Lyon
No. Name
 3 Cris  35' 64'
 13 Pierre-Alain Frau  44'
 11 Nilmar
Substitutes
  • 7
    • Gabriel Heinze Yellow Card
  • 35
    • Cris Goal
  • 44
    • Pierre-Alain Frau Goal
  • HT
    • Halftime
  • 56
    • Ruud van Nistelrooy Goal
  • 61
    • Ruud van Nistelrooy Goal
  • 64
    • Cris Yellow Card
  • 65
    • On: Nilmar | Off: Pierre-Alain Frau
  • 75
    • On: Hatem Ben Arfa | Off: Sidney Govou
  • 79
    • On: Alan Smith | Off: Ruud van Nistelrooy
  • 83
    • On: Phil Neville | Off: John O'Shea
  • 88
    • On: Jeremy Clement | Off: Sylvain Wiltord
  • FT
    • End Regular Time
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Match Commentary

90' The draw puts them in pole position in the group, with two home games to come against Fenerbahce and Sparta Prague
90' This United side may not be able to defend, but they certainly have great character to come back from behind
90' United did superbly to come back and earn a 2-2 draw after looking dead and buried at half-time in the Municipal De Gerland
90' And there goes the full-time whistle
90' Juninho finds too much space just outside the box and is allowed the shot - and United escape as he effort crashes off the outside of the post
90' Malouda goes down in the box under Neville's challenge, but he was looking for it - never a penalty
89' Two minutes to be added on
88' Reveillere holds by Ronaldo. He plays the free-kick short and United can't work the opening
87' Lyon make their final change, Sylvain Wiltord replaced by Jeremy Clement
86' The atmosphere withint he stadium has died somewhat as well. Lyon fans amazed at the comeback, United supporters eager for the hard-earned draw
85' Both sides look happy with the draw now, very few adventurous attacks late in the game
84' Keane looks for Neville down the line, there's too much on it and Coupet with take the goal-kick
83' Scholes looks for Giggs with a long ball over the top, but the Welshman is offside
82' Sir Alex makes his second change, Phil Neville is introduced in place of John O'Shea
81' United are looking very vulnerable again now, space really opening up at the back
80' Lyon are pushing for a winner now. Nilmar latches onto a loose ball on the right of the box and plays a neat cut-back to Wiltord six-yards out - who blazes over. He had the time to take a touch and blew it
79' A change for United now, Ruud van Nistelrooy makes way for Alan Smith
78' Suddenly Lyon are on the break, Malouda's pace takes him into the box and finds Nilmar with an open goal... and he puts it wide of the post with Howard nowhere
77' It comes to Giggs who breaks with great speed, he spots the run of Ronaldo who finds acres of space just inside the box. He looks for Van Nistelrooty, but only finds Coupet
76' Corner to Lyon. Juninho floats it in from the left, a combination of O'Shea and Ronaldo clear
75' Heinze finsd himself well forwad, dinks one into the box but only finds the head of Cacapa
74' A second change for the home side as Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Sydney Govou
73' Coupet comfortable holds onto Ronaldo's cross after he cut in from the left and shot with his right boot
72' Now Malouda breaks into the box on the left, and this time Howard opts to hold onto the cross
71' Juninho finds Wiltord on the right with a fine raking pass. The former Arsenal man looks to hang one into the centre - Howard punches clear
70' Lyon are coming back into it now, they appear to have recovered from that double Van Nistelrooy strike
69' Ronaldo is felled by Cris just outside the area, and chance to get it into the danger zone. Ronaldo curls it in to the near post but can only hit Juninho
68' Juninho takes from the right, it comes to the unmarked Wiltord at the back, he checks inside and his shot beats Howard - but not Scholes on the line, who again comes to United's rescue
67' A mistake by Silvestre gifts the ball to Govou, and Brown had to be sharp to put it behind
66' United are playing with much more confidence now, keeping the ball and coming forward with purpose
65' A change for Lyon, with goalscorer Pierre-Alain Frau being replaced by Honorato da Silva Nilmar - who's scored two goals in just 15 minutes of football for the French side
64' Cris gets a booking for a challenge from behind on Van Nistelrooy, a bit of afters following the earlier incident
63' United will press forward now, a certain defeat has become a probable victory. There will be doubt in the minds of Lyon players after throwing away such a commanding position
62' After looking down and out United are level at 2-2 with a double in five minutes. Van Nistelrooy was just onside, and he was left with the simple task of helping the ball past Coupet after it ran into his path off a defender
61' GOAL!!!!!
