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Chamakh's strike in vain as Lyons hold firm

Bordeaux 1 Lyons 0 <i>(Lyons win 3-2 on aggregate)</i>

Lyon have Lloris to thank after reaching semi-finals

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Blanc admits Bordeaux are underdogs to reach last four

Bordeaux will have to fix their defensive frailties if they are to overcome a two-goal deficit against Lyons in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Stade Chaban-Delmas tonight.

Lyons in bullish mood after victory in battle of France

Lyons reminded Bordeaux that they were still alive and the rest of Europe that they could still be a threat in the Champions League with their victory in a thrilling first leg of the all-French quarter-final on Tuesday night.

Lisandro double gives Lyons edge

Lyons 3 Bordeaux 1

Lyon dominate French clash

Lyon 3 Bordeaux 1

Blanc hopes Bordeaux can shrug off cup defeat

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Blanc hopes duo's European run hints at French revival

Lyons and Bordeaux's Champions League progress has led to talk of return to glory days

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