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Monday, February 18, 2008

Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester United Champions League: Preview and Live Score

If you are interested to get the online live score and updates of the Manchester United vs Olympique Lyon match then visit the following link:

Manchester United vs Olympique Lyonnaise Live Score and Updates

Olympique Lyonnais hosts Manchester United on 20 February 2008 in the first leg match of Champions League first knock out round. The first leg match will take place at the Lyon home ground Stade Gerland. This is not the first time, United is going to travel to Olympique Lyonnais. In fact, the two sides faced each other in number of occasions in Champions League in the recent seasons. Manchester United’s record in France is also satisfactory. So, it seems that history is in favor of Manchester United ahead of the first leg showdown against Olympique Lyonnais.

Match: Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester United, First Leg of Last 16 round, Champions League

Venue: Stade Gerland

Date: 20 February 2008, Wednesday

Time: 19:45 GMT

Live on: Sky Sports 1

The match is now the center of all attention to the fans of both sides. Both Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester United are the defending champions of their domestic leagues. Olympique Lyonnais has been imperious with winning the League 1 title in last six consecutive seasons. Manchester United, though, does not have that much dominance in premier league in the recent few seasons, they have been pretty much consistent in the league with winning four premier league titles since 1999-2000 season. Manchester United now seeks to defend the title with five-point deficit at the second place in the table. Olympique Lyonnais leads in the League 1 with just one point clear of second-placed Bordeaux.

Actually, Manchester United has not been in dominant form throughout the season in domestic league, but their recent alluring performance is now in evident of their confidence that they are carrying with to head into the Champions League clash. Manchester United has reeled off an enthralling 4-0 victory over Arsenal at the fifth round of FA Cup. However, the Red Devils were going into the game with the memory of recent home derby lose to Manchester City. They have lost five points in the last two league matches.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson rested his in-form midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo in the FA Cup clash with Arsenal in order to ensure his full recovery from stomach upset by the time they travel to Olympique Lyonnais. So, he is expected to come back in action in their Champions league tie. Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves were also rested against Arsenal thinking of the showdown with Olympique Lyonnais. They will also be back in the final team contention when they take on the French champions. So, Manchester United will be bale to draft in a stronger side against the host Lyon.

Guardian reported:

"I was thinking about resting him anyway and perhaps put him on the bench, but when we found out he wasn't well, we decided to give him a complete break," manager Alex Ferguson told United's Web site. Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves, both rested against Arsenal, will return for the trip to play the French champions.

Manchester United showed some inspirational performance against Arsenal that they will try to replicate against Olympique Lyonnais. With Wayne Rooney back in the final line up after suspension, Manchester United showed their true form, even without Ronaldo. Brazilian midfielder Anderson also proved his talent.

Olympique Lyonnais has not been that much dominant in domestic league this season they have been in last few seasons. However, their lackluster recent performance is now major concern of the club ahead of the home match against Manchester United. Their 4-1 victory over Sochaux last weekend did not came as easily as the score line shows with two goals came in the added time. Their 1-0 Cup victory over Croix-de-Savoie was unimpressive. Lyon lost point to St Etienne after being held to a 1-1 draw in the league. So, Captain Juninho and midfielder Mathieu Bodmer have been worried ahead of the crucial match against Manchester United.

Goal.com reported:

Midfielder Mathieu Bodmer. "There are quite a few problems in our game at the moment. We need to improve fast because Manchester United are in a different league."

"Collectively we're not as strong as we should be," Juninho moaned. "We're going through a difficult period and it's time to get out of it."

There is no doubt that Manchester United has got their form back with their FA Cup triumph against Arsenal. They have recovered their confidence they lost following the defeat to Manchester City. Olympique Lyonnais has nothing in their recent form to be inspired ahead of the first leg match of Champions league first knock out round. They must have the result in their favor if they want to progress to the quarter final of Champions League.

Olympique Lyonnais vs Manchester United Champions League: Online Live Score

Those who will not able to watch the live action of the match due to personal or professional works can enjoy the online live score and updates of the match. I am giving some links of online live score sites below:

Live Score

Goalzz

Footie Scorez

Sportpress

Goal.com

When two teams like Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester United face each other, it becomes hard to predict about the result. Considering the recent form, you may think that Manchester United is favorite against Lyon, but I see it as a different game. Both the teams faced some ups and downs this season. I think, those who will be able to put on their every effort in the match and play their natural football will emerge winner in the match. Manchester United may be happy with even a 1-1 draw as they have their home match left at hand to ensure their quarter final berth in Champions League. Olympique Lyonnais, on the other hand, must look to win the match in order have an advantage before they travel to Old Trafford.

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