Over in Lyon, Manchester United supporters were holding their breath until Carlos Tevez came to the rescue with another late equalizer, after Lyon striker Karim Benzema, whose list of admirers includes United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, had fired the hosts in front with an unstoppable left-footed strike in the 54th minute. As Ferguson said, "Great strikers score great goals. That was a great goal, nothing you can do about it."
Don't be surprised if you see Benzema wearing the red of Manchester United next season, says Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune: "The sooner Lyon is out of the Champions League, the sooner progress might be made on any deal." Tevez's 87th minute equalizer, brilliantly fashioned by fellow substitute Nani, certainly put the Red Devils in the driver's seat for the second-leg.