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Trophee des Champions: Lyon 2 Montpellier 2 (4-2 on pens)

29 July 2012 01:31

Lyon clinched their seventh Trophee des Champions after beating 10-man Montpellier 4-2 on penalties at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

John Utaka opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 champions in the 27th minute before Bafetimbi Gomis restored parity a minute before half-time.

New signing Emanuel Herrera converted a penalty early into the second half before Jimmy Briand again equalised with a superb volley with 15 minutes left.

Marco Estrada was sent off for a challenge on Yassine Benzia as Alexandre Lacazette and Briand wasted glorious chances to win it for Lyon late on.

In the ensuing penalty shootout, Hugo Lloris was the hero as Lyon prevailed, saving from Henri Bedimo to win.

Utaka had the first real chance, cutting in from the left before striking a powerful effort against the crossbar of Lloris as Remi Garde's men breathed an early sigh of relief.

Montpellier, by far the more adventurous of the two teams, took the lead in the 27th minute.

A fine threaded ball towards Utaka on the left saw the Nigerian international take full advantage of questionable Lyon defending, dribbling nonchalantly past three defenders and rifling a sumptuous finish into the roof of Lloris' net for 1-0.

Lyon's equaliser came a minute before half-time as Gomis rose highest to head in a whipped cross from Yoann Gourcuff.

The second half began in controversial fashion as a free-kick from Marco Estrada struck the hand of Mahamadou Dabo and referee Jorge Gonzalez awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Herrera who struck with aplomb to restore Montpellier's advantage in the 56th minute.

Yet, Lyon found an equaliser in the 77th minute through Briand, who fired into the bottom corner after a cross from Lacazette.

Estrada was given his marching orders two minutes later and Lyon wasted several chances to win the clash, but Lloris ensured they got the job done in the shootout.

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Competition
Super Cup
Date
28 July 2012
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Penalties
2 - 4
Venue
Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
Attendance
15166

Goals

J. Utaka 27'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
44' B. Gomis
 (assist by Y. Gourcuff)
E. Herrera (PG) 56'  
2 - 1
2 - 2
77' J. Briand
 (assist by A. Lacazette)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
16
12
4
3 61'
5 80'
13 79'
23
20
7 27'
8
11 56'
Coach: R. Girard
# Player Bookings
1
3
14
20
4
8
15
21
18 44'
19 77'
10 30'
Coach: R. Garde

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
25
13
7
12
23
24
30

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