Olympique Lyonnais went down 2-0 at home to Real Madrid on Match Day 4 of the Champions League. Qualification for the knockout stages of the competition will be decided in the final two matches group against Ajax Amsterdam and Dinamo Zagreb.
After their heavy 4-0 loss at the Estadio Bernabeu two weeks ago, Les Lyonnais were looking to show a little more resistance at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday. It was a sell-out crowd once again, just four days after the derby win over Saint-Etienne.
Lyon took the game to their rivals in the early stages and Jimmy Briand had the first shot of the match, without forcing Casillas into action (4'). Ronaldo then tried his luck with a long-range effort that Hugo Lloris dealt with comfortably (7'). The France 'keeper then produced a magnificent save to deny former OL striker Karim Benzema. Slowly, Real took control of the proceedings. Les Gones conceded another free-kick on the edge of the area and Cristiano Ronaldo beat Lloris to open the scoring (24'). Kim Källström then tried to chip Casillas, but the Spanish 'keeper claimed it at the second attempt (28'). The speed of the Liga giants had the Olympians on the back foot. Injured, Dejan Lovren was replaced by Bako Koné before the break (38'). Les Gones created a couple of half chances before the interval, but the final ball was lacking.
At the start of the second half, the home side showed plenty of renewed ambition, winning possession and attacking quickly. Bafé Gomis and Co. just couldn't find that goal to get back on level terms, despite the best efforts of Ederson (67'). Real then profited from a generous penalty award to put the result beyond doubt as Ronaldo stepped up for his second of the evening (69'). Hugo Lloris then produced another brilliant save to deny Higuain, who had replaced Benzema. Briand then hit the crossbar from a Yoann Gourcuff corner (78'), as Rémi Garde's side pushed for a deserved goal. Kim Källström then sent a free-kick flashing just wide (86') and Jimmy Briand couldn't get the better of Casillas, one-on-one. The ball just didn't want to go in. Qualification for the last 16 will now be played out in the final two group games against Ajax Amsterdam and Dinamo Zagreb.