Gomes holds nerve to send PSV through to semi-finals

<preform>PSV Eindhoven 1 - Lyon 1</br>2-2 agg. PSV win 4-2 on pens</preform>
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Robert, PSV Eindhoven's Brazilian striker, struck the winning penalty that took his side through to the Champions' League semi-finals last night where they will face either Milan or Internazionale.

Robert, PSV Eindhoven's Brazilian striker, struck the winning penalty that took his side through to the Champions' League semi-finals last night where they will face either Milan or Internazionale.

A penalty shoot-out was needed to separate the sides, who had finished level on aggregate after extra time. Lyon's Michael Essien and Eric Abidal saw their kicks saved by Heurelho Gomes, and Robert took full advantage for the 1988 European Cup winners.

Earlier, Alex had found his touch to cancel out Sylvain Wiltord's early strike for the visitors and force the second leg of this quarter-final match into extra time.

Wiltord's opportunist strike had given the French champions an early lead, but Alex produced a composed finish early in the second half to restore parity, and neither team could make the decisive breakthrough.

PSV made the brighter attacking start but, as in the first leg, Lyon took an early lead when Wilfred Bouma failed to get the desired length on a headed clearance from Florent Malouda's innocuous cross and Wiltord latched on to it, held off Alex and fired a shot past Gomes.

After the break PSV rallied and in the 50th minute they fashioned out and then converted a chance when Alex fired home a low volley after Abidal's clearing header from a free-kick failed to reach safety.

PSV Eindhoven: Gomes; Ooijer, Lee, Alex, Bouma, Van Bommel, Park, Cocu, Vogel, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Farfan. Substitutes: Zoetebier, Beasley, Van der Schaaf, Lucius, De Pinho, Bogelund, Sibon.

Olympique Lyon: Coupet; Cris, Cacapa, Abidal, Reveillère, Diarra, Juninho, Essien, Malouda, Govou, Wiltord. Substitutes: Puydebois, Nilmar, Diatta, Bergougnoux, Berthold, Clement, Ben Arfa.

Referee: K M Nielsen (Denmark).

* Uefa has said that it will not instigate proceedings against the Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko for an incident in Tuesday night's Champions' League match where the Ukrainian appeared to head-butt his Internazionale opponent Marco Materazzi. A Uefa spokesman said the match video indicated that the incident appeared to have occurred in front of the assistant referee, who did not indicate anything to referee Markus Merk.

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