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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 21:33 GMT
Lyon 7-2 Werder Bremen
Lyon win 10-2 on aggregate

Goalscorers Sylvian Wiltord (left) and Michael Essien
Sylvain Wiltord scored a hat-trick as Lyon thrashed Werder Bremen to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lyon were 3-0 up from the first leg and that was soon doubled as Wiltord scored before Michael Essien netted a brace.

Johan Micoud pulled one back from close range and after Wiltord lofted home, Valerien Ismael's penalty made it 4-2.

But Florent Malouda fired home a fine drive before Wiltord volleyed in his third and Jeremy Berthod netted a late penalty to complete the rout.

The ex-Arsenal striker set the tone for a jubilant night for Lyon as his early strike all but ended Bremen's faint hopes of an unlikely comeback.

The Frenchman latched on to Florent Malouda's incisive through-ball and finished past Andreas Reinke into the corner of the net.

Essien's first came just nine minutes later, a sweetly-struck left foot shot which flew low past Reinke and into the net.

Bremen almost pulled one back just before the half hour as Ismael headed a corner against the crossbar, but it was Lyon who were celebrating moments later.

Essien's second was a delight, as he skipped through two challenges before skillfully rounding Reinke and slotting home.

Micoud's close-range goal two minutes later stemmed the flow, although the match was long since over as a contest.

And Lyon re-emphasised their dominance after the break as Wiltord added his second, lifting the ball over Reinke after Sydney Govou's pass.

To their credit, the Germans kept attacking and Ismael netted from the spot after Lamine Diatta felled Petri Pasenen inside the box.

But their misery was not over - Malouda crashed home a shot inside the box before Wiltord completed his hat-trick with a smart finish after a great cross from Govou.

And with eight minutes to go, Berthod scored from the spot to complete a memorable night for the French side.

  • Lyon coach Paul Le Guen:
    "We have eliminated a very good side and I'm very proud of my guys.

    "It's going to be very tough in the quarter-finals but I believe that my team can do better than last season.

    "We were in the last eight and we won the (French) title (in 2004). We are in the last eight again and we are chasing another title. I only hope that we will be capable to do better."

  • Werder coach Thomas Schaaf:
    "It is unbelievably disappointing. One can always lose a match, especially when one plays three strikers, but to lose by so much is just not on.

    "We were never there for the one on one challenges and always too far from the man with the ball.

    "Lyon are definitely a good team but they will never come across as easy an opponent as us."

    Lyon: Coupet, Cris (Clement 62), Berthold, Abidal, Diatta, Diarra, Essien, Juninho, Malouda, Wiltord (Nilmar 67), Govou (Frau 74).
    Subs Not Used: Puydebois, Bergougnoux, Gomez, Benzema.

    Booked: Berthold, Malouda.

    Goals: Wiltord 8, Essien 17, 29, Wiltord 54, Malouda 60, Wiltord 63, Berthold 78.

    Werder Bremen: Reinke, Ismael, Pasanen, Baumann, Ernst, Stalteri (Davala 73), Micoud, Magnin, Klose (Borowski 46), Klasnic (Fahrenhorst 69), Haedo Valdez.
    Subs Not Used: Walke, Hunt, Jensen, Schulz.

    Booked: Klasnic, Haedo Valdez.

    Goals: Micoud 31, Ismael 57 pen.

    Att: 37,000

    Ref: Valentin Ivanov (Russia).

    Irish TimesBremen brushed aside - 32 hrs ago UEFA Champions LeagueWiltord leads Lyon procession - 33 hrs ago
    Independent Wiltord hits hat-trick as Lyon cruise through - 34 hrs ago
    Sporting Life Lyon 7 Werder Bremen 2 (Agg: 10-2) - 36 hrs ago
    Sky Sports Kings of Lyon - 37 hrs ago
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