Lyon knocks Real Madrid out of Champions League

LONDON – Big-spending Real Madrid was knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon on Wednesday and Manchester United spoiled David Beckham’s return to Old Trafford with a 4-0 victory over AC Milan.

Nine-time European champion Madrid spent euro250 million ($340 million) on new players to try and win the trophy for the first time since 2002 and now will have to wait at least one more season.

“We didn’t score enough goals in the first half to be able to play calmly in the second half,” said Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini. “We didn’t try to get the second goal collectively, we were making too many individual plays.”

To make it worse for Madrid, the May 22 final is at its Bernabeu Stadium, which is now a realistic target for Lyon.

In Tuesday’s games, Arsenal outplayed FC Porto 5-0 to reach the quarterfinal 6-2 overall and four-time European champion Bayern Munich made it on away goals despite losing 3-2 at Fiorentina. The two teams finished 4-4 on aggregate.

A long pass by Jose Maria “Guti” Gutierrez’ released Cristiano Ronaldo down the left and the winger, who left United for Real Madrid at the end of last season, fired an angled shot through the legs of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for his seventh Champions League goal of the season.

It should have been 2-0 in the 26th when Gonzalo Higuain got clear and rounded the goalkeeper but fired against the post when faced by an empty net.

Jean II Makoun, who scored Lyon’s spectacular goal in the first leg, squandered a rare chance for the visitor when a cross found him unmarked in front of goal as he miskicked the ball from 10 meters out.

Next week’s games are Chelsea-Inter Milan (1-2), CSKA Moscow-Sevilla (1-1), Barcelona-Stuttgart (1-1) and Bordeaux-Olympiakos (1-0).


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