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Posted by Mark Lomas on 04/21/2010

Robben was Bayern's matchwinner once more
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Franck Ribery did his best to steal the spotlight from Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben against Lyon, but it is the Dutchman who will be making all the headlines after he capped a sparkling display with a long-range winner, to give Louis van Gaal’s side the advantage going into the second leg in France next week.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Lyon: Match Report
Bayern shocked by Ribery red

Perhaps Ribery felt that his team-mate had been getting too much attention lately; Robben has been overshadowing the Frenchman for a while now. The Flying Dutchman scored the crucial away goal against Fiorentina in the Champions League last-16, before repeating the feat against Manchester United in the quarter-finals. And while Robben netted a hat-trick in the 7-0 demolition of Hanover in Bayern's last league game, Ribery failed to find the net.

Against Lyon, Ribery lost his cool and was appropriately punished – receiving a red card for an over-the-top challenge on Lisandro Lopez. Having been at the centre of the furore surrounding French child prostitution scandal, for which the Bayern star and national team-mate Sidney Govou have been called as witnesses, Ribery had attracted plenty of negative attention. That is sure to continue after the tackle that prompted his dismissal.

Ribery has frequently been linked with a big-money move away from Bayern over the past 18 months – apparently seeking a transfer to a club that will afford him a better chance of lifting Champions League silverware. Ironically, his current side are now in pole position to make the Bernabeu final, but Ribery will have to watch from the stands after his moment of tempestuousness.

It is surely Robben, not Ribery, who Bayern should be desperately trying to convince to stay.

Before his sending-off, Ribery showed glimpses of excellence with some smart turns and touches but his delivery from set-pieces was poor. Robben, on the other hand, dazzled throughout. A constant threat with an electric turn of pace and intricate footwork, he was rewarded for his persistency with the winning goal, his 17th strike in the last 19 games. It was a speculative effort that took a definite deflection off Thomas Muller’s head but it mattered little who netted - it was exactly what Bayern deserved.

Claude Puel’s Lyon side looked a shadow of the side that dumped Bordeaux and Real Madrid out in the previous two rounds, and who defeated Liverpool home and away in the group stage. But it wasn’t anything new. They have flattered to deceive all season in the league and while Bayern have come good in the end domestically, sitting top of the Bundesliga with three games remaining, Lyon lie third in Ligue 1 with no chance of catching table-toppers Marseille.

Lyon were dire in the away leg against Bordeaux and, despite being handed a golden opportunity to take control of this game following Ribery’s dismissal, they were woeful again. The first time left-back Aly Cissokho got into Bayern’s final third was deep into the second half and a hardworking Lisandro was feeding on scraps.

Bayern came out in the second-half looking like the team with 11, while Lyon stayed on the back foot. Not content with that, they decided to make it a fair 10 v10 when key man Jeremy Toulalan saw red for two bookings in less than five minutes – the second could have been deemed a tad unfortunate.

That was just the inspiration Bayern needed to step it up a notch and Robben took the bull by the horns, menacing the Lyon defence until he was substituted, much to his dismay, minutes before the final whistle. Gomez and Schweinsteiger squandered chances to put the game beyond doubt and a lacklustre Lyon, possibly suffering from their long coach journey to Munich, were let off the hook.

Lyon will need to be a very different proposition at the Stade Gerland next week if they are to have any chance of progressing. Having won every match (apart from a 1-1 draw with Liverpool) at home in the Champions League this season, they certainly have the credentials and will be hoping to exploit the travel sickness of a Bayern side who have lost three times on the road in Europe this campaign.


Posted by drogoul on 04/21/2010

i'm not worried about ribery missing the second leg, but is there any chance he could miss the CL final, assuming bayern go through?

Posted by apoll11 on 04/21/2010

Depends on whether the referee books it as a foul or an assault. If it is the latter, there will be an investigation, concerning the length of the ban.

I honestly doubt that the ref will count it as an assault, and german media already stated, that it will most likely be declared as a rough foul. So Ribery should be fine for the (possible) final.

But then again, you never know.

Posted by bill on 04/21/2010

Even without Ribery, it's hard to imagine that Bayern won't get on the scoreboard at Lyon. If they get one, it will force three from Lyon.

Despite their sketchy road results, I think Bayern are through.

Posted by FCTejas on 04/21/2010

Cheers. Great read.

