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Lyon   1 - 1   Liverpool

Ryan Babel strikes the rocket of a shot which put Liverpool ahead in their 1-1 draw at Lyon
Babel's stunning goal was not enough for a Liverpool win

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool conceded a 90th-minute goal at Lyon to leave their Champions League hopes hanging in the balance.

Substitute Ryan Babel had put the Reds ahead late on with a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner.

But some sloppy defending allowed Lisandro through on goal and he calmly dinked a shot over Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina to dramatically equalise.

Lyon are now in the last 16 but the Reds are five points behind second-placed Fiorentina with two games to go.

Liverpool have to beat Debrecen and Fiorentina, while hoping other results go their way to stand a chance of reaching the last 16.

The situation should have been a lot more promising for the visitors but they were guilty of wasting a number of chances in a match they dominated against Lyon at the Stade Gerland.

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Andriy Voronin was the culprit of the most glaring miss, while Fernando Torres, who was nursing a hernia problem, and Lucas Leiva also failed to turn Liverpool's superiority into goals.

It seemed like Babel had grabbed a winner with his late strike but the defensive vulnerability which has dogged Liverpool's season so far struck at the worst possible time to let Lisandro in and break the visitors' hearts.

Liverpool were already battling for Champions League survival going into the game and the Anfield club's manager Rafael Benitez had wanted his side to show confidence, character and belief.

He had also drawn on the club's anthem of You'll Never Walk Alone, as well as a record which has seen the Reds win on their last four visits to France to try to motivate his players.

And the Liverpool players gradually started to show the qualities demanded of them after a tentative start.

Torres had their first chance but he sidefooted straight at Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris from 12 yards after a low Emiliano Insua cross was deflected into his path.

Another Insua cross came off Yossi Benayoun for Dirk Kuyt and he steered a shot which would have dipped under the Lyon crossbar but for Lloris to again rescue his side by tipping the ball over.

Liverpool's control of the game grew as the tie progressed and they should have converted it into a goal when Voronin was presented with a glorious chance.

Javier Mascherano's quick-thinking and vision saw him release the Ukrainian clean through on goal with a long free-kick over the top but Voronin shot straight at Lloris.

And, while the profligacy would have frustrated Benitez, the signs were encouraging from a Liverpool side with an air of the walking wounded about them because of a severe injury crisis.

However, Lyon also had their problems with right-back Anthony Reveillere and midfielder Miralem Pjanic having to go off injured as the home side struggled to make an impact.

Liverpool and Lucas should have taken advantage but Lloris brilliantly saved to his left as the Brazilian tried to curl as shot around him.

The ball was cleared off the line from Kuyt's overhead kick from the follow-up as the urgency of the visitors' situation saw them push forward in greater numbers.

Reina crucially produced a save from Lisandro after confusion between Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Daniel Agger to keep Liverpool in it before Babel's stunning intervention.

The Reds had to hold on for about 10 minutes but failed to do so and now face failing to progress from the initial group stage for the first time since 2002/2003.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Lyon 1-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Lopez 90
  • Babel 83

Lyon

  • 01 Lloris
  • 03 Cris
  • 13 Reveillere (Gassama 18)
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 06 Kallstrom
  • 07 Michel Bastos
  • 08 Pjanic (Ederson 40)
  • 17 Makoun
  • 28 Toulalan
  • 09 Lopez yellow card
  • 18 Gomis (Govou 73)

Substitutes

  • 30 Vercoutre,
  • 32 Gassama,
  • 10 Ederson,
  • 41 Gonalons,
  • 14 Govou,
  • 19 Delgado,
  • 29 Tafer

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: De BleeckereAtt: 39,180
LYON
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Lyon 58%
  • Liverpool 42%