61' Keane it up superbly waiting for support from Ronaldo. The winger comes in and takes the short pass, but his shot is deflected... into the path of Van Nistelrooy who's clean through...
61' Now the United fans can be heard in the Municipal De Gerland. Will they get more to cheer?
60' Van Nistelrooy and Cris are spoken to by the ref after a coming together, there's a lot at stake now
59' Van Nistelooy sends Essien tumbling with an attempt tackle which finds... the tackle. Ouch!
58' It came from nowhere, but now United are back in the game and we should be in line for a grandstand finish. Great play from Ronaldo - he chased the loose ball and then found the Dutchman with a fine cross. 2-1
57' Van Nistelrooy nods superbly past Coupet into the very corner of the net, breaking Denis Law's scoring record in the process
56' GOAL!!!!!
55' Ronaldo picks up on a deep cross from Keane and just keep it in play. The Portuguese looks up and picks out Van Nistelrooy at the far post...
54' Ronaldo takes himeself from the left, Juninho nods clear at the near post
53' Ronaldo shows the old step-over time and time again, and wins the corner
52' Essien blocks the run of Giggs - free-kick, taken short
51' Essien heads clear from Keane's curling cross into the area
50' It's a scrapped opening to the second period, very stop-start
49' Juninho is clattered by Djemba-Djemba, free-kick centrally in the United half
48' Djemba-Djemba remains on the pitch to give the ball away a bit more... very strange
47' Scholes drags back Govou, and we begin with a free-kick as in the first half
46' The second period is begun by Lyon
45' United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is going to have to go into hair-dryer mode to get this sorted. And if Djemba-Djemba appears after the break it will be one almighty shock
45' Lyon were probably good value for their opener, despite Howard providing a helping hand, and since then they have taken complete control
45' It's half time, and United need it desperately
45' Frau curls home a fine left-footed effort with Howard helpless. It's no more than Lyon decide with United being cut open
44' GOAL!!!!!
44' United are on the backfoot and in danger of sinking. O'Shea needlessly loses possession in the Lyon half and they break. Wiltord comes foward with pace and feeds Frau in on goal...
43' Wiltord puts Govou through, Lyon well on top not, but Heinze gets back superbly to force Govou to stay wide, the angle becomes too tight and he fails to hit the target
42' Juninho finds Wiltord in acres of space on the right flank. The former Arsenal man cuts inside and fires one across the face of goal - Frau just fails to connect
41' Juninho delivers from the left this time, but United clear their lines
40' Govou is tripped five yards outside the area by Djemba-Djemba. A real chance for Lyon. Juninho stands over it, his effort it poor and Lyon win a corner
39' Djemba-Djemba again gives the ball away - he has hardly found a red shirt tonight - enabling another Lyon break
38' United have given the ball away far too often in this game - and they were made to pay when Giggs dragged back Govou when he himself had squandered possession
37' Govou messes up the cross after getting to the by-line, a real waste
36' Now Govou tries a shot from just outside the area, and it drops inches wide of the left-hand post
35' A shocking error from Howard, a real howler, he couldn't keep hold of Juninho's cross and Cris had the simple task of tapping home. 1-0 Lyon
35' GOAL!!!!
34' Giggs loses possession to Govou and then drags him back, clear free-kick 25-yards out on the right. Juninho floats it in, it misses everyone but Howards fumbles the ball...
