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Wednesday football as it happened


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2205: Time to studiously devour the Bayern Munich 1-0 Lyon and Hull 0-2 Aston Villa match reports as I call it a night. Thanks heaps for your company; please join the lovely Sam Patrick Lyon on Thursday to see how the road trip crews of Liverpool and Fulham get on in the Europa League semis. Night night.

From chun_han on Twitter: "Re: 2141, did you just suggest Mike Dean to commit suicide in a deliberate act of spontaneous human combustion?"

From PanasonicVieira on 606: "If West Ham get a point from the Wigan game, then I think it really is curtains for Hull and Burnley. Goal difference is the killer too. What did the Hull board really expect from Dowie? Not to keep them up surely?"

2157: By the way on Thursday, English football is set to warmly welcome back one of its favourite sons as Bristol City prepare to name Steve Coppell as their new manager. One of the greats.

2154: The Press Association are suggesting that Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was knocked out in his challenge with Richard Dunne (See 2100), but they reckon he has since regained consciousness.

From Daniel, Newcastle, via text to 81111: "Argh, I put a few quid on over 1.5 goals [in the Bayern-Lyon game] when both teams when down to 10 men. It is so frustrating to watch two teams not really going for it when you have a bet that needs goals. It's a mugs game, kids..."

2148: As Iain Dowie shook hands with Martin O'Neill at the KC he did so to the sound of boos from the Tigers fans who had bothered to stay until the end. As O'Neill ran around the pitch jubilantly hugging his players, Dowie could barely look at his in the eyes as they trudged off the pitch. Almost funereal.

2145: Full-time Hull City 0-2 Aston Villa

2145: In the final stages at the KC Stadium now. It's like a training game.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "I don't want to be the Grim Reaper, but if Hull play like this again on Saturday I think they'll be relegated. There are nine points still to play for, but there's an air of resignation. Iain Dowie has to pick them up somehow, has to tell some of them they'll never play in the Premier League again."

2143: A slow Hull build-up ends with George Boateng lashing left-footed over the Villa crossbar from 18 yards.

2141: There are still four minutes left at Hull, but referee Mike Dean might as well blow up now because there's absolutely no life left in the game at all.

From KubiMichael on Twitter: "With their display today, I'm really wondering how Lyon got to this stage of the CL, honestly."

2138: Hull are looking resigned to their fate here, which is a shame considering how much they have to play for. Villa bring Emile Heskey on for the final seven minutes of stoppage time as he replaces John Carew.

2136: Full-time Bayern Munich 1-0 Lyon

2135: We are into injury time at Hull now and there are 10 MINUTES OF IT. Punters who were on their way out turn around, wondering what might yet still be...

2134: Not into injury time yet at Hull, but there will be plenty of it after that injury to Jan Venegoor of Hesselink. Still awaiting an update on the Dutchman.

2133: Into injury time in the Allianz Arena in Munich and the fourth official signals three minutes.

2132: Close. Sidney Govou, who came on a few moments ago, cuts in from the Lyon right and hits a low left-foot daisycutter that flies a yard or so wide of Hans Jorg-Butt's left-hand post.

From CousinKev on 606: "Lyon have been worse than poor in this game. Have they even touched the ball since Toulalan went off?"

2128: Lyon are caught two-against-three and it's that man Arjen Robben who surges forward and rifles in a shot from 18 yards that Hugo Lloris saves well. Louis van Gaal responds by taking Robben off, much to the Dutchman's displeasure. After a heated mini-chat, Robben applauds the fans and takes his seat on the bench.

2126: Lyon have been ever so disappointing tonight. They haven't been the better team for any length of time at all, even when they had the extra man on the pitch. Time's running out for them to get an away goal.

2124: The crowd are still quiet at Hull. Can the Tigers get a goal to set up a grandstand finish?

From Jack, Liverpool, via text to 81111: "I had a bet on the first goal in the Bayern-Lyon match to be a header. What do you reckon my chances of getting paid are?"
Good I reckon, Jack. Think they might give it to Mueller in the end.

