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OL set sights on Champions League knockout stage

Published on 05 November 2018 at 1:51 PM
Champions League : l'OL en ballottage favorable avant d'attaquer la phase retour
Lyon begin the second leg of group stage matches this Wednesday by hosting Hoffenheim knowing that a win will bring them close to qualifying for the Round of 16.

While the first leg of the Champions League group stage was overall successful for OL, it ended on a somewhat sour note. For their debut in Europe's biggest club competition, Bruno Genesio's pulled off an incredible shocker by beating Group F favorites Manchester City, 2-1, at the Etihad Stadium. A high-flying performance that couldn't be matched against a Shakhtar side that took a two-goal lead at an empty Groupama Stadium before Les Gones eked out a 2-2 draw. Another draw would follow in Germany against Hoffenheim, although the final 3-3 scoreline was far more disappointing given that Lyon conceded the equalizing goal in extra time.


0   The number of losses suffered by OL in the first leg (1 win, 2 draws). This is the seventh time in fifteen UEFA Champions League group stage appearances that Lyon remain undefeated at this stage of the tournament.  


7  OL have netted seven goals in the first leg, all from different scorers: Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir scored against Man City (1-2), Moussa Dembélé and Léo Dubois found the back of the net against Shakhtar (2-2), while Bertrand Traoré, Tanguy Ndombele and Memphis Depay were on the scoresheet versus Hoffenheim (3-3).


10  OL have managed to advance from the UEFA Champions League group stage ten times in fifteen appearances. The first time was in 2000-2001, when the club reached the second group stage. Then, OL reached the Round of 16 in every appearance between the 2003-2004 and 2011-2012 seasons. Currently second in group F, Lyon have a good chance to continue their European success.  


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