the corner to the near post where Ronaldo flicks the ball on to the back post for Karim Benzema to smash home! 1-0 Madrid!
Great skill on the edge of the box from Ronaldo as he twists and turns and attempts a shot at goal. It goes out for a Madrid corner kick.
It has been very patient play from Real Madrid so far in the game, they are up against a formidable Lyon barrier so this tactic may be intelligent for the time being.
Good covering defending from Reveillere to head a cross away from the six yard box when it was bound for the head of Ronaldo at the back post.
Magical footwork from Mesut Ozil as he flicked the ball between Cissokho and Lovren to gain some space on the right of the Lyon box but his pass into Benzema was intercepted.
Good play from Marcelo to cut inside from the left and pick out Di Maria on the opposite flank, but the cross of the Argentine was well defended by Lovren as he headed the ball to safety.
Ronaldo with a half-chance after Sami Khedira found his team mate at the back post with a deep cross but the Portuguese fluffed his attempt at a volley. Still a decent chance for the hosts.
The first 5 minutes of the game has signified the tactics of Lyon. They are soaking up pressure from Madrid with only Gomis ahead of the ball. Perhaps preparing to counter attack when the opportunity arises.
Xabi Alonso has dictated the game so far, and came close to picking out Marcelo with a cross field pass over the Lyon defence but it was slightly over-hit and the visitors get a goal kick.
Lyon start the match and we are off, both teams like to play flowing football, and with this amount of talent on the field, we are in for an entertaining game.
The teams have took to the field and lined up as the famous Champions League theme sounds out in the Santiago Bernabeu. We are moments from kick off now.
This is the starting XI of Lyon: Lloris; Reveillere, B. Kone, Lovren, Cissokho; Fofana, Kallstrom; Briand, Gourcuff, Bastos; Gomis
The teams are in and this is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Benzema
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the game for you this evening. You can follow me on Twitter at @MartinMac1 so dont forget to post your thoughts and predictions on the match!
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