Dinamo Zagreb Lyon match fixed? Domagoj Vida wink Video Gomis 2011 Champions League 1-7

By Soccer Blog | Dec 8, 2011

Domagoj Vida wink Dinamo Lyon

Olympique Lyon produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks of all time, thrashing Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 last night ( December 7, 2011) with Bafetimbi Gomis scoring four goals. Ajax lost 3-0 to Real Madrid, and Lyon’s heavy margin of victory saw them qualify at Ajax’s expense. However the ease with which Lyon scored the goals in the second half has led to a question being asked around- Was the Dinamo Zagreb-Lyon match fixed?

Here is some evidence that raises more suspicion about Dinamo-Lyon being fixed. Zagreb defender Domagoj Vida is here seen winking ( See Vida winking video above) and giving the thumbs up to Bafetimbi Gomis right after Lisandro Lopez scored Lyon’s fifth goal.

29 Comments so far
  1. Johann December 8, 2011 11:01 am

    This needs to be investigated by UEFA.

    Ajax should have their rightful spot in the Round of 16

  2. cenk December 8, 2011 12:51 pm

    yes needs to be investigated,i played 6 match and i losted just from zagreb-lyon,this s not fair.((((

  3. George December 8, 2011 1:33 pm

    mr platini how much money did u send to borussia dortmund,.. to zagreb both games at halftime to make sure your french teams come back and win? 2 goals in 5 games for lyon and they score 6 in 1 half ? congratulations……..idiot

  4. planteplume December 8, 2011 1:49 pm

    If proof is produced that Dynamo Zagreb was involved in match fixing, UEFA should exclude the 6 games it played in its group in order to avoid any undeserved qualification.

    In that case Lyon would evidently still qualify thanks to UEFA coefficient instead of, sad but true, that sympathic team of Ajax.

  5. Football b4 Money December 8, 2011 1:53 pm

    not only this wink, 7 goals in too short a timeframe indicate possible bribery, also two unjustifably disqualified Ajax goals in Amsterdam do so.

    unfortunately, it will be very difficult to prove…

    and: 25 mln euros was at stake.

  6. Eric December 8, 2011 1:58 pm

    When you do look at it, it does look fixed. Dinamo hardly tried to stop lyon from scoring.

    Unfortunately while we all know it is fixed, it will be difficult for uefa to prove it.

  7. Coron December 8, 2011 2:23 pm

    It is allmost impossible to make 3 goals in 6 minutes; the defenders fall down direct after a forwarder pushed the ball (what is technical very curious to do three times…) end a defender who congratulates the attaquer of Lyon. How many prove you need. Something must be done to this kind of fraude

  8. Jarnik December 8, 2011 2:49 pm

    What is this all about? Shame on you UEfa, Every 1 knows this is fixed game. Proof everywhere, i realy hope ajax get what it deserves. They score 2 100% goals against fking madrid, and they canceld becouse it was fixed too. and then you got that idiot french team who cant score 3 goals in 5 matches and they score 6 in 20 min. you still need proof?

    french teams were always like that, 1991 O.Marseille, yesterday Again O.marseile agianst dortmund, and today lyon. did you ever watch french league? 18 teams score highly 7 goals in a weekend, so boring competion out there, every match ends 0-0 or maybe 1-0.

    But becouse platini is head of fifa, they come away with this.

  9. SPJ December 8, 2011 3:02 pm

    UEFA have already said they won’t open a probe.

    Their fraud detection system found nothing wrong in this game- wonder what the folks in that department do

  10. Football b4 Money December 8, 2011 3:09 pm

    why not start an alternative European football association (excluding Dinamo, Lyon and several Turkish teams)?