Posted by BVBforever on 04/21/2010

I agree, good read. And I'm happy for Bayern even though I'm really not a big fan. Anyways, Bayern are gonna lose at Lyon 2-1 and then beat Inter in penalties. The way Ribery has played in recent weeks, they won't have a tough time replacing him.

Posted by kaz on 04/21/2010

well i think Ribery got he wanted after asking the referee to show Rafael red card in their match against Man utd,God never sleeps and am sure he Ribery will be ashamed of what he did against man utd.

Posted by eddy on 04/21/2010

why would ribery be suspeded for the final if they would eventually make it there? its only a red card and a one game suspension, right?

Posted by bayernisCRAP on 04/22/2010

bayern is crap. they're such a waste time. what's the point of struggling so much when in the end its either barca or inter thats gonna be the champion.

Posted by tragedie on 04/22/2010

so far,2 out of the 2 teams who had to travel by road lost. Let's see how Fulham and Liverpool fare

Posted by jhon on 04/22/2010

Fifa knew everything about the ref.. he was involve in a MATCH-FIXING in Italy in 2006. So for me this a crazy-money decision for FIFA, they already know who is going to be the Champion.. I still remember the game Barcelona vs Chelsea in 2009 in England.

Posted by Ashvath Singh on 04/22/2010

Ribery is not sidelined by Robben's talent. He just lost control and was sent off which I feel deserved a yellow card. Robben had gotten lucky. Even then I feel Phlip Lahm was doing the most brilliant job from the Bayern side. But it was a good article.

Posted by Mark on 04/22/2010

Real shame Lyon let themselves down after the good work in the past 2 rounds. No offence to a great Bayern side and to Robben in particular, but to have a French team in the UCL final at long last will be a nice change.

That said, all 4 teams left would make great champions. I just hope it is Barcelona!

Posted by ivo gonsalves on 04/22/2010

robben is my player he is too much for the others very good keep it up rob rob...........

Posted by sherry on 04/22/2010

poor ribery....but hope he not missing the Champions League final.

Posted by Dan on 04/22/2010

Shouldn't the volcano get some credit for the visiting teams playing such sluggish games. Barcelona seemed off their game against Inter (Messi's name was hardly mentioned) and Lyon played like they were down a man the entire game.

If Bayern and Inter get to fly to their second legs it has to be a big advantage over a 2 day coach ride.

Posted by Romanus on 04/22/2010

I think people need to start to give praise to Bastian. We spend a lot of time talking about Ribery and Robben but I think without Van Bommel and when Bayern went 1 player down, his contribution became very evident. He is not Xavi by any chance but I think he suits Bayern's style really well. In 2-3 years, Bayern might just have a player who combines Effenberg and Ballack on the field!

Posted by raja on 04/22/2010

What goes around comes around , just let Ribery knows that what he did to Rafael will eventually get to him . Now it is his turn to get sent off . Cheers .

Posted by sher on 04/22/2010

Robben is way better than ribery imo.

Posted by Longbones on 04/22/2010

Ribery's got no sportmanship attitude.he plays like a tout/miscreant.recall vs man utd,e retaliated against rafael & still protested that d lad b booked 4 a 2nd time! C'mon,no spirit of fair play from such a pro-baller!.

Posted by Roman Beck on 04/22/2010

Lyon played as though they never had any intention of scoring. Their forwards were often 10 to 20 yards below the midfield line, even in prime counter-attacking situations. They "parked the bus" and hoped for a 0-0 draw. I can't imagine Lloris staying at Lyon, with Man U and BM as more attractive suitors. Look for Van Bommel to be man of the match on Tuesday. Also, Van Buyten and Demichelis were excellent, virtually error-free today.

Posted by Raizzen on 04/22/2010

Its karma doing its thing baby. HAHAHAHA. At least Rafael was yellowed twice.

Posted by Frank on 04/22/2010

Am not worried if ribery wil miss d second leg bt am more concerned wit d final.rem dat d devil van bommel is coming nd am sure dat wit schweinstiger beside him,lyon,s attack wil be useless.

Posted by Serjik Elyasian on 04/22/2010

In his day, Robben is as good as messi or Ronaldo. Injuries have deprived him his true greatness. This year, he has been almost injury free and his briliance has lifted Bayern to new heights. He can lead Bayern to CL trophy. In World Cup if Brasil, Argentina and Holland finish 1-st in their groups; then there is the chance for Robben to meet Brasil in quarter final, and then Argentina in semi final. Could soccer be anymore exciting watching Robben's Holland against Messi's Argentina?!!

