|Marcelo scores for Real Madrid CF:reuters|
Real Madrid started with Cristiano Ronaldo & were dangerous from the beginning with clear chances that put the French team on defensive guard. Lyon goalie Lloris stopped some great shots & would later be working hard as the game went on. However the French team grew in confidence & put Real Madrid through 20 min of its worst Football as they managed to change the tide.
Then in the 32nd min a crucial point in the game occurred when Xabi recovered a ball in the midfield & found MARCELO who 1-2 touched with Ronaldo a then scored the opener to bring some ease back into the Spanish team which was suffering.
|Karim Benzema back on target:reuters|
The second half was to be Real Madrid which went after the match with sporadic danger from the French especially from Gomis who was a menace all night. With Real Madrid on a roll, KARIM BENZEMA took advantage of a loose Lyon defence & scored in the 65th min to set his team on course. The French forward has radically transformed himself from a timid, ineffective & questioned player into a regular goal scorer that is finally showing his true class. Real Madrid continued with its good play & the third came via a Ozil passing header that found DI MARIA who chipped over Lyon goalkeeper Lloris to seal the qualification & the Spanish victory.
Lyon had some occasions later on via Gomis to pull a consolation goal but Casillas & the Real Madrid defence kept the opponents score-sheet clean.
Special mention to Marcelo, Carvalho, Ozil , Xabi & Benzema for their excellent play for Real Madrid & goalie Lloris & Gomis for Lyon who both were outstanding for the French side.
In conclusion, a great night for Spanish Football & for Real Madrid which manages to break the last 16 barrier & at least get back into the Top 8 European Clubs. Now its up to them to continue forward on the Champions League road & onto the Final at Wembley (London) with fellow Spanish Football Club FC Barcelona.