Real Madrid made sure of qualification to the knock out stages with two games in hand as the Galacticos rode on a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo, who recorded a century of goals for the men in royal white this evening.
It was an open match of football from the very outset with both teams looking to attack. The majority of chances fell to Real Madrid. However, Lyon had their fair share of chances at home and were thwarted by a brilliant display at goal from Real skipper Iker Casillas.
Lyon’s Jimmy Briand was the first man to test Casillas, who was equal to the task while Ronaldo had a shot of his own stopped well by Hugo Lloris. Lloris was soon back in action as he made a superb save of a Karim Benzema effort while one of his defenders blocked a fearsome strike from Ronaldo.
The first goal came for Real from a free-kick inside the D carelessly conceded by Yoann Gourcuff, who pushed Karim Benzema. Ronaldo took it expertly, unleashing a fearsome low shot that flew past Lloris.
Jimmy Briand got back in action again as he looked to capitalize from a rare defensive lapse from Madrid, but his deflected shot was well-saved by Iker Casillas. Cristiano Ronaldo impressed thereafter with some exquisite footwork on the ball but his effort was dealt with by Mouhamadou Dabo.
Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria tried their luck on goal but were repeatedly thwarted by Lloris who had a brilliant day at goal. Thereafter, Kone appeared to handle a strong header from Sergio Ramos from a corner. The referee signaled a corner after the ball rolled out for play to the dismay of the Real players and officials.
However, soon after, Mouhamadou Dabo fouled Cristiano Ronaldo in the box which led to a penalty decision. The former Manchester United winger picked himself up to slot home a penalty well past Lloris to extend Real’s lead to 2-0.
It was a great performance from Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo as he ended up being the only man who was able to find the back of the net in a difficult match.
The rivalry between these two teams in European competition has grown in the past few seasons with Lyon winning several crucial matches and ending Madrid’s hopes several times. However, this time, it was Madrid who had the last laugh at the sound of the final whistle.