Attempts on target

  • Lyon 6
  • Liverpool 8

Attempts off target

  • Lyon 7
  • Liverpool 2

Corners

  • Lyon 2
  • Liverpool 5

Fouls

  • Lyon 11
  • Liverpool 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:08 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+1:04 Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Aly Cissokho. Kim Kallstrom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
  • 89:44 Assist on the goal came from Cristiano Cris.
  • 89:44 GOAL - Lisandro LopezLyon 1 - 1 Liverpool Lisandro Lopez scores a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Lyon 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 89:02 David Ngog handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jeremy Toulalan takes the free kick.
  • 88:31 Ryan Babel produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 88:04 The referee blows for offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
  • 86:42 Substitution David Ngog on for Fernando Torres.
  • 84:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristiano Cris on Fernando Torres. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Babel.
  • 82:37 GOAL - Ryan BabelLyon 0 - 1 Liverpool Ryan Babel finds the back of the net with a fantastic goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Lyon 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 81:25 Corner taken by Fernandes Michel Bastos from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Babel.
  • 80:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Honorato Ederson by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kim Kallstrom.
  • 78:07 Lisandro Lopez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 75:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Mascherano on Lisandro Lopez. Direct free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
  • 74:13 Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Blocked by Honorato Ederson.
  • 73:43 Honorato Ederson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
  • 73:04 Volleyed left-footed shot by Lisandro Lopez. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 72:25 Emiliano Insua takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:25 Substitution Sidney Govou on for Bafetimbi Gomis.
  • 72:25 Honorato Ederson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres.
  • 71:46 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Cris. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
  • 70:42 Honorato Ederson produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 69:42 Unfair challenge on Honorato Ederson by Javier Mascherano results in a free kick. Fernandes Michel Bastos produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jose Reina.
  • 69:04 Corner taken by Ryan Babel from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 68:28 Shot from 12 yards by Dirk Kuyt. Clearance made by Aly Cissokho.
  • 67:59 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
  • 67:03 Substitution Ryan Babel joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andriy Voronin.
  • 62:15 Corner taken by Kim Kallstrom from the right by-line, Dirk Kuyt manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:16 Andriy Voronin concedes a free kick for a foul on Bafetimbi Gomis. Kim Kallstrom produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 56:29 A cross is delivered by Aly Cissokho, Fernandes Michel Bastos produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
  • 51:33 Foul by Jean Makoun on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
  • 48:19 Emiliano Insua is penalised for a handball. Lamine Gassama restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:50 Aly Cissokho crosses the ball, Shot on goal by Honorato Ederson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • Correction - 45:56 Honorato Ederson fouled by Emiliano Insua, the ref awards a free kick. Jean Makoun takes the free kick.
  • 45:56 Andriy Voronin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Honorato Ederson. Jean Makoun takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:07 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+1:29 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Blocked by Fernandes Michel Bastos.
  • 45:00+0:55 Corner taken right-footed by Yossi Benayoun, clearance by Jeremy Toulalan.
  • 44:52 Jeremy Toulalan challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andriy Voronin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Bafetimbi Gomis.
  • 43:14 The ball is crossed by Andriy Voronin, save made by Hugo Lloris.
  • 42:58 Corner taken by Andriy Voronin from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Fernandes Michel Bastos.
  • 41:54 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.
  • 39:29 Substitution Honorato Ederson replaces Miralem Pjanic.
  • 35:18 Fernandes Michel Bastos takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
  • Correction - 34:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernandes Michel Bastos on Andriy Voronin. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
  • 34:40 Cristiano Cris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andriy Voronin. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
  • 33:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andriy Voronin on Jeremy Toulalan. Free kick taken by Jeremy Toulalan.
  • 33:23 Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
  • 33:23 Booking Lisandro Lopez booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:16 Unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Lisandro Lopez results in a free kick.
  • 32:34 Free kick taken by Cristiano Cris.
  • 32:34 Booking The referee cautions Daniel Agger for unsporting behaviour.
  • 32:26 Bafetimbi Gomis fouled by Daniel Agger, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 30:11 Lisandro Lopez concedes a free kick for a foul on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:50 Andriy Voronin takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.
  • 27:35 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jeremy Toulalan results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Cris by Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Cristiano Cris.
  • 23:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Lisandro Lopez. Kim Kallstrom takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:54 Substitution Lamine Gassama on for Anthony Reveillere.
  • 16:37 Corner taken by Andriy Voronin from the left by-line to the near post, Yossi Benayoun produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 16:18 Effort from 12 yards by Dirk Kuyt. Hugo Lloris makes a brilliant save.
  • 15:44 Foul by Aly Cissokho on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:55 Bafetimbi Gomis has an effort at goal. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 13:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernandes Michel Bastos. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:05 Foul by Jamie Carragher on Lisandro Lopez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aly Cissokho.
  • 11:39 Corner taken by Andriy Voronin, clearance by Jeremy Toulalan.
  • 11:26 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Hugo Lloris.
  • 10:22 Shot from just outside the box by Jean Makoun goes over the bar.
  • 4:30 Foul by Jamie Carragher on Lisandro Lopez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Miralem Pjanic, clearance by Leiva Lucas.
  • 4:08 Foul by Jamie Carragher on Lisandro Lopez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kim Kallstrom.
  • 3:10 Fernandes Michel Bastos takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 2:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jean Makoun. Dirk Kuyt takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:50 Fernando Torres challenges Jeremy Toulalan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cristiano Cris.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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4 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 4-1 AZ Alkmaar R
Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Inter Milan R
Fiorentina 5-2 Debrecen R
Lyon 1-1 Liverpool R
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Sevilla 1-1 VfB Stuttgart R
Standard Liege 2-0 Olympiakos R
Unirea Urziceni 1-1 Rangers R

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Hamann urges Reds to back Benitez
02 Nov 09 |  Liverpool
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30 Oct 09 |  Liverpool
Liverpool 1-2 Lyon
20 Oct 09 |  Europe


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