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Paulo Cesar Peixoto takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand post.
Handball by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Cesar Peixoto on Miralem Pjanic. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kim Kallstrom, Alexandre Fabio Coentrao makes a clearance.
Victorio Maxi Pereira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeremy Pied. Free kick taken by Kim Kallstrom.
Jeremy Pied concedes a free kick for a foul on Paulo Cesar Peixoto. Paulo Cesar Peixoto restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Pape Malickou Diakhate gets a block in.
Bafetimbi Gomis replaces Lisandro Lopez.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paulo Cesar Peixoto, save made by Hugo Lloris.
Corner taken left-footed by Paulo Cesar Peixoto.
Corner taken by Paulo Cesar Peixoto from the right by-line to the near post, Jimmy Briand manages to make a clearance.
Jorge Carlos Martins goes off and Eduardo Salvio comes on. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Paulo Cesar Peixoto, Header from close range by Francisco Javi Garcia clears the bar.
Miralem Pjanic takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Marinho David Luiz.
Anthony Reveillere challenges Alexandre Fabio Coentrao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lisandro Lopez by Victorio Maxi Pereira results in a free kick. Kim Kallstrom takes the direct free kick.
Miralem Pjanic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Franco Jara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Aimar. Kim Kallstrom comes on in place of Yoann Gourcuff. Unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao by Jimmy Briand results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.
Jeremy Pied concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Francisco Javi Garcia for unsporting behaviour. Francisco Javi Garcia challenges Anthony Reveillere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yoann Gourcuff.
Pablo Aimar takes the inswinging corner, Jimmy Briand makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Miralem Pjanic from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jeremy Pied is brought on as a substitute for Fernandes Michel Bastos. Yoann Gourcuff takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
Lisandro Lopez fouled by Marinho David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Yoann Gourcuff produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jimenez Roberto. Fernandes Michel Bastos takes a shot. Save by Jimenez Roberto. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimenez Roberto by Fernandes Michel Bastos. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yoann Gourcuff, Fernandes Michel Bastos takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jimenez Roberto.
Paulo Cesar Peixoto joins the action as a substitute, replacing Javier Saviola.
Effort from a long way out by Jorge Carlos Martins goes wide right of the target.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Maxime Gonalons goes wide left of the goal.
A goal is scored by Lisandro Lopez from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Lyon 2-0 Benfica.
Lisandro Lopez takes a shot. Save by Jimenez Roberto.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jimmy Briand strikes the post.
Shot from close range by Lisandro Lopez misses to the left of the goal.
Victorio Maxi Pereira challenges Fernandes Michel Bastos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic.
Fernandes Michel Bastos produces a volleyed left-footed shot from inside the area and strikes the post.
Javier Saviola is ruled offside. Hugo Lloris takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar from the right by-line, clearance by Cristiano Cris.
Yoann Gourcuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victorio Maxi Pereira. Pablo Aimar restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yoann Gourcuff. Free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.
Nicolas Gaitan is sent off by the referee. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Reveillere by Nicolas Gaitan. Fernandes Michel Bastos shoots direct from the free kick.
Maxime Gonalons gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Saviola. Direct free kick taken by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
Foul by Pablo Aimar on Miralem Pjanic, free kick awarded. Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.
Anthony Reveillere booked for unsporting behaviour. Nicolas Gaitan fouled by Anthony Reveillere, the ref awards a free kick. Jorge Carlos Martins takes the direct free kick.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Briand. Direct free kick taken by Yoann Gourcuff.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Carlos Martins by Yoann Gourcuff. Nicolas Gaitan restarts play with the free kick.
Jorge Carlos Martins is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Jorge Carlos Martins challenges Yoann Gourcuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cristiano Cris restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Nicolas Gaitan a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Briand by Nicolas Gaitan. Cristiano Cris restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Miralem Pjanic on Francisco Javi Garcia. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar to the near post, clearance by Fernandes Michel Bastos.
Foul by Yoann Gourcuff on Pablo Aimar, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Pablo Aimar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Aimar by Jimmy Briand. Nicolas Gaitan takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Javier Saviola, Aly Cissokho manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Anthony Reveillere, Jimmy Briand has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Lisandro Lopez is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Jimenez Roberto.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernandes Michel Bastos. Jimenez Roberto takes the free kick.
Jimmy Briand finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Lyon 1-0 Benfica.Assist on the goal came from Fernandes Michel Bastos.
Fernandes Michel Bastos produces a drilled left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that hits the post.
Corner taken by Pablo Aimar.
Jorge Carlos Martins takes a shot. Pape Malickou Diakhate gets a block in.
