UCL: Bayern Munich vs. Lyon (Matchday Commentary)

UCL: Bayern Munich vs. Lyon (Matchday Commentary)

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UCL: Bayern Munich vs. Lyon (Matchday Commentary)

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The first finalist in the Champions League will be decided today when Olympique Lyon hosts Bayern Munich in the second leg of this semifinal (2:30pm, FSE).

Lyon needs to overcome a 1-0 deficit to reach the final, and will have to do so without Jeremy Toulalan, who was given two yellow cards in the first leg. Bayern Munich will also be without a key player as Franck Ribery is suspended after seeing red in last week's affair.

This is Franco Panizo and I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below

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FULLTIME- That's all for me today. Feel free to leave your post-game thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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FULLTIME- Lyon never looked like threatening. Delgado tried to jump-start the offense, but he was the only one who looked like he wanted to play for the hosts.

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FULLTIME- Bayern wins 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) courtesy of a hat-trick performance by Olic and is in the final on May 22 where it will play Inter or Bayern.

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91st minute- Altintop has a good look of his own but tries to be a bit fancy and isn't able to curl the ball into the upper 90. 

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90th minute- A decent look turns into a goal kick as Pjanic blasts his too high.

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86th minute- I think the hosts could have used Kim Kallstrom in its starting lineup today. They just didn't have enough in attack.

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82nd minute- Could Lyon have had a worse performance today? Gave up three goals and went down to 10 men. Ugly, ugly showing in front of its home crowd.

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79th minute- Lyon makes a move of its own. Ederson for Lisandro Lopez.

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78th minute- Bayern makes another change. David Alaba in for Schweinsteiger.

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77th minute- GOAL BAYERN!!! Olic completes his hat-trick with a headed finish. It is now 3-0, and 4-0 on aggregate in favor of Bayern.

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76th minute- Just as I say that Robben is subbed out for Miroslav Klose.

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75th minute- Surprised to still see Robben out there.

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71st minute- Robben unleashes a shot, but it's saved by Lloris.

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70th minute- Can Lyon at least get one back in front of its home crowd to save face? I say yes despite the club's lackluster showing today.

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66th minute- GOAL BAYERN!!! Olic makes a well-timed run, receives a nice pass from Altintop and scores his second of the day. Bayern leads this game 2-0, 3-0 on aggregate.

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64th minute- So barring a miracle of epic proportions, Bayen is through to the final. Do you guys think the German club can topple either Inter or Barcelona?

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60th minute- Govou with a potent shot from distance is parried away by Butt.

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59th minute- Cris gets a yellow card for a hard tackle on Olic. Surprised by the yellow, he gives the referee a sarcastic golf clap and is now given a second yellow. He's off. Lyon is down to 10 men.

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57th minute- Nothing comes of the corner. Goal kick Lyon.

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56th minute- Robben with a left-footed shot from around 20 yards out but Lloris makes a good save. Bayern corner.

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53rd minute- Robben turns his Makoun inside out before laying off a pass to Schweinstieger, who one-times it from distance and sees it just go over. Probably the most exciting play of the game.

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50th minute- Someone finally gets on the end of a Delgado cross, but Gomis skies it over the crossbar from close range. Nothing is going right for Lyon today.

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46th minute- And we're off. Bayern is 45 minutes away from a spot in the final. Robben could make a return to his old home stadium, Estadio Bernebeu.

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HALFTIME- Bayern make a sub: Argentine international Martin Demichelis is coming on for van Buyten. Lyon also makes a change: Bafetimbi Gomis for CIssokho.

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HALFTIME- Does Bayern Munich take off Robben at this point? I wouldn't be surprised. He'll probably play 10-15 more minutes, though.

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HALFTIME- Olic's goal makes it 1-0 on the scoreboard and 2-0 on aggregate in favor of Bayern Munich. Lyon needs to dig deep, very deep, and hope for a miracle in the second half.

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45th minute- Delgado had a look but failed to pulled the trigger. 

Ref blows the whistle and that's it for the first half. How many of you are still awake?

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44th minute- How flat is Lyon right now? Put it to you this way: a two-week old Coca-Cola would be jealous.

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41st minute- Altintop puts on a nice move on a defender and springs a counter, but Robben is deemed offside by the lineman. Don't agree with that call.

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39th minute- Robben cuts inside on Cissokho (again) and earns his club a corner. It is Bayern's first of the day.

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37th minute- Lyon's attacking punch has withered in the last few minutes. Bayern continues to sniff everything out and looks to hit back on the counter.

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34th minute- Altintop slips as he attempts a cross and it goes right into the hands of Butt.

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31st minute- A beautiful cross sent in by Makoun, but Bastos misses a wide open look with a one-timed shot that goes wide right. Unbelievable miss there.

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29th minute- Strange things happen in soccer, but Lyon would need to score three goals to advance to the final. With the offense playing the way it is, I don't see that happening.

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27th minute- Robben layed off a nice pass to Muller, who held off his defender well before dishing the ball off to Olic. It's 2-0 on aggregate now and Lyon needs to find its rhythm ASAP if it hopes to win.

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26th minute- GOAL BAYERN!!!! Olic with a nice turn and finish in the box!

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25th minute- Seriously, did everyone get a notice beforehand that this match was going to be dull and I just missed it?

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24th minute- Altintop is given a yellow for a silly foul in Lyon's half.

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22nd minute- The cross found no one.

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21st minute- Soft foul called on the left flank in favor of Lyon. Let's see if Lyon can make something of this or if the cross will find no one again.

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19th minute- Not a very exciting match thus far. Who thinks the winner of this is essentially just playing for second place? 

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17th minute- Cris with a long ball out the back and it finds, you guess it, no one. Not a good start today for Cris.

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15th minute- Cris with another bad giveaway. Bayern on the counter but van Bommel's shot is blocked and out for a throw in.

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11th minute- Delgado with a cross that goes to nobody. Delgado is starting to cause problems for Bayern's backline. He's finding lots of space to operate.

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8th minute- Lyon showing more edge to its game today, but the French club still can't contain Robben and co.

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6th minute- Corner for Lyon. No one gets on the end of it and it sails by and out of bounds.

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3rd minute- A bad pass from Cris allows Bayern Munich to get a wide open look on goal, but Muller hits it wide. WOW.

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1st minute- We're underway.

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PRE-GAME- Here are Lyon's starters:

——————–Lopez————————

—–Bastos———-Delgado———–Govou—

—————-Makoun—–Gonalons————-

-Cissokho—-Boumsong—-Cris——-Revelleire–

———————-Lloris————————-

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PRE-GAME- Here is Bayern's starting XI:

————-Olic————Muller——–

–Robben–van Bommel—Schweinsteiger—Altintop-

-Contento—-Badstuder—-van Buyten——-Lahm–

———————-Butt————————-

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PRE-GAME- Awaiting the lineups. Who is everyone picking to advance to the final?

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