Champions League

Barcelona 2 - Olympique Lyon 0

Barcelona: Bonano; Gabri, Puyol, De Boer, Coco; Luis Enrique (Motta 90'), Xavi, Cocu; Geovanni (Saviola 46'), Rivaldo (Reiziger 88'); Kluivert. 4-3-2-1.
Lyon: Coupet; Deflandre, Müller, Caçapa, Edmilson, Brechet; Linares, Foe, Laigle (Delmonte 82'); Anderson (Luyindula 46', Née 83'), Govou. 4-4-2.

1-0. 79. Kluivert. Powerful header over keeper after Xavi's chipped pass.
2-0. 87. Rivaldo (penalty). After Edmilson brought down Kluivert in area.

Two late goals gave Barcelona an important victory in this match, which was postponed from three weeks ago after the attacks in New York. Rexach was forced to put out a makeshift defence, with Andersson, Christanval, Sergi and Abelardo all out and Reiziger not fully fit, and Puyol switched from right back to the centre of the back four. Rivaldo came in to the side having only just returned from playing for Brazil, and he should have scored in the second minute when keeper Coupet was forced to head Caçapa's bad back pass against his own bar, the rebound falling to the striker who could only head it back against the keeper with the goal at his mercy.

A few minutes later Rivaldo wasted another opportunity, putting a shot wide, and the crowd started to question whether he had fully recovered from his long trip. At half time Rexach brought on Saviola, who had once again been left on the bench, with the visitors taking off the ex Barcelona forward Sonny Anderson, who had not had a successful first half. Lyon started to come back though, and Bonano was forced to make two close up saves from Govu and then from Laigle. Then with spectators getting impatient and throwing things on to the pitch, Xavi flighted a ball in to the penalty area, and Kluivert headed over Coupet for the opening goal.

With three minutes to go Kluivert forced his way in to the area, and referee Kim Nielsen pointed to the spot as Edmilson brought the Dutch striker down. The French players protested, but Rivaldo stepped up to redeem himself and place the penalty kick under Coupet. Barcelona had saved the day and move in to second place on six points, three behind Bayer Leverkusen, who visit the Nou Camp next week. Lyon have three points, with Fenerbahçe yet to get off the mark.