Shot from outside the box by Pablo Aimar misses to the left of the target.
Javier Saviola delivers the ball, Junior Alan Kardec has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Javier Saviola has an effort at goal. Blocked by Pape Malickou Diakhate.
Yoann Gourcuff challenges Victorio Maxi Pereira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Javier Saviola is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.
Lisandro Lopez takes a shot. Save made by Jimenez Roberto.
Yoann Gourcuff produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Aimar on Cristiano Cris. Free kick taken by Cristiano Cris.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anderson Luisao by Aly Cissokho. Jimenez Roberto takes the direct free kick.
Victorio Maxi Pereira concedes a free kick for a foul on Yoann Gourcuff. Free kick taken by Maxime Gonalons.
The referee blows for offside against Lisandro Lopez. Jimenez Roberto takes the free kick.
Foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Lisandro Lopez, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Yoann Gourcuff.
Junior Alan Kardec gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lisandro Lopez. Yoann Gourcuff restarts play with the free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The match restarts for the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Saviola aims for Euro boost
Benfica striker Javier Saviola is hoping their upturn in form on the domestic front will now spill over into the Champions League as they prepare to face Lyon.
The Portuguese champions made a slow start to the Liga, losing three of their opening four matches, but a run of three successive victories has catapulted them up to second in the standings.
Their Champions League campaign has also made a stuttering start, with victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv followed by a defeat to Schalke last time out.
But Saviola believes the players are beginning to find their way.
"The season did not start well, but the team are performing much better now," the Argentinian told www.slbenfica.pt.
"We are working really hard to find our top form again. We have very important players, we kept the base of players who won the league title last season, and I think everything is working in our favour on the road to getting more titles and good results."
Benfica travel to Lyon looking to inflict a first defeat on the group leaders, who have beaten both Schalke and Hapoel so far.
Lyon's success in Europe is in stark contrast to their Ligue 1 form however, with Les Gones lying a disappointing 14th in the domestic table.
A 3-1 win over Lille at the weekend gave the team something of a lift, but midfielder Michel Bastos admits they cannot afford to let their concentration slip in their fight to climb the standings.
"Football moves forward so quickly," he told www.lequipe.fr.
"Obviously we would like to say `that's it, we've won, we'll move on and soon find a place at the top of the table'. But the league is so complicated and so-called small teams may well beat us.
"We're all in this together, we're all responsible and we all have to work hard."
Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan will miss the visit of Benfica with a foot injury he sustained in the win over Lille, with Maxime Gonalons expected to take his place in the side.
Lyon cruise to Benfica win
Lyon made it three wins from three Champions League Group B matches with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to 10-man Benfica.
Goals in either half from Jimmy Briand and Lisandro Lopez were enough to see off the Portuguese, for whom Nicolas Gaitan was dismissed before half-time.
The win strengthens the French outfit's grip on top spot in the group with Schalke three points behind them in second.
Lyon started well and dominated possession from the outset, playmaker-in-chief Yoann Gourcuff having an eighth-minute shot from 20 yards which flew over.
Striker Lisandro was next to try his luck, two minutes later, firing right-footed from the left of the area which goalkeeper Roberto did well to hold onto.
In the absence of injured striker Oscar Cardozo, Benfica's best work up front came from Argentinian pair Javier Saviola and Pablo Aimar.
Saviola had a shot which was blocked well by Pape Diakhate and then saw a cross headed wide by Junior, before Aimar blasted one wide from 25 yards.
Benfica's purple patch continued as Carlos Martins pressed and had a 20th-minute shot blocked from distance but Lyon upped the ante soon after.
Michel Bastos fired a trademark shot which hit the post and when the Brazilian collected the loose ball and crossed from the left, Briand did well to head home impressively from 12 yards to break the deadlock after 21 minutes.
Four minutes later Briand hit one wide from Anthony Reveillere's cross.
Gaitan was booked and in what seemed some childish vendetta, Gaitan was then sent off four minutes from the break for a second booking after a silly foul on Reveillere - whose had himself been booked for a foul on the Benfica man.
Early in the second half Lisandro forced a save from Roberto before Michel Bastos volleyed, left-footed, against the post.
Another chance came before four minutes of the half had been played, Lisandro somehow missing from close range.
Lyon's second goal did come in the 51st minute. Briand's effort from the edge of the box hit the post and the France striker continued his run to pick up the ball from the right and send in a cross which Lisandro headed against the keeper before hooking home the loose ball.
Briand and Lopez had further chances - the former hitting the post yet again - and Maxime Gonalons sent one wide.
Carlos Martins tried his luck at the other end as the game gradually petered out.
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