Follow live coverage as Rudi Garcia’s side attempt to halt the Bundesliga champions’ seemingly relentless march towards the final
Follow all the action live as Olympique Lyonnais face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Rudi Garcia’s side pulled off a shock upset against Manchester City in the previous round, despite their miserable domestic campaign, after substitute Moussa Dembele scored twice in the second half.
However, the French side face a formidable task in tonight’s tie, with Bayern Munich still carrying the momentum from their scintillating 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona. The winner will face PSG in the final in Lisbon on Sunday. Follow all the action live below:
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24 mins: Lyon get away with one as Bayern are beginning to show off their skills. Perisic sends a long cross into the box that Marcal doesn’t deal with. His headed clearance is poor and falls to Gnabry who drills another shot at goal but Lopes saves it this time.
21 mins: Bayern win a free kick about 25 yards out from goal to the right. They take it as a training ground set piece, as a daintily flighted ball comes over the defensive line and meets Muller’s perfectly timed run. The Bayern midfielder only needs to hit the volley and his team would be two goals to the good but he misses the ball as he goes for goal and Lopes takes hold of it.
15 mins: Lyon have been a little surprising. They’ve been pretty enterprising in attack and they certainly aren’t lacking confidence.
Ekambi makes a run in behind as another long ball splits Bayern’s defence. He takes the ball and runs into the box from the left. Ekambi works the ball into space and goes for the gap at the near post. His strike is decent but he hits the post!
12 mins: Oh my. Goretzka plays a ball into Lewandowski and continues his run into the box. Bayern’s number nine lays the ball deftly into Goretzka’s path as he gets into the box. Marcal comes in to make the tackle and Goretzka mistimes his shot completely. Lopes is covering the near post but the miscued shot is heading for the far corner and he has to scramble across to push it wide of the post.
9 mins: Lyon spread the ball from left to right and Dubois puts a cross into the box that Alaba knocks out for a corner. The corner ball is played flat to the edge of the box for Dubois, who flicks it into the area. Neuer comes for it as Denayer looks to win the header. The German goalkeeper wins the challenge and punches it away.
6 mins: Big chance! Thiago puts a poor pass through the middle of the pitch and Caqueret intercepts it. He plays a beauty of a pass through the Bayern centre-backs and Depay collects it. He runs into the box with the ball as Neuer comes out to meet him. Depay takes the ball to Neuer’s left and shoots but he hits the side netting of the goal!
3 mins: Lyon push forward and win a corner on the left side of the pitch. Cornet throws a long ball into the box but no one meets it and the ball goes out of play.
Here come the teams, they make their way out onto the pitch. Lyon vs Bayern Munich, the second and last Champions League semi-final of 2019/20, kick off is next…
Okay, 10 minutes to go until kick off. Bayern are favourites to win this game and face PSG in the final but, Lyon have already slain a couple of giants in this campaign. Have they got it in them to take another one down?
Robert Lewandowski just loves scoring goals…
Under Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich average four goals a game. That’s insane, but they do leave space in behind their high back line so the opportunites will come for Lyon.
They have to be patient and wait for their chance to strike.
Hansi Flick hasn’t been sucked into the fervour around Bayern Munich winning the Champions League after they demolished Barcelona in the last round. He says his team is ready and focused on this game against Lyon:
Less than 100% will not be enough. The game starts from scratch. My team is focused. We have set big goals. But it is a game starting at 0-0 and we have to play with the same intensity as against Barca.”
The warm ups are underway:
With just over half an hour to go until kick off, here’s everything you need to know about the Champions League semi-final:
The run continues…
Robert Lewandowski is the top scorer in the Champions League this season with 14 goals. He has scored in scored in all eight of his UEFA Champions League appearances in 2019/20 including a 16 minutes quadruple against Crvena zvezda on Matchday 5.
The record individual goal tally for a single UEFA Champions League campaign is Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17 for Real Madrid in 2013/14, Lewandowski has at most two more chances to better it.
Giovane Elber, the former Bayern and Lyon forward who is at the Estadio Jose Alvalade tonight, gave his thoughts on the game. He said:
“I expect a difficult match. Lyon managed to get past Juventus and Manchester City and they’ve showed they’re a good team who know how to defend well.
“Bayern have to be careful, play their game and not get impatient. They have to be calm. Lyon have very strong players at the back and players who hurt you on the counter. Bayern have to be careful.
“The group is very good. They have 11 players on the pitch but the others too all have the same thought, the same focus, to reach the final. When Bayern have a chance [to make the final] they’ll try everything to get there. I expect 2-0 to Bayern.”
When asked about Bayern Munich’s impressive goalscoring form, Garcia said:
“[Man] City scored more than 100 goals in the Premier League, so if we just look at the stats we can just watch the game at the hotel and Bayern can play alone,
“They don’t have a lot of weak points but no team are perfect.”
Lyon’s head coach, Rudi Garcia, gave a nature themed metaphor to describe his team’s status as underdogs saying:
“We might be the underdogs but we beat big teams to get there and others may start taking us seriously.
“Maybe we’re not a big mountain to climb but sometimes just a little pebble in your shoe can prevent you from climbing that little mountain.”
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