Posted by choice on 04/22/2010

all d thanzz goes to u robben 4 proving them wrong........... bayern 4 life

Posted by Alis on 04/22/2010

Well Bayern are always consistent in CL, Ribary is a huge blow but i think Bayernn can manage it. Also Lyon is a VG team & they have shown us that in recent Yrs in CL. so Best of luck for the 2nd leg & do hope it'll be a super match.

Posted by Abubakar Mustapha on 04/22/2010

It's unfortunate Ribery was sent off, but that is not it, the end thing is that it finally paid off.

Posted by rocaf on 04/22/2010

Thanks ref. What goes around comes around. remember he got Rafael sent off!!

Posted by chido on 04/22/2010

I'll love to watch a final b\w the special one & Bayern

Posted by tom on 04/22/2010

rosetti's call was too harsh like what he did in italy serie A. he also gave bad calls in the fiorentina vs ac milan game in serie a this year. i am curious why he was always asigned big jobs recently. actually he is not so good as people think.

Posted by Vasco Owen on 04/22/2010

mmmmmm! Bayern've gotta sharpen their scoring ability, watch out! or Lyon get it.

Posted by 7iDiamonds on 04/22/2010

Ribery could still play the final if Bayern qualify, you know - depends on the ref/UEFA. And for the time Ribery was on the pitch, he was more of a threat than Robben.
Overall, while Lyon disappointed, they will run the Bayern defence rugged in the second leg. Lets hope the Germans do not rue their poor finishing last night.

Posted by Ian King on 04/22/2010

Sir Alex Fergusson used his now infamous term "typical Germans" and now we know why. Ribery went right over the ball, never touched the ball, and his whole foot got the whole leg of his opponent, luckily not causing major injury. When the ref produced the red card the crowd went wild. From there on it was only a matter of time until the French side had a man sent off since the crowd hounded the ref with their constant whistling. To crown it all, your article now reveals the unbelievable reaction of the Bayern officials against the ref's decision. The French player who was sent off had his foot high and showed his studs, but his whole foot got the whole ball and never touched his opponent. To boot, the Bayern player's foot was up the same height, but he never saw even a yellow card.

Posted by downunder bayern fan on 04/22/2010

read the comment about typical Germans!!! HaHa what a joke ! Germany did not win 3 World cups by playing the ref!!! Nor did Bayern with there European success , however Sir Alex if thats what you want to call him should take his loss with pride Bayern clearly got the better of Man United ..... which history shows they usually do.
Anyway go Bayern your game plan is working Show these teams that you dont have to spend like crazy to win .....and by the way Inter what a great Italian team , how many Italians were actually playing?i Any way Bayern has done it with 6 regular starters Good On You FCB You make Fans like me own bragging rights!!!!

Posted by Fair Play on 04/22/2010

The author of the article writes that the Lyon player's sending off "could have been deemed a tad unfortunate". That is very weak. "Could have been." It was a terrible decision, prompted in large part by Schweinsteiger's dive. The Lyon player's foot never touched Schweinsteiger's, yet Schweinsteiger pirouetted 360 degrees and collasped. That is a 100% dive. Begging for a yellow. Begging for a sending off. Bayern are disgraced by such play.

Posted by apoll11 on 04/22/2010

There are so many sore losers here from Fiorentina and ManU that hate on Bayern just for the fact that their team got taken out by them.

I have yet to see a Fiorentina fan admit that there was a clear offside goal from their side in the second leg as well. Let alone the two times Klose was not allowed a 100% goal chance due to a miscalled offside situation in the late phase of the second leg.

Every ManU fan goes on about how the second foul by Rafael was not a yellow and how Ribery demanded a card. But noone wants to admit that the first foul by Rafael was so severe that it was red/yellow already. The ref made it absolutely clear that there can be no more foul by Rafael, even a little one. And please dont forget that Vidic clearly kicked Olic in his gentlemans equippment right in front of the linesman. That should have been a booking as well.

Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2010

And now the Lyon game - Ribery made an unintentional but very harsh foul - he got deservedly send off. Toulalan commited a very bad and intentional first foul that got him the yellow card. Again, he was very close to being sent off. In that situation he can´t jump into another player with his studs held high - even if he does not hit him directly.

People need to admit that Bayern are where they are because of a great Coach, fantastic players and perhaps the best fighting mentality of all the remaining four clubs.

