Anderlecht 1-3 Olympique Lyon (2-8 agg.): Lisandro Lopez The Hero As Les Gones Cruise To Victory

Lisandro Lopez Paarswit were keen to record a good result after last week’s mauling, but Lisandro Lopez was unstoppable before the break and helped Les Gones to a comfortable win.

French outfit Olympique Lyon have qualified for the group phase of the Champions League after beating Belgian sideAnderlecht 8-2 on aggregate. 

The guests dominated the match from the beginning and grabbed a deserved lead halfway through the first half. Anderlecht did their utmost to draw things level, but they quite simply lacked the class to equalise.

The first chance of the match was for Anderlecht after only two minutes of play. However, Tom de Sutter failed to get on the end of an intelligent through ball and the chance went begging.

Argentinean hitman Lisandro Lopez tried his luck with a powerful shot after ten minutes. The attacker controlled the ball well after a nice cross from the wing, but his shot went high and wide of the Belgian goal.

Attacking midfielder Michel Bastos stepped up to take a free kick in the 15th minute, but the former Lille star failed to get his shot round the wall. Minutes later though, Bastos almost opened the scoring with a shot in the far corner that went only inches wide.

Jean Il Makoun came close to breaking the deadlock with a good header after a corner kick. Nevertheless, the Cameroonian midfielder’s attempt didn’t find the target from just yards out.

Les Gones got their deserved lead after 26 minutes. Anderlecht defender Ondrej Mazuch, who replaced the suspended Jelle ten Damme at the back, slid the ball across the face of goal and
Lisandro Lopez thankfully snapped up the pass before chipping it over the Belgian goalie.

Lisandro Lopez doubled the French side’s lead only four minutes later after a great run down the wing from right-back Anthony Reveillere. The defender cut the ball back for Lisandro and the prolific hitman found the net at the near post after going by two defenders.

Anderlecht almost pegged one back with ten more minutes to go before the break. Midfielder Guillaume Gillet unleashed a good header from inside the area, but his attempt went over the crossbar.

Once again Lisandro Lopez made things even worse for Anderlecht in the dying minutes of the first half. The Belgians lost possession in their own half and Lyon combined well before eventually reaching Lisandro, who fired the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Anderlecht pegged one back only five minutes after the interval. The referee had no choice but to award the Belgians a spot kick after Cris fouled substitute
Matias Suarezinside the box and the Argentinean youngster had no trouble finding the net from twelve yards.


~ by footballdirecta on August 26, 2009.

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