PSV through on penalties

PSV Eindhoven substitute Robert was the hero as he slotted the deciding penalty to book their place in the Champions League semi-final – and a probable double-header against AC Milan.

PSV Eindhoven 1 Lyon 1 (Aggregate 2-2, PSV win 4-2 on penalties)

PSV Eindhoven substitute Robert was the hero as he slotted the deciding penalty to book their place in the Champions League semi-final – and a probable double-header against AC Milan.

With the match finishing 1-1 after extra-time, following the same result in the opening leg, the youngster kept his head as PSV triumphed 4-2 in the shoot-out to end a European hoodoo which had seen them lose their last six quarter-finals.

It was a French double for the Dutch league leaders, who had dumped Monaco out in the previous round, and they managed to restrict their high-scoring opposition to limited opportunities during the game.

Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet was immediately called into action in the opening minute as a speculative PSV throughball was nearly seized upon by the on-rushing Park Ji-Sung in the penalty area – only for Coupet to clean up the danger.

But the game exploded into life in the 10th minute as Sylvain Wiltord silenced the home fans in the Philips Stadium by giving Lyon the lead with their first chance of the game.

The former Arsenal striker latched upon a weak headed clearance from Wilfred Bouma and from just inside the penalty area struck a firm right-foot shot which PSV goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes got a hand to but could not keep out.

Wiltord’s sixth strike of the competition took the free-scoring French team to a record equalling 29 goals in a Champions League campaign – and minutes later he threatened again sending in a dangerous left-wing cross which Gomes smartly cut out.

It was all PSV after the visitors’ opening strike and Park, in particular, was proving a problem to the Lyon defence with his direct running.

After cutting inside from the right-wing in the 35th minute, he curled a left-foot effort from 25 yards which looked to be heading for goal only for Eric Abidal to put in a brave block.

The home side were rewarded five minutes into the second period as Cris gave away a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the Lyon box.

Mark van Bommel swung in the cross to the back post and after another weak clearance, Alex chested the ball down inside the penalty area before lashing an unstoppable right-foot drive past Coupet.

This brought the home fans to life and moments later Park flashed a 30-yard drive narrowly over the crossbar after cutting inside Anthony Reveillere.

Chances were at a premium in the following 20 minutes but a series of Lyon corners saw Cris threaten twice.

Juninho had shown little sign of his devilish ability from set-pieces but his first delivery was met by the defender who fired in a shot that was eventually cleared by PSV.

He met the next cross with an acrobatic volley which drifted wide before Jefferson Farfan had an excellent opportunity to give the home team the lead at the other end.

The Peruvian was presented with the chance after Coupet could only parry substitute DaMarcus Beasley’s near-post cross into his path. But from close range he lost control and the ball rolled harmlessly wide.

The final whistle blew with the two teams locked at 2-2 on aggregate and extra-time beckoned with the visitors denied what appeared to be a cast-iron penalty in the 10th minute of the first period.

There appeared to be no danger as Juninho chased a ball towards the byline - but PSV keeper Gomes thought differently and appeared to drag him down although referee Kim Milton Nielsen remained unmoved.

In the second period the home side threatened as both side’s began to realise the lottery of the penalty shoot out was imminent.

Park went close from outside the penalty area, Philip Cocu fired into Coupet’s arms and Van Bommel flashed a free-kick just wide.

However, the scoreline remained 1-1 and after three successful penalties Gomes saved a weak attempt from Lyon’s midfield talisman Michael Essien.

Coupet saved Beasley’s penalty but Gomes immediately returned the favour repelling Abidal, to leave young substitute Robert to keep a cool head and place the crucial spot-kick into the corner to secure passage through to the semi-finals.

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