Barcelona head into the 2nd leg of this tie with a crucial away goal, thanks to Thierry Henry’s 67th minute equaliser.
In the opening five minutes of this match Barca were the more composed of the two teams, knocking the ball around nicely without really penetrating the Lyon defence. Then on seven minutes Lyon were awarded a free kickon the left edge of the penalty area, Juninho took two steps and fired the ball over the head of the Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. It was the former Brazil international’s 42nd goal from a free kick since joining Lyon eight years ago.
Lyon were playing at a frantic pace and had Barca trapped in their own half and had several chances to extend their lead before a Samuel Eto’o shot on 14 minutes came back off the post. It was mostly Barca now dictating the play and only Benzema, with a shot from nowhere that ended up hitting the post, in the 27th minute, posed a genuine threat to Valdes.
In the second half Barca started getting into their game, but still struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities. Lyon won a free kick in the 54th minute and Juninho’s shot from 35 yards was almost fumbled by Valdes. The goal finally came in the 67th minute following two consecutive corners. In the first, Piqué came agonisingly close to an equaliser, but the ball was deflected away for a second corner. There was better fortune the second time round, Marquez flicked the ball over to the far post, and there was Henry waiting to score with a low and perfectly executed header.
Full Time: Lyon 1 (Juninho, 7) Barcelona 1 (Henry, 67)
Yellow Cards: Toulalan 24, Grosso 32, Alves 34, Puyol 61, Busquets 63, Cris 87
Lyon: Hugo Lloris, John Mensah, Fabio Grosso, Jean Makoun, Cristiano Gomez Cris, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Honorato Campos Ederson (Cesar Fabian Delgado, 65), Pernambucano Juninho (Kim Kallstrom, 79), Karim Benzema, Kader Keita (Miralem Pjanic, 88), Jeremy Toulalan
Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Xavier Hernandez Xavi, Carles Puyol, Rafael Marquez, Yaya Toure, Sergi Busquets (Seydou Keita, 77), Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi
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