Thursday, December 8th, 2011
With the news that theÂ French gambling regulator (ARJEL) has launched an investigation into Dinamo Zagreb 1 – Lyon 7 it seems clear that it wasn’t just Domagoj Vida’s wink that may have given the game away.
Amazingly, UEFA have not commented on this result and appear to be shying away from investigating the match themselves, perhaps it brings too much shame on their premier competition?
Lyon scored six of their goals in 28
crazy dubious minutes having previously claimed just two goals in five (450 minutes) Champions League group matches.
It seems if a deal was agreed, it could well have come at half-time when Real Madrid were 2-0 up at Ajax.Â At the break Lyon were 500/1 to win the match 7-1 and 12/1 to qualify.
Rumours were already circulating on Wednesday evening that Dinamo would receive 2.1 million euros for allowing Lyon to win big and that Zoran Mamic, president of the Croatian side, had been bribed.
Here is a breakdown of the goals that look rather iffy and which UEFA should perhaps (!) take a look at:
Lyon second goal, scored by Maxime Gonalons v Dinamo Zagreb: Inexplicably, Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava does not even lift his hands and just jumps lamely in the air.
Lyon third goal, scored by Bafetimbi Gomis v Dinamo Zagreb: Straight from kick off, after the Gonalons goal, horrific defending at the back allowed Briand to square for Gomis. Spanish newspaper AS have a slide show of this on their website and describe it as a “strange goal.”
Lyon fifth goal, scored by Lisandro Lopez v Dinamo Zagreb: The Dinamo defence is once again ridiculously high up and Lopez is almost offered the nutmeg by keeper Kelava.
Lyon sixth goal, scored by Bafetimbi Gomis v Dinamo Zagreb: Probably the worst goal of the lot. A Zagreb midfielder simply stops as Aly Cissokho is given the freedom of the left hand side. Kelava is again guilty of not even making an attempt to save.