Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bayern wins 1-0 in Champs League semi

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal praised his side for their 1-0 win over Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg, as both sides finished with ten-men.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben hit the winning goal, which will give Bayern a slender advantage for next Tuesday's second leg in France.

Since joining Bayern from Real Madrid in August 2009, Robben has now scored 20 goals in all competitions, but none so important as his 69th-minute strike.

"I am very happy," said van Gaal whose side are still on course of the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles.

"1-0 is a good result and means we don't have to take any risks for the second-leg, so we have done very well."

The first-half dismissal of Bayern's Franck Ribery for a dangerous challenge was cancelled out when Lyon's France defender Jeremy Toulalan was also dismissed just after the break for a second yellow card.

Both Toulalan and Ribery will now miss the second-leg, as will Bayern's Danijel Pranjic who picked up his third yellow card of the Champions League campaign.

"This was a very dubious red card against Ribery," said van Gaal. "There is always the chance they can be given and Ribery gave the referee the possibility, he stayed on his feet longer than was necessary."

With captain Mark van Bommel suspended, defender Philipp Lahm took charge and he admitted it would be hard to comfort Ribery after a difficult week.

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