  11. SPJ December 8, 2011 3:23 pm

    @ F B4 M,

    that would mean france and croatia not playing at the euros- both countries have some excellent young players and we know what turkey did at Euro 2008 ( they didn’t qualify this time, but that’s a different story)

  12. Geewiz December 8, 2011 4:20 pm

    I wonder what basis UEFA uses to launch a probe into an atypical result. I would think that if an event causes fans to think and believe that something was out of the ordinary, that should be enough ground to launch an enquiry. After all, image rests on perception rather than facts. Surely it won’t hurt UEFA to just open an investigation and put the issue to bed…for the sake of football do something Platini !!! Where have you ever seen a defender congratulating an opposition striker for a well taken goal during play????

  13. Teo December 8, 2011 4:31 pm

    There’s a photo of the same defender exiting a betting place. I really wonder to whom he bet and the amount of money he bet too…

  14. Teo December 8, 2011 4:33 pm

    And by the way, the fraud detection system is actually based on cooperation with betting companies. It’s very natural that UEFA can’t detect any fraud here because the purpose of the fix was not to make direct profit from betting, but to help one team to pass to 16 of C.L.

  15. helder December 8, 2011 8:08 pm

    i don’t think there is a fixed match because if really it was i don’t think the player will do something like that because he know that cameras are everywhere specially when a goal are scored

  16. sdsf December 8, 2011 8:12 pm

    Platini has an illegeal characteristics.

    When disqualifying Fenerbahce without any proofs UEFA said CL has brand value, you are so idiot and funny. Thank God that we are not in your dirty league which has “brand value”.

    Also when they try to eliminate Sion, they were f.ed up

    Winking guy also has habit of betting.And UEFA says there is no proof… How legal you are. Bravooo!!!

  17. Rodrigo December 8, 2011 8:25 pm

    Did you know that teams make more money going through to the play-off-round of the champions league then they do when winning the europa league final? This wasn’t about benefits from placed bets, this was purely about finance. Lyon makes more money losing both games of the next round with 5-0 then they would if they’d make it to the semi-final of the europa league. They weren’t sure of making it through to the next round, but since Ajax was down 0-2 at half-time, it was worth the investment. They probably gave promised Zagreb half a mil. Playing soccer has become closely related to playing the stock market and it makes me sad. A real pro-athletic league couldn’t be corrupted by things like this. Nobody is going to do anything about it. Lyon scores 7 times in 28 minutes and Zagreb doesn’t foul once. The other 62 minutes plus injury time they seem to have trouble finding the goal, but for 28 minutes they do better than FC Barcelona would do against a team of 5 retards. I’m not an Ajax supporter and I didn’t necessarily have anything against Lyon until yesterday, but this is unfair and such a team has no place in football. Ajax used to be one of the greats, but they have become a small team like many others through corruption and fraud

  18. SS December 8, 2011 8:34 pm

    That wink was ironic…are you sou stupid ?

  19. rigas_bimbis December 9, 2011 1:39 am

    Wink means nothing. he just says – ok, you scored, now calm down, shut up, and dont hurry, I dont want any other goals.

    This wink is no proof :D

  20. sdsf December 9, 2011 8:23 am

    By the way, why did UEFA limit the Zagreb – Lyon highlights on youtube while i can watch others?

  21. Football b4 Money December 9, 2011 10:04 am

    @ SPJ
    I agree, excluding countries does not sounds like a good initiative from the start.

    Any suspicious occurences should be subject to an investigation, though, with exclusion as a result if players, clubs or nationals teams cannot prove their innocence.

    @ the rest: this is not just about a wink, but also about scoring 7 goals in less than 30 mins, Zagreb defenders moving like lightposts and historical indications of fixing with Zagreb involved.

