In search of a great first!
OL have disputed 31 first leg matches (knock-out ties) at the Stade de Gerland in the club's European career (including last week's match vs FC Astra). OL has won 18 times, and conceded seven draws and six defeats.
- When OL has won, it has gone on to qualify 14 times, for four eliminations (Apoël Nicosia in 2011-12; Werder Bremen in 1999-2000; FC Bruges in 1975-76); Sheffield Wednesday in 1961-62)
- When OL draws the first match at home it has never qualified.
- When OL loses the first match at home, it has never qualified.
The last three times OL has played the first leg at the Stade de Gerland, they have lost: Real Sociedad (0-2), Juventus (0-1) and FC Astra (1-2).
Of course these are only numbers… But if Hubert Fournier's side can buck the trend, it will be a huge result, even against a modest side from Romania almost unheard of on the continental scene.
Of course, OL has also qualified on the road, in the last match of the group stage, like they did in 2011-2012 in Zagreb or away to Rangers in Glasgow in 2007-2008… But those qualifications also depended on other results going their way...
And finally, a reminder that OL has a 100 per cent record in Romania with two wins from two against Steaua Bucharest (3-0 and 5-3)