Wiltord and Lyon humiliate German champions

Lyon 7 Werder Bremen 2 (Lyon win 10-2 on aggregate)

Lyon 7 Werder Bremen 2 (Lyon win 10-2 on aggregate)

Former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord netted a hat-trick as Lyon made the most of Werder Bremen’s policy of all-out attack to ruthlessly dump the German side out of the Champions League tonight.

Mickael Essien scored twice for the hosts while Florent Malouda and Jeremy Berthod also got their names on the scoresheet.

Johan Micoud and Valerien Ismael netted Bremen’s consolations.

Wiltord opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a crisp low finish from Malouda’s through-ball and he had a hand in the second nine minutes later.

Sidney Govou’s pass from the right-hand side was dummied by Wiltord and, from the edge of the box, Essien swept the ball past Andreas Reinke with his left-foot.

Essien added Lyon’s third after 30 minutes when he took the ball round Reinke before slotting in before Micoud pulled one back for last season’s Bundesliga champions.

Wiltord made it 4-1 when he ran on to Govou’s inch-perfect pass and lifted the ball over Reinke.

Bremen reduced the arrears a minute later when Fabian Ernst went down under the challenge of Lamine Diatta and Ismael netted from the spot.

It mattered little to the hosts, though, as Malouda netted the goal his all-action performance deserved when he cut in from the left and fired a low drive inside Reinke’s near post.

Wiltord’s treble came after 64 minutes when he fired Govou’s right-wing cross high into the net.

Berthod capped an astonishing evening with Lyon’s seventh with 10 minutes remaining. Frank Fahrenhorst needlessly pushed substitute Nilmar and Berthod slotted home the resulting penalty.

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