Villa goal: It's a penalty; even George Boateng cannot complain about it after he brings down James Milner inside the Hull box. The midfielder dusts himself down and dispatches the ball into the corner, sending Matt Duke the wrong way.

2120: GOAL Hull City 0-2 Aston Villa


From henrywinter on Twitter: "Hull fans furious with Dowie for taking off Cairney. Boos, chants, mutinous sounds."

From optajoe on Twitter: "Bayern Munich are the most prolific side in the last 30 minutes in this season's Champions League with 12 goals."

2114: Gabby Agbonhalor goes close to doubling Villa's advantage at Hull, but his left-foot curler is tipped over by Matt Duke. Geovanni comes on for Tom Cairney.

Bayern goal: Now the home fans are really, really happy. Arjen Robben collects the ball on the inside-right channel 40 yards out, races past one challenge and hammers in a left-foot shot from at least 30 yards that moves in the air, clips the head of Thomas Mueller and beats a wrong-footed Hugo Lloris. I fancy Mueller might claim that - but it's Robben who's changed the complexion of this tie.

2112: GOAL Bayern Munich 1-0 Lyon

2110: Arjen Robben peels away on the left of the penalty area and flings over a cross on to the head of Mario Gomez - but the striker gets his header all wrong and it's harmlessly into the arms of Hugo Lloris. Not his best attempt.

2109: Bastian Schweinsteiger hits one from just inside the Lyon box that hits Cris and flies behind for a corner. Nearly halfway through the second half, still Bayern 0-0 Lyon.

From redandblackT on 606: "This has to be the worst Champions League semi-final I've seen in a mighty long time."

2106: Bayern take Danijel Pranjic off and send on big striker Mario Gomez. This game's there to be won.

2105: It was a clash of heads between Jan Venegoor of Hesselink and Richard Dunne. Dunne has a bandage wrapped around his head, but he's fine to play on.

2103: The atmosphere at Hull has suffered as a result of that Jan Venegoor of Hesselink injury. Fingers crossed the former Celtic striker will be OK. At Bayern, Arjen Robben twists and turns and fires a shot across goal from 16 yards that flies past Hugo Lloris' left-hand post.

From Tom, via text to 81111: "Toulalan's second yellow may seem harsh but but the first was pure cynicism. He deserved red for that alone."

2100: It's Jan Venegoor of Hesselink who went down at Hull - he has been carried off very slowly on a special stretcher and there is plenty of concern for the Dutchman's welfare. Will let you know anything as soon as we find out. Jozy Altidore comes on in his place.

Red card
2058: That is controversial. Jeremy Toulalan goes in for a 50-50 with Bastian Schweinsteiger and seems to nick the ball off the Bayern man. His foot's a little high, but so it Schweinsteiger's, and to everyone's astonishment the referee shows Toulalan his second yellow card followed by a red one. He punches the tunnel on his way to the dressing-room, before the French side bring on Jean Makoun for Miralem Pjanic.

2057: RED CARD Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon)

2056: What a chance for Bayern. Philipp Lahm goes on a fine forward run from right-back, bursting into the Lyon box and pulling it back for Thomas Mueller, but the youngster falls over his own feet and cannot direct the ball goalwards.

2055: Difficult to say too much at this stage, but Hull have a player down inside the Villa box and there are some worried faces. We think it's Hull's Steven Mouyokolo, but not sure yet. Keep you posted.

Yellow card
2054: Jeremy Toulalan will be able to put his feet up for the second leg - he cynically trips up Arjen Robben on the halfway line and takes a booking for his team, ruling him out of the return.

2053: As it stands, Franck Ribery will only miss the second leg as Uefa rules only impose a one-match ban for a Champions League red card. However, European football's governing body is entitled to augment this punishment for serious offences.

2051: Danijel Pranjic hits a sweet left-foot volley from 25 yards that nearly catches Hugo Lloris out, but the keeper makes the save. At Hull, Steven Mouyokolo's effort goalwards from close-range is tipped over by Brad Friedel.

2050: The second half starts at Hull 0-1 Villa too. England coach and hero to millions Stuart Pearce is in the stand at the KC Stadium, by the way.

