10 December 2003
LYON 3-2 CELTIC
Elber headed in a rebound after Juninho's free kick came back off a post. A horrendous piece of defending allowed Celtic back in the match. Cacapa let Sutton's header roll through his legs, Larsson's shot was saved but Hartson steered in the rebound. Hedman made another of his infamous clangers when he was beaten by Juninho's speculative 40 yd shot. Sylla chased down Berthod, he panicked and attempted to pass the ball - across the face of goal, the ball bounced off Sylla and landed at Sutton's feet, 2-2. An extremely dubious penalty sent Lyon into phase two at Celtic's expense. Luyundula's header may or may not have struck Balde's arm but according to the rules handball has to be intentional and this certainly wasn't. The Lyon players pointed for a corner, the ref pointed to the spot, Juninho converted. Sucks to be Celtic.
Assists : Diarra, Sylla
5 November 2003
BAYERN MUNICH 1-2 LYON
An amazing free kick by Juninho, miles away from goal, dipped wickedly before crashing in off the post. Bayern were level soon after through Makaay and Coupet, who looked very shaky, rode his luck in goal with some timely deflections and the post coming to his rescue. Edmilson launched a ball into the box, Demichelis should have cleared but Luyindula robbed him of possession and touched the ball back to Malouda, his shot was charged down by Kuffour but he got a second chance and passed to Elber, he ran wide of Kahn before shooting into the corner. I just knew when the draw was made this would happen. You'd assume Lyon thwarted sustained Bayern pressure to hold onto the points but that's not what happened. Lyon in fact finished stronger with Juninho and Malouda wasting chances on counter attacks.
Assists : Luyindula (won fk), Ze Roberto, Malouda
CELTIC 3-1 ANDERLECHT
3 goals inside the first 30 minutes maintained Celtic's impressive European home record. Larsson nodded in Agathe's cross. Hartson helped on a long ball and Miller smashed into the bottom corner. Sutton's spectacular diving header, again after Hartson had helped on a cross (from a corner) gave Celtic an unassailable lead. A fantastic dive by Dindane gave Anderlecht a penalty. He ran past Balde then kicked himself before falling in the box. Hedman guessed right and saved from Mornar but should have held what was a weakly struck shot, he blocked Wilhelmsson on the rebound only for Dindane to wallop the ball into the roof of he net.
Assists : Agathe, Hartson (x2)
21 October 2003
LYON 1-1 BAYERN MUNICH
Deisler and Santa Cruz started for Bayern. The chances of them two being fit at the same time must be a million to one. Bayern took the lead slightly against the run of play when Makaay converted a Ballack pass. Santa Cruz wasted two great chances to make the points safe before Lyon were finally rewarded for their incessant pressure with Luyindula's headed equaliser. A stunning point blank save denied Elber a chance to score the winning goal against his former club.
Bayern have played like Inter so far and that's a recipe for disaster.
Assists : Ballack, Malouda
30 September 2003
ANDERLECHT 1-1 BAYERN MUNICH A niece piece of trickery by Aruna on the touchline took him away from Kovac, Kahn came off his line to close him down leaving a big gap for Croat Mornar. Santa Cruz' rescued Bayern with a powerful header. I have no idea why Pizarro was sent off.
Assists : Aruna, Salihamidzic
Red Card : Pizarro 35 (Bayern)
CELTIC 2-0 LYON
Coupet pulled off a brilliant save from a Thompson penalty. Miller and Sutton headed in Larsson crosses.
Assists : Larsson (x2)
17 September 2003
BAYERN 2-1 CELTIC
Shortly after Ze Roberto had wasted a clear opening Thompson met a deep cross by Agathe to head Celtic in front. A horrible miss by Balde proved crucial. Celtic had defended well against Bayern crosses all night until Varga headed Salgado's cross straight to Makaay and his fierce volley pierced the bottom corner of the net. For the second time in the match Ze Roberto missed an absolute sitter. Hedman threw away the points when he completely misjudged Makaay's cross.
Assists : Agathe, Sagnol