A flamboyant backheeled goal from Norwegian striker John Carew brought Real Madrid down to earth last night to earn Lyon a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, meaning Gérard Houllier's side will finish top of Group F.
Real's 29-year-old midfielder Guti, who was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Raul, who faces is sidelined with a knee injury, put the home side 1-0 up just before the break, but Carew's unlikely moment of magic earned the French side a point.
Real coach Wanderley Luxemburgo was jeered by the fans when he substituted David Beckham with 10 minutes left.
The Brazilian said he was hurt by the way he had been treated, and the fans did not appreciate why he made the change. "The people just didn't understand. Beckham was holding his back and was in pain. What do the people want me to do? Do they want him to die on the pitch before I change him? Yes, he was our best player with his long raking passes and crosses, but he couldn't take any more."
Group E is still very much up for grabs after Milan won 4-0 in Turkey last night against Fenerbahce, Andrei Shevchenko scoring all four and moving past his half-century of club goals in Europe. Schalke's 3-0 home victory over PSV Eindhoven, thanks to Levan Kobiashvili's hat-trick, means Milan and the Germans now have eight points each, and the two teams meet in Milan in their final group game on 6 December.