Lyon draws Madrid 2-2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> John Carew and Florent Malouda scored first-half goals on Tuesday to help Lyon draw 2-2 with Real Madrid.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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John Carew and Florent Malouda scored first-half goals on Tuesday to help Lyon draw 2-2 with Real Madrid and win Group E of the Champions League. Mahamadou Diarra and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored for Madrid, which is certain to finish second and face a match against another group winner in the next round. Van Nistelrooy, who also missed a late penalty for Madrid, equalized in the 83rd minute after Raul Gonzalez had hit the post with a header from Roberto Carlos' free kick. Cris was whistled for tripping Van Nistelrooy in the 88th, but Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet dived to his left to parry the Dutch striker's spot kick and maintain his team's unbeaten record in this season's competition. "We saw a great game today. We could have won. We missed a penalty. Lyon doesn't concede goals. We nearly scored three against them," Madrid coach Fabio Capello said. Lyon in command After five games, Lyon has 13 points, three more than Madrid. Both teams had already qualified for the second round. The nine-time European champions have now failed to beat Lyon in four games over the last two seasons. "This evening we saw some spectacular soccer. There was rhythm, intensity and emotion. Real Madrid is a strong, solid team with great offensive power," Lyon coach Gerard Houllier said. Lyon, which had downed Madrid 2-0 in the opening group match September, took the lead in the 11th minute when Carew beat Fabio Cannavaro, ran between Emerson and Ivan Helguera and then struck the ball home with the outside of the foot from the edge of the area. "Marking John Carew would have been difficult for anyone. I've never seen a John Carew like today. We saw a great player out there. John Carew is a phenomenon," Capello said, Lyon doubled its lead in the 31st minute when Malouda ran in to meet Juninho's swerving free kick from the right and flicked the ball past Casillas from close range. Madrid fight back Diarra, playing against his former club, reduced the deficit eight minutes later by sending a diving header past Coupet after Van Nistelrooy had headed Reyes's corner into the goalmouth. The goal was the first Lyon has conceded so far in this season's competition. Carew, playing due to injuries to Fred, Sylvain Wiltord and Sidney Govou, created a clear chance for midfielder Thiago in the 18th, but the Portuguese player shot straight at goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Madrid, lacking the injured Ronaldo and David Beckham, lost midfielder Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez to injury in the 20th minute following a foul by Jeremy Toulalan and was replaced by Jose Antonio Reyes. Playing in front of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, players scuffled in injury time following Malouda's foul on Reyes, leading to yellow cards for the French midfielder and Madrid captain Raul. In final group games on December 6, Lyon hosts Steaua Bucharest, while Madrid visits Dynamo Kiev. (AP)

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