2048: Strange Louis van Gaal change at the break, taking off hard-working Croatian striker Ivica Olic and sending on Anatoliy Tymoschuk, a defensive midfielder. Back under way.

From matthewdbenson on Twitter: "On German SKY TV the commentators are disgusted that the referee has spoiled the game by sending off Ribery..."

From James, Horsham, via text to 81111: "Ashley Young has no impact on the game and has been utterly rubbish. Either take him off or slap him into the second half O'Neill!"

2038: Boos reverberated around the Allianz Arena when half-time came and they were exclusively for the Italian ears of referee Roberto Rosetti after he showed darling of the home faithful Franck Ribery a straight red card. When they see the replays, the Germans might want to vent their fury at their French superstar rather than the Pecetto Torinese-born whistleblower.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "You look at Hull's subs and it isn't the strongest bench in the world. There's just no creativity or invention and they need to change it. Be brave - goal difference doesn't matter to them anyway, so risk losing 2-0 or 3-0, but go for it."

2033: Half-time Hull City 0-1 Aston Villa

2033: Half-time Bayern Munich 0-0 Lyon

2031: Into first-half injury time at the KC Stadium and the Allianz Arena.

2030: Lyon can show greater attacking threat now and midfielder Kim Kallstrom hammers in a shot from 25 yards that Hans Jorg-Butt beats away from the Bayern goal.

2028: Stephen Warnock went down with an ankle injury a few minutes ago for Aston Villa and after treatment he hobbled around badly for a while - seems to be moving a bit better now though.

From Blaffert on 606: "Disgusting challenge. A decision with great guts by the referee."

2024: Lisandro, with the Bayern supporters whistling intensely, jogs back on to the pitch in Munich. If the Germans are going to reach the final, they will have to do it without arguably their best player.

Red card
2022: Franz Beckenbauer gently nods his head in the stand, and that might tell you the story. Franck Ribery loses possession and goes in over the top of the ball, crashing the studs on his right boot into the ankle of Lisandro Lopez. The Lyon striker goes down and referee Roberto Rosetti of Italy has no hesitation in sending Ribery off. It's a horrible challenge.

2022: RED CARD Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

2020: Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are bursting into life sporadically, but Robbery apart there's not much endeavour of creativity going on inside the Allianz Arena right now.

From Paul, bored in a B&B, Lincoln, via text to 81111: "Such a deflated game for a Champions League semi-final. Both Lyon and Bayern look very average. This year's winner will come from Barca vs Inter."

2015: Ederson crashes in a drive from the edge of the Bayern box but it deflects off Martin Demichelis and flies wide. From the resulting corner, Lisandro Lopez heads off target.

Yellow card
2013: Danijel Pranjic, who was the only Bayern player on a yellow card who could have missed the second leg by picking up a booking, duly fouls Maxime Gonalons and gets a caution.

From 11_giggsy_11 on 606: "Lyon are giving up possession so easily, just like United did when in the first leg. They need to get hold of the ball. They are asking for trouble, just like we did."

2009: Incredible. How did Hull not score? I don't think I'll ever know. George Boateng wins the ball back in the Villa half and Kevin Kilbane tees up Jan Venegoor of Hesselink. His shot is well saved by Brad Friedel who then saves the rebound from Kilbane - but it falls to the Irishman again and he's in front of goal with only one defender in his way, only for his shot to hit James Collins and loop on to the roof of the net. Astonishing.

2007: Lyon are all over the place, with keeper Hugo Lloris particularly wobbly. He is spraying clearances everywhere and the shaky defence in front of him is not protecting him. To add to their woes, Cris now needs some treatment.

2005: Big miss. Bayern are all over Lyon and after the French team fail to clear a long ball into their box, Arjen Robben lays it off to Ivica Olic and on his favoured left foot, he slices horribly wide from 10 yards.

2003: Brilliance. Franck Ribery ghosts fabulously between two Lyon players as he cuts in from the Bayern left, only for the Frenchman to lash a couple of yards wide from the edge of the box.

