LYON TAMED BY LATE STRIKES
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It was Lyon that should have and could have been in the driving seat before Kluivert headed the home side into the lead in the 80th-minute.
Sidney Govou had missed a glorious chance to open the scoring, when he was played in by Pegguy Luyindula and having out-sprinted Carles Puyol his strike on goal was more a backpass to Roberto Bonano, who gathered gratefully.
Luyindula was pulling the strings for the visitors and his perfectly weighted pass found Pierre Laigle free in the area with 20 minutes to go, but the French international got the ball stuck under his feet and he shot straight at Bonano.
However, poor finishing was not confined to the French team as Rivaldo, who was back in the Barca side, missed two chances that on other days he would have buried. Gregory Coupet was superb in the Lyon net and he saved well from the Brazilian after a bizarre own-goal attempt by Cacapa that flew over the keeper, who just managed to get his head to it to direct the ball onto the crossbar.
Following up, Rivaldo had too much time to place his header and Coupet recovered to save.
Eventually the playmaker had a chance to atone for his errors in the 87th-minute after Edmilson was harshly adjudged to have pushed Kluivert, and Rivaldo made the game safe from the resulting penalty
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen continued their 100 percent start to the competition with a 2-1 win over Turkish side Fenerbahce.
It was the visitors that took a shock sixth-minute lead through Israeli star Haim Revivo but the Germans fought back and Brazilian striker Lucio levelled the scoring with ten minutes to go in the first half.
Nikola Lazetic put Revivo in the clear down the right and the playmaker sprinted into the box before curling a wicked effort into the top corner.
Lucio's effort was far more direct, with Michael Ballack setting him up on the edge of the area and the striker driving home with some power.
The game swung on Samuel Johnson's dismissal, the Fenerbahce defender sent off in the 37th-minute after receiving his second yellow card, which left all the momentum going the direction of the Germans. Indeed indiscipline by the Turks, that saw them collect nine bookings in the game, could conceivable have cost them the match.
On the hour-mark Ballack eventually made the numerical difference count with the eventual winner.
Jens Nowotny's cross was headed down by veteran striker Ulf Kirsten for Ballack to lunge at the ball and send it into the roof of the net.
Much of the rest of the game was a battle as the bookings continued to flow, but Bayer were always in control and they top the group with nine points from three games.
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