33' It's swung into the near post from the right, Frau gets there before the defence and it looks a certain goal - until Scholes, on near the post, heads off the line
32' Govou crosses from the right but there's no-one in the box - O'Shea gets no help and slices the clearance behind for the corner
31' Giggs does well to head clear from Juninho's delivery, then Frau slices a shot hopefully wide after Wiltord finds him on the edge of the box from the loose ball
30' Wiltord is tugged back by O'Shea, free-kick to Lyon and a chance to launch it into the box
29' Lyon play it around the defence, happy to wait for the moment to move forwards
28' Howard takes Wiltord's shot from 25-yards with ease - bread and butter
27' Wiltord lays the ball off for Juninho, there's a chance to strike but he gets it all wrong - it sails well over
26' Scholes picks up the loose ball and plays Van Nistelrooy in over the top. Cacapa does superbly against the Dutchman - and forced the foul
25' O'Shea does well to stand up and win the ball from the advancing Wiltord
24' Lyon are getting back on top now, but look short on quality in the final third
23' Silvestre hacks clear following a Frau cross from the right
22' Another cross comes in, this time Malouda misses the header and Howards gathers via the striker's back
21' Cacapa does well to get back and thwart Ronaldo just as the Portuguese thought he was in on goal
20' Henize again fells Govou, he'll have to be careful
19' United give the ball away, Silvestre making a mess of it and Malouda is fed through on goal by Wiltord. Howard comes out to smother the shot brilliantly and the visitors somehow clear.
18' In comes in from the right, Cacapa is unmarked ten yards out and somehow manages to nod it wide of the left-hand post. He should have opened the scoring - awful defending
17' Djemba-Djemba is caught out by Frua, he finds Govou but mis-hits two attempted crosses - but does win a corner
16' United coming more into the game now, looking to take control both in possession and goals
15' O'Shea's carelessness forces Keane into a rushed cross from deep - in turns out to be a lethal, curling ball into the box which finds Giggs at the back stick, but his first time effort goes wide of the opposite post
14' The corner is a poor one, but the ball drops to Djemba-Djemba who again shoots over the top of the crossbar
13' Ronaldo gets to the by-line and looks for Scholes at the back stick, forcing Reveillere to head behind for the corner
12' Keane tries to play in Ronaldo down the line, only for Abidal to attempt to shield he ball out of play - then do two superb turns to leave Ronaldo on the deck and clear
11' Djemba-Djemba goes inches over the bar - so close to giving United the lead slightly against the run of play
10' Juninho wastefully gives the ball away to Keane in the centre, United can break. Ronalso gets it on the right and although Scholes misses the ball it comes to Djemba-Djemba...
9' Frau looks to use his pace to get past Silvestre but goes down just outside the area under the French international's challenge. The ref waves play on - Silvestre can count himself lucky there
8' Although Lyon are on top they are yet to cause any problems in the final third
7' Govou needs some treatment for the physio but he'll be okay to carry on - even though Heinze managed to draw blood
6' Heinze's is late on Govou and is left on the floor in agony. The Argentine won the ball, but followed through onto the forward's shin. Heinze eventually gets a card from referee Stark, and Govou is left with stud marks
5' Scholes almost slips Van Nistelrooy through the centre, Cacapa intercepts well but the flag is up anyway
4' Malouda wins a corner off O'Shea - danger for United. Juninho takes, but United are able to deal with the cross
3' Lyon are out of the blocks the quickest, looking for an early breakthrough
2' Abidal leans on Ronaldo, free-kick to United which is taken short
2' Essien and Van Nistelrooy collide. It looks a little nasty at first as both hit the deck, but both are okay without treatment
1' United get this clash at the Municipal De Gerland under way
- Eric Djemba-Djemba wins the battle with Kleberson to partner Roy Keane in central midfield, while John O'Shea's recovery from a thigh injury allows the Irishman to start at right-back in place of Phil Neville. With Smith out, Ruud van Nistelrooy leads the Red Devils attack, needing one goal to break Denis Law's United European scoring record.
- Alan Smith loses his place in the Manchester United starting line-up tonight as Sir Alex Ferguson's men look to get their latest Champions League campaign off to a winning start against Lyon. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo for Smith was one of three changes.
- Manchester United begin their UEFA Champions League campaign tonight away to Lyon. Join us for all the action! Kick-off 19.45 UK time.

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