2001: Stiliyan Petrov sizzles a right-foot screamer inches wide from about 30 yards as Villa try to double their lead, while at Bayern, Bastian Schweinsteiger clips a cross in and Thomas Mueller glances a header on to the roof of the net.

2000: Lyon's France keeper Hugo Lloris comes for a corner - but gets nowhere near, and is extremely fortunate to see Bastian Schweinsteiger head wide with the goal gaping.

Villa goal: For a team with only one up front, that gives them the proverbial mountain to climb. Two catastrophic attempted clearances by Hull defenders ricochet off Villa men and the ball falls for Gabby Agbonlahor inside the Hull box on the left. The would-be World Cup star takes his time and aims a perfect shot over Matt Duke and two defenders and into the top corner. Great finish.

1958: GOAL Hull City 0-1 Aston Villa

1957: Arjen Robben slips a lovely ball in to Thomas Mueller down the Bayern left and his cross is deflected behind by Anthony Reveillere.

1955: Aston Villa's James Milner advances into the Hull half, but his 25-yard shot skews wide.

1954: Stephen Warnock miscues a clearance for Villa and the ball falls on the edge of their box to Hull's Kevin Kilbane - unfortunately on his right foot, which might explain why he blazes miles over.

From afootballreport on Twitter: "Excited to see Ivica Olic, or as I like to call him, "The Rich Man's Paul Dickov" run riot tonight. His work ethic is unreal."

1949: Very slow, deliberate start in the Allianz Arena with Bayern dominating possession and Lyon lying very deep, waiting to hit their hosts on the break.

1947: Decent start from Villa but they slightly muck up a free-kick which ends with Carlos Cuellar heading Stewart Downing's cross into the arms of Matt Duke.

1946: And the German side get us started in Munich for Bayern v Lyon in their Champions League semi-final.

1945: Under way at the KC Stadium.

1943: Teams come out of tunnels in Munich and Hull and we're very close to getting under way.

Assistant to the Temporary Football Manager Consultant at Hull City, Tim Flowers: "It'll be a tense end to the season, but we've got three games at home and we feel like it's in our hands. We've got a chance and we need to stick to the gameplan."

1938: I should have mentioned that both of tonight's games kick off at 1945 BST, so in about seven minutes time. Also, there are no Football League games at all, so you won't be getting any lower division updates. Sorry.

1936: Have you sent us a photo of yourself with a World Cup star of 2010? If so, you could appear in our BBC Sport's World Cup Photo Album! If you haven't pinged us a pic yet and you're in or near Germany on Thursday, 22 April, World Cup hosts South Africa are taking on North Korea in Frankfurt - we want your mug shots! Email them to, or send them to us via Flickr (where there are some examples of what we mean, should you be at all confused) but for goodness sake, check the BBC terms and conditions first.

From Mr George Banjo on 606: "Hoping for a Hull win tonight, but that means I have to rely on Iain Dowie, so it's not really going to happen is it?"

1930: Stevo's Predos:
Bayern Munich 2-1 Lyon
Hull City 1-1 Aston Villa

From NReevesAber on Twitter: "Looking at the tie, looks like Bayern Munich may have too much midfield firepower for Lyon in Ribery et al."

From Dan the Norwich fan, via text to 81111: "Whoa whoa whoa, that's a pretty bold opening statement. The last two times Barca lost the first leg of a Champions League tie 3-1, they went on to beat Dinamo Kiev 4-1 and Chelsea 5-1."

1919: To underline: Hull and Villa are both unchanged.

1917: Luckily for Iain Dowie, he isn't even manager at Hull; he's Temporary Football Manager Consultant, according to the club's official website. Whatever his moniker, he needs a win tonight, and if it comes about it will be by playing one up front at home in a must-win game. Think he's crazy? "People can ask for two strikers," said Dowie. "And that's fine when strikers are scoring, but ours have got nine goals between them all season. If we just attack Villa, it's suicide."

1914: I hear Martin O'Neill has named an unchanged side for the trip to Hull. Isn't that part of the problem with Aston Villa? They just don't have enough first-team players, do they? Though if O'Neill did have a bigger squad, he'd probably just be accused of tinkering like poor old Claudio Ranieri used to. Can't win can they, managers?

