Kallstrom joy at last-four spot
Kim Kallstrom was delighted to help Lyon to a first UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Last Updated: 07/04/10 11:01pm
Lyon midfielder Kim Kallstrom has admitted his delight at helping his club to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.
The French club defeated domestic rivals Bordeaux 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals despite losing Wednesday's second leg to a Marouane Chamakh goal at Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Lyon's progress banished the heartbreak of defeats to Porto, PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan in the last eight in recent years and so sparked wild celebrations.
And Kallstrom was understandably pleased to book a semi-final date with Bayern Munich, who conquered Manchester United on away goals.
The 2006 signing from Rennes told Sky Sports 2: "It is the first time in the club's history that we are coming through so it is a great night for us.
"It was difficult, but we defended really well and over the two games I think it is well deserved."
He added: "Of course we felt the pressure, but in the end it was pretty cool anyway so it is a wonderful evening for us."
Lyon were grateful for a brilliant late save from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as the France No.1 tipped away a Wendel header.
Kallstrom believes the shot-stopper, who was superb in the first leg against Bordeaux, only enhanced his reputation with the save.
The Sweden international said of his club-mate: "He is the best goalkeeper in France, maybe in Europe and the world, so we are extremely pleased to have him."
Lyon manager Claude Puel was also thankful for the excellence of Lloris after watching his side hang on at times in the west of France.
"We were under a fair bit of pressure in the first half, but in the second half Bordeaux's rhythm dipped slightly," said Puel.
"Our goalkeeper kept us in it on a few occasions."