Sunday 23 July 2017

Benzema gives Madrid edge

Lyon 1
Real Madrid 1

Bafetimbi Gomis struck a late equaliser for Lyon but Real Madrid will be favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven years thanks to Karim Benzema's away goal.

Benzema -- who joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009 -- scored just seconds after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute to put Madrid ahead in this last-16, first-leg tie.

Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo combined on the edge of the area to put in Benzema, who powered his away across the centre of the box before squeezing his shot through Hugo Lloris' legs.

Madrid felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the 64th minute for handball after another Ronaldo free-kick had been blocked, but their appeals were waved away by the referee.

However, Real Madrid could not hold onto their advantage as Lyon pressed for an equaliser. A free-kick was deflected up into air and Cris climbed highest to head the ball into the path of the unmarked Gomis, who volleyed past Iker Casillas to earn his side a draw.

Irish Independent

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