Juninho ends PSV home run
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon took a major step in reaching the quarter finals with a 1-0 win at PSV Eindhoven.Lyon took a major step in reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter finals with an important 1-0 win at PSV Eindhoven.
Juninho Pernambucano's brilliant free kick strike midway through the second half ended PSV's unbeaten home run of 31 matches, which dates back to December 2004.
The French champions were made to work hard for the result after Sidney Govou was sent off late on and PSV substitute Arouna Kone hit the post just before the end.
Lyon boss Gerard Houllier was without the defensive trio of Claudio Cacapa, Anthony Reveillere and Sylvain Monsoreau for Tuesday's first leg encounter in Holland.
PSV counterpart Guus Hiddink, meanwhile, left striker Kone on the substitutes' bench, as he opted to play with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink with in-form Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan in attack.
In cool conditions at the Philips Stadion, a scrappy and competitive first half saw plenty of chances at both ends.
It was PSV that nearly took an early lead when Vennegoor of Hesselink headed Ibrahim Afellay's cross from the left at the near post, but Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet did brilliantly to knock it away.
The Dutch champions then nearly allowed their French counterparts to claim the advantage when PSV's Michael Lamey played a woeful back pass to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
With Govou baring down on the PSV custodian, Gomes was able to clear just in time.
Florent Malouda then wasted another chance for Lyon from Gomes's poor clearance, as his run into the PSV box resulted in a poorly-played cutback pass.
PSV went close again after being rewarded with a free kick for Tiago's foul on Farfan, as Brazilian centre back Alex swerved a right-foot set-piece off Coupet's crossbar.
Seconds later, Gomes was forced to tip over Juninho's looping free kick from distance over the crossbar.
The French champions finally got striker John Carew in the action when the big Norwegian headed a cross from the left wide before Govou struck just over the PSV crossbar moments later.
At the other end, Lyon's Francois Clerc did well to clear Farfan's dangerous far-post cross from the right, with Vennegoor of Hesselink lurking close by, before Timmy Simons caused a bit of panic with a cross that eluded everyone in the Lyon box from the ensuing corner.
Lyon captain Juninho has tormented many a side with his free kicks this season, but the Brazilian failed to test compatriot Gomes with a first-half effort.
Carew, on the other hand, was unlucky not to hit the target with a rasping strike that flashed across Gomes's goal following a good run down the right flank.
Vennegoor of Hesselink remained a threat for the Dutch champions and he went close again with another header, glancing Jason Culina's neat cross just wide of Coupet's far post.
It was Lyon's turn moments later, but both Cris and Tiago failed to connect with Malouda's corner from the right after being left unmarked at the far post.
The half ended with France international Coupet making an assured save from a Lamey shot.
The second half started with Sylvain Wiltord replacing Cris at the break and his presence brought a period of dominance from the visitors.
John Carew struck just wide of Gomes's goal with a close-range effort before former Arsenal man Wiltord missed the target with a similar effort.
Mahamadou Diarra then tested Gomes with a right-foot strike before Carew went close with a header from Wiltord's corner from the left.
Gomes made a complete mess of his attempt to punch the ball away and PSV substitute Ismael Aissati was forced to clear the Norwegian's header off the goal line.
Yet, the Ligue 1 leaders would not be denied, as Juninho made good with a third free kick attempt from about 30 yards out on 65 minutes.
The South American talent brilliantly bended his set-piece over a three-man PSV wall before deceiving Gomes, as the ball struck the diving keeper off his thigh before nestling in the back on the net for 1-0.
Houllier's men were full value for their lead - based on their second half display - and Brazilian substitute Fred brought another good save out of Gomes with a fierce strike.
Yet, with Lyon seemingly in control, they were reduced to ten men after Govou received a second yellow card for his challenge on PSV captain Philip Cocu with ten minute remaining.
The sending off revitalised PSV, who looked second best most of the second half, and they were unlucky not to pull level in the dying stages through substitute Kone.
After a long ball into the Lyon box, the Ivory Coast international latched onto a Vennegoor of Hesselink flick and beat the oncoming Coupet, but with the goal at his mercy, Kone struck his right-foot shot against the post.
It was a real let-off for Lyon, who held on to take a one-goal advantage back to Stade de Gerland for the second leg in a fortnight's time.
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|PSV Eindhoven||Team Statistics||Lyon|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||6|
|5||Shots off Target||9|