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Volcano plays havoc with Lyon's plans
April 20th, 2010 2:14AM

TAGS:  france, germany, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The Icelandic volcano that spewed clouds of ash that have drifted across Europe and closed airports played havoc with the visiting teams traveling this week for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Lyon had to borrow 10 minivans from their academy to travel to Munich for Wednesday's game against Bayern.

Television: Wednesday, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports en Espanol, live, 2:30 pm ET; Fox Soccer Plus, delay, 5 pm ET.

Form: Bayern Munich is coming off a 7-0 win over Hannover 96 in Saturday's Bundesliga action. Arjen Robben had a hat trick against Hanover, while striker Ivica Olic scored two goals on Saturday. Lyon was held to a 2-2 tie by Bordeaux in Ligue 1 action, a rematch of their Champions League quarterfinal series. Lyon's Argentine star, Lisandro Lopez, is doubtful with an ankle injury.

History: It's Bayern first trip to the final four since 2001; Lyon has never advanced this far.

Spotlight: Franck Ribery, who has been in excellent form since returning to the Bayern lineup, will go up against several teammates on the French national team: goalie Hugo Lloris and midfielder Jeremy Toulalan. Another Lyon player is Sydney Govou with whom Ribery has been implicated in a prostitute scandal.

Series Favorite: Bayern Munich.

Probable lineups:
Bayern Munich: 22-Hans-Joerg Butt; 21-Philipp Lahm, 6-Martin Demichelis, 5-Daniel Van Buyten, 23-Danijen Pranjic; 31-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 7-Franck Ribery, 10-Arjen Robben, 25-Thomas Mueller; 11-Ivica Olic, 33-Mario Gomez.
Lyon: 1-Hugo Lloris; 13-Anthony Reveillere, 3-Cris, 28-Jeremy Toulalan, 20-Aly Cissokho; 8-Miralem Pjanic or 10-Ederson, 6-Kim Kallstrom, 41-Maxime Gonalons; 7-Michel Bastos, 19-Cesar Delgado; 9-Lisandro Lopez.

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