Posted by moses Onwuzurike on 04/22/2010

Bayern has displayed strong character in front of their homefan. I honestly think Ribery deserve a red card. Thanks to Robben for rescuing the day, he has shown the class he is made of. I tip Bayern to be in the final.

Posted by kilat on 04/22/2010

i think ribery has alot in his mind... with the injury prones this entire yr n with cases going on bout underage prostitution,he is just not himself anymore.i really hope tht i can watch the combination of robbery in finals.

By the way, Muller is not a big match player.. He is good player against smaller team like Hannover but he cannot cope up with other big teams.Bayern should really consider buying a good attacking midfielder like Jovetic.
N Gomez for God sake....he has a ball control ability of 4 yr old kid.. Bayern should replace him....

Posted by lion rock mwasala on 04/22/2010

ribery really deserved the red card. he escaped one during their match with Man United and its really true that what goes around must indeed come around........

Posted by Adeosun ibukun on 04/22/2010

Ribery got what he really deserved, he has no sportmanship attitude anyway. Rooooooben is a better player than he is, all hail fantastic Roooooooben for dumping my team out of the champions league. Hope to see a great final between BAYERN & INTER @ the bernabau!

Posted by choki on 04/22/2010

never ever a red card!!
he was going to get a score and he came to late to play the ball. also the first foul.
never ever red.
but very impressive how bayern nailed lyon without ribery!!!

Posted by Hasselhoff on 04/22/2010

While deserving of a red card, Ribery clearly had no intention in the foul. He obviously came over the ball to pull it back with his right foot. Lopez just happened to be challenging for the ball with his foot directly were Ribery planted for the cut back. The Ref was not pressured into anything during the game, as Robben was getting pummeled every time he touched the ball with not even so much as a thought to blowing the whistle.

It seems sour grapes really are something to complain about.

Schweini and Lahm can't be given enough credit. With the majority of the praise going to Lahm. Brilliant play making by the fullback. Schweinsteiger just needs to finish his chances. Too many just went begging. Gomez needs to be cut loose. His introductions into the game always leave the front line awkward and spastic.

Posted by dkingsworthy on 04/22/2010

Bayern bossed the game with 11, nearly also with 10 v 11, so they did deserve the win; however Toulalan should never have been sent off. Yes on one yellow he should be more careful but why the first yellow? Tackles like his were common in the 1st half and only 1 out of 3 were shown cards...his was one and was undeserved really, again no/little contact with the player. Rosetti has indeed shamed the game...used to think he was one of the best, but more and more I think Colina was the only decent referee in the past 10+ years.

Posted by gazelle lion on 04/22/2010

Shame on Real Madrid for letting great talents like Robben leave. Imagine if they had kept Sneijder also, team work would have been super by now. That's why their butts are always kicked out of UCL. Robben is phenomenal and I can't wait for a mouth-watering final between Bayern and Inter!

Posted by VivaColonia on 04/22/2010

There´s no need to discus about the ribery/raffael situation. the ref would have given raffael the 2nd yellow anyway. at least for his 1st assault raffael should have deserved red already! and don´t believe everything what kid fergie says.

bayern should have won yesterday by 2-0 or 3-0. just one goal could be very dangerous.

but what a poor end for ribery in munich! the scandal and the red in cl...

Posted by Stephen on 04/22/2010

As I watched games the past few weeks I'm struck my two gentlemen from this week's two victorious teams: Robben and Inter's Sneijder.... Stop me if you have heard this before, but look out for a Netherlands side who are starting to look scary! :)

Posted by Holyblood on 04/22/2010

"There are so many sore losers here from Fiorentina and ManU that hate on Bayern just for the fact that their team got taken out by them"

I completely agree, so many 'what goes around comes around' posts here but if you look at both incidents without those rose-tinted glasses, it is clear that both Rafael and Ribery were rightfully sent off. He should miss the final aswell, that was a truly awful "tackle".

I also don't really understand this whole 'typical germans' garabage - you act like the Premiership/Self-proclaimed best league in the world is completely devoid of players circling the ref or bad tackles. In all honesty id say the worst incidents ive seen of both have been in teams in the Premiership, there have been some truly horrific challenges in the last couple of years.

The real question is - if bayern win the treble and Holland have a good world cup, will Robben win player of the year? He really ought to...