1911: Bayern Munich are without suspended pair Mark van Bommel and Holger Badstuber. Danijel Pranjic replaces skipper Van Bommel in midfield, while Diego Armando Contento is at left-back. Ivica Olic gets the nod up front, so Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose have to make do with seats on the bench. Lyon, who have seven players on yellow cards, include key striker Lisandro Lopez after he shook off a knock. Jean Makoun is fit enough to make the bench, but Jean-Alain Boumsong and Mathieu Bodmer are both banned, so Jeremy Toulalan steps into defence, with Kim Kallstrom replacing him in midfield.

From henrywinter on Twitter: "Mark Cullen, 17-year-old Geordie kid, on Hull bench. Club v.excited about his prospects, prolific striker in reserves."

From Anon (but whoever it is, you are an absolute legend), via text to 81111: "See 1901 - it gets better, his middle name is Armando, same forenames as Maradona!"

1903: Hull City v Aston Villa line-ups:
Duke, McShane, Sonko, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Fagan, Cairney, Boateng, Kilbane, Bullard, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Subs: Myhill, Barmby, Altidore, Geovanni, Cullen, Cooper, Olofinjana.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew.
Subs: Guzan, Luke Young, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Heskey, Reo-Coker, Beye.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1901: Is it really that childish that I'm so happy to see the name Diego Contento on the Bayern teamsheet this evening? Brilliant name.

1900: Battle of Bavaria + Humdinger in Hull = potential for excitement. Don't miss out: Tweet @Stevo_football; text 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and debate up on 606. I want chat.

1856: Bayern Munich v Lyon line-ups:
Bayern Munich:
Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Contento, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Pranjic, Ribery, Muller, Olic.
Subs: Rensing, Altintop, Gorlitz, Klose, Alaba, Gomez, Tymoschuk.
Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Toulalan, Cissokho, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Ederson, Pjanic, Delgado, Lopez.
Subs: Vercoutre, Michel Bastos, Govou, Makoun, Gomis, Anderson, Gassama.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

1855: Hull City and Aston Villa fans won't need me to tell them there's also an enormous fixture in the Premier League this evening. For the Tigers, three points adrift of safety, it represents a crucial chance to drag West Ham back into the relegation scrap at the bottom. For Villa, only three points will do as they seek to maintain their slim hopes of finishing fourth and bagging that final Champions League berth for next season. Should be a humdinger.

1852: Lyon won't be over-awed by a couple of big names, though - oh no. After all, this is the team that dumped the new Galacticos of Real Madrid out of the competition in the round of 16 thanks in part to a hugely gutsy 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu. They've got some decent players themselves in the likes of Hugo Loris, Jeremy Toulalan, Miralem Pjanic and Lisandro Lopez, and the underdogs are always very dangerous in this competition. Bayern know that better than anyone after doing for Fergie's boys.

1848: Robbery is top of the agenda on this particular Champions League night - and for once, we're not talking about a Liverpool footballer having his home broken into while on club duty. No, *Robbery* is what the German press have dubbed Bayern's wing wonders Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery; the men who helped send Manchester United crashing out of Europe before the semi-final stage for the first time since 2005/06.

1845: So, who wants to play Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the Champions League final then? As the great Loyd Grossman might say - Bayern Munich and Lyon, it's over to you.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 35 54 77
2 Man Utd 35 51 76
3 Arsenal 35 39 71
4 Tottenham 34 28 64
5 Man City 34 27 62
6 Aston Villa 35 15 61
7 Liverpool 35 24 59
8 Everton 35 9 54
9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
10 Fulham 34 -2 43
11 Stoke 34 -4 43
12 Blackburn 35 -16 43
13 Sunderland 35 -7 41
14 Bolton 35 -25 35
15 Wigan 35 -33 35
16 Wolves 35 -23 34
17 West Ham 35 -19 31
18 Hull 35 -40 28
19 Burnley 35 -37 27
20 Portsmouth 35 -33 15

see also
Wednesday's football photos
21 Apr 10 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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