  22. Klaasbaass December 9, 2011 10:28 pm

    Fack Lyon, Fack dynamo zagreb period

  23. ali December 10, 2011 8:41 am

    You know what Platini said, if there is “no big money transaction in betting” it is accepted as normal. So i think there is nothing on bets in Turkey, but Fenerbahce was excluded for suspicion, where such dealings always take place in the UEFA cups for years, people only get angry when someone noticeable got hurt or something like winking happens, i remember a match between a turkish team and french team in uefa prelimanary where the referee played 13 minutes of extra time (where nothing happens to ensure that time) because the french team needed a goal to qualify… so we also remember how french national team qualifies to 2 cups with clear offside goals etc… platini is the center of corruption… and almost every team is doing this to survive or win…

  24. Mercedes December 10, 2011 7:49 pm

    The main argument of those who think the match was fixed is the wink. It’s like accusing a man of murder because he held a knife stained with blood the same night another man was killed… What if he was just cutting meat to prepare supper? What if the wink was simply ironic, meaning “hey mate, piss off I am not giving you the ball”? There is really no direct proof to incriminate Lyon. Have any of you taken in consideration that neither Lisandro, Bastos, Kallstrom or Reveillere started the game on the pitch, which are 4 of Lyon’s essential players? It was obvious to see based on the starting 11 that the coach had no hopes and was insteas resting key players ahead of the next game in Ligue 1.

    Also, it is obvious you folks did not see the game. The first half saw Lyon give a miserable effort and even concede the opening goal. Then after the red card and a quick Gomis goal following that red card, that’s when the coach decided to give it a shot (knowing Ajax was losing 0-2), and sent in Lisandro. From there, it was a totally different story and Lyon players were working much harder. Must I add that Dynamo had taken 6 goals to Madrid and 4 to Ajax with 11 men on the pitch. So for a motivated Lyon team to score 6 goals with a man advantage against 10 discouraged and heartless Zagreb players was, to my sense, far from an impossible task.

    Ajax can only blame themselves. They had 2 shots at securing their spot. They played for the draw in Gerland and at home against Madrid, so they got what they deserved. Lack of ambitions leads to lack of results, and I hope they learn from this experience. Lyon, on the other hand, is reaching the knockout stage for the 9th consecutive year and is still a top 10 european club.

  25. yes December 10, 2011 9:18 pm

    uefa wont find any evidence because it was uefa who fixed the match themselves!!!!!

  26. CueTip December 13, 2011 11:02 am

    I am an AJAX supporter and despite all so-called evidence i dont think this game was fixed.
    First of all: The referee in the AJAX game made NO mistake. He reacted on signals from the linesman. But if the linesman was bribed then both of them had to be bribed cuz there is no way of knowing which linesman would stand on AJAX side. Highly unlikely.
    Secondly: Even if lyon did win big, There was no way to know that AJAX would lose to Real. A draw would have put AJAX in the last 16 anyway.
    So, only 1 possible scenario is left. Seeing both halftime scores it would be possible to bribe the Zagreb players during halftime, but since all players are in their dressing room and the halls are flooded with officials this would be highly unlikely too.
    The only thing that remains left to say is the disallowance of 2 valid AJAX goals where AJAX would would have been 2-0 up against real. This would never have resulted in a loss for AJAX because the game would have been totally different.
    If UEFA would implement a replay camera system to immediately review certain game aspects (like in american football) the fairness of the game would greatly improve and arbitrary errors would be cancelled. Every broadcasting company nowadays have the use of sophisticated computer programs to view all situations 360 degr. on a frozen image within seconds, so i wonder if UEFA leaves room for errors on purpose.

  27. LISTEN December 13, 2011 11:06 pm

    all write about Ajax good !!!

    Ajax also fixing matches in his league.

    the full soccer is corrupted !!! end

  28. Deano December 20, 2011 8:30 pm

    Cuetip……. The game was rigged but only by Zagreb.
    Lyon were simply there to take advantage of Zagrebs hospitality.
    As for half time being full of officials and any offering of money being difficult to do, its so easy !!
    They wouldnt be walking around with brown envelopes would they? Mobile phone call and a message to the Zagreb players during the second half… Lets face it, it was quite a few minutes intot he second half when the goals started going in so why would the deal be done at half time?

    Theres no doubt it was fixed.

  29. nextefc February 3, 2012 5:25 pm

    AFC didn’t deserve that. All these things reminded me of Euro 1984 qualifying (Spain vs Malta 12-1).
    But life goes on, so good luck to de Boer and his team

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