Posted by Effe_This on 04/22/2010

LOL. I can't believe Ribery is sent off and people are still complaining Bayern is getting 'special' treatment. It was red, no question of that. Trying to claim it was intentional is a bit of a stretch. This isn't MvB tackling here. Toulalan's 2nd yellow was unfortunate, but again he's an experienced player. Why make that challenge when Bayern's down a person and you're already on a yellow........ in front of the ref no less? He gambled, and lost.

I don't think the missing players for either team in the 2nd leg will matter. Both teams will be up for it, and Lyon has plenty of time to prepare. Most likely it will be another tight one. Hopefully Bayern can notch that away goal early, as I don't see Lyon scoring more than 2 goals back home. But all they need is 1-0 to tie or 2-0 to win, which Lyon is quite capable of doing. Should be a good one.

Posted by andre resenbrink on 04/22/2010

downunder bayern fan: at least the first german world cup win had direct influence from ref, foul on the magyar goalkeeper in one german goal and puskas was not offside when he netted magyar's third; also, remember german goalie almost killing french player in 1982

Posted by William on 04/22/2010

I did watch the game, but what Ribbery did was unexpected from such a professional player!!!!!

He did deserve it and in case Beyern misses the Cl final, he should carry the blame 100%.

Posted by David Creed on 04/23/2010

Robben singlehandedly took Bayern through against Fiorentina and Man U. and scored a vital goal against Lyon. Absolutely brilliant! Ribery's tackle was a bad one although, I think, not intentional. I hope he plays if Bayern make the final. Toulalan's and Rafael's red cards were due to their own stupidity and both cost their teams dearly. Barcelona vs. Bayern in the final!
P.S. I'm a Man. U. fan!

Posted by derballistrund on 04/23/2010

everyone is talking about Ribery missing game 2, but consider they will also be without Pranjic. It would be great if van Gaal went with two stoppers (MvB and Tymoschuk), and put Bastian on the left, as he did in the beginning of the 2nd half in game 1. Bastian is better without the ball than with the ball, anyway, as we saw in Euro 2008. And I'd stay with Contento.

Posted by maven on 04/23/2010

I didn't see the first half or the sending off, but would agree that Robben was the best player on the field in the second half. Yet he is so fragile, that it's hard to want him on your team. He is often injured, expensive, and a potential distraction that obviously both Chelsea and Real Madrid found surfeit to requirements. But if he's in form, then I agree there are few better players to watch. The idea of Holland having both he and van Persie rounding in to form makes it's World Cup prospects appear bright. But would I put money on them?....

Posted by doctorfox on 04/23/2010

Thank you so much HasselHoff, there are few true match analysts, and pleny o noise makers...
Ribbery was surrounded, he had the ball and was trtying to escape from like 3 lyon players, he stretched his foot foward to "instep the ball back to himself" almost breaking thru frm the surrounding Lyon men, before the sly Lopez just put his whole leg stupidly foward to kick the ball away, he could have just tipped d ball and non of that wuld have happened, unfortunately the REF read it wrong.( he's inexperiencd)..he shld hav made it a yellow at worst, and given a foul...u can see that the sly lopez came back later not for once flinching after the show u it wasnt a serious tackle...

That Red was too harsh..any way..Bayern is n the finals..and we/ lifting the cup again...


Posted by dallas on 04/23/2010

well if u ask me, i did not c the match, i only monitored it over de internet, and upon people's view rob did a fantastic job as he always does. excerpt substitution incident which ruined his entire performance. anyway der is no daught he is a great player of all standards. why should chelsea let go of this"re my hero rob.

Posted by Sinke on 04/26/2010

Yep you all should realizes what happen to Manchester when poor Raphael didn't deserved the red card.....i saw on TV and could have been a yellow card. Now serve's you rite...what goes around comes around.

Posted by Sinke on 04/26/2010

Yep you all should realizes what happen to Manchester when poor Raphael didn't deserved the red card.....i saw on TV and could have been a yellow card. Now serve's you rite...what goes around comes around.

Posted by bayer on 04/26/2010

bayern munichs gonna win cl

Posted by bayer on 04/26/2010

bayern munichs gonna win cl

Posted by It's true, oh it's true! on 04/26/2010

Wow! It is true what everyone says in England. Man U fans are poor losers. Get over it, that is what happens when you underestimate your opponents. What I want to know is what "Karma" was coming back on Rafael when he got that 2nd yellow? ;)

Posted by sham herbaalis on 04/27/2010

robbin is the best

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