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Gazélec Ajaccio 0-4 Lyon

Thursday 12th April 2012
Lyon has booked its second final of the season after brushing aside 10 men Gazélec Ajaccio 4-0 in the Coupe de France at the Stade Ange Casanova.

With the score still 0-0, the home side had Anthony Colinet sent off for a dangerous tackle on Alexandre Lacazette in the 38th minute.

Lacazette then broke the deadlock in the 58th minute before goals from Lisandro Lopez, Clément Grenier and Bafetimbi Gomis completed the scoring.

The tie looked like a mis-match on paper with Ajaccio coming from the third tier of French football, but Lyon knew they would have a tough time visiting the Stade Ange Casanova which only holds 8,000, especially after the home side had already seen off Toulouse and Montpellier en-route to the semi final.

The visitors were fortunate not to go behind early on, Mickael Colloredo turned well in the box, only to smash his shot against the inside of the post. The ball then trickled along the line before being cleared.

Just moments later Jimmy Briand was then released down the right, the winger did well to cut in on his left before smashing the ball against the bar.

A high and late tackle from behind on Lacazette spelt the end of Colinet's game and any hopes of Ajaccio causing an upset followed him down the tunnel.

Then on the verge of half time Lucas Bastello kept the scores level as he produced two brilliant saves to deny a header from Briand and a bullet free kick from Kim Källström's.

Ajaccio then nearly took the lead but Nicolas Verdier shot straight at Hugo Lloris who stood up well at his front post.

Lyon did eventually break the deadlock through a piece of good fortune. Briand's shot was saved by Bastello but keeper could only push the ball to Lacazette who tucked in the rebound.

The goal opened the floodgates for Lyon and a second goal quickly arrived. Anthony Réveillère skipped in to the box and pulled back for Lopez who coolly converted the chance.

Grenier added the third, a rare mistake from Bastello who came to collect the ball but scuffed his punch allowed Grenier to lift the ball over the keeper from outside the box.

The visitors then countered swiftly with Gomis scoring just seconds after a Ajaccio corner to wrap up the win which see's them book another visit to the Stade de France for the final.
Glenn Noble

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