Big Match Feature: Lyon v Bayern
Written by Dave
Olympique Lyonnais take on Bayern München at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon having suffered defeat against the German giants in their only previous Uefa Champions League semifinal.
Bayern stormed into the last four with a remarkable, and record-breaking, 8-2 victory against Barcelona – a result that equalled the biggest aggregate victory in a Uefa Champions League quarterfinal.
Lyon, meanwhile, sprang a surprise against Manchester City in the last quarterfinal, Moussa Dembélé coming off the bench to score twice and secure a 3-1 victory that set up a second Franco-German semifinal in this season’s competition, 24 hours after Leipzig’s tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Not only did Bayern come out on top in the sides’ semifinal meeting in 2010, they have won every game in this season’s competition and have scored 39 goals in the 2019/20 Uefa Champions League to date – the fourth highest tally in the competition’s history and the best goal-per-game average of all (4.33).
All eight of the teams’ past contests came between 2000 and 2010, and all in the Uefa Champions League. Bayern secured an ultimately comfortable win in that semifinal in 2010, Arjen Robben scoring the only goal of the first leg in Munich before an Ivica Olic hat-trick sealed a 3-0 win in Lyon with Thomas Müller providing an assist in that second leg.
In the 2008/09 group stage, they shared a 1-1 draw in Munich before a 3-2 Bayern win at Lyon’s old Stade de Gerland home, Miroslav Klose scoring twice to help secure first place in the section and consign their hosts to second.
It was Lyon first and Bayern second when the teams met in the 2003/04 group stage. Then they drew 1-1 at Gerland – Péguy Luyindula’s 88th-minute equaliser rescuing the hosts – before Lyon won 2-1 in Bavaria through a goal from Bayern old boy Giovane Elber.