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UCL: The competition's best moments at Groupama Stadium

Published on 17 September 2019 at 12:30 PM
UCL : les matches marquants de C1 au Groupama Stadium
Since the opening of Groupama Stadium on 9 January 2016, OL have qualified three times for the Champions League group stage. The stadium has seen several prestigious European visitors. Here's a look back at the four most important matches in the stadium's history.

The very first: OL - Dinamo Zagreb (3-0), Matchday One 2016-2017

On this day, OL hosted Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatian champion. For this first Champions League match at Groupama Stadium, the Lyon were in fine form. From the 13th minute of play, Jordan Ferri picked out Rafael with a cutback. The Brazilian delivered a lovely center that Corentin Tolisso met with a ferocious header, which hit the bar before nestling in the back of the net. Les Gones quietly dominated the match and doubled their lead after the inerval. Maxwel Cornet found Jordan Ferri, who beat Semper with a well-struck ball (2-0, 49 '). Maxwel Cornet finished things off a few minutes later  after a long one-two with Corentin Tolisso (3-0, 59 '). A dream come true.

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The first big match: OL - Juventus (0-1), Matchday Three 2016-2017 

A few weeks after the win against Zagreb, OL hosted Juventus. A crucial meeting for their prospects of progressing in the tournament. On the previous matchday, Lyon lost to Sevilla (1-0) and needed score points against the Serie A champion. Despite an almost one-sided first half in favor of the visitors, Jean -Michel Aulas' club managed to get a penalty (35 '), unfortunately stopped by Buffon. Back from the locker room, Fekir thought he had given the advantage to his side but the Italian 'keeper made an outstanding save (50 '). Hope began to grow when Mario Lemina was sent off a few minutes later (54 '). It was, however, a match for a ruthless Juve, who managed to score the only goal of the match thanks to a powerful shot by Cuadrado at the near post (0-1, 78 ').

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The first "final" : OL - Sevilla FC (0-0), Matchday Six 2016-2017 

Thanks to a combination of circumstances, OL are still in the race to secure second place in Group H and reach the round of 16. All that was left was to beat Sevilla FC with a bigger goal difference than the first leg (1-0 for the Spaniards). Despite Vitolo hitting the post (19 '), the locals dominate. Rico, the Seville 'keeper, is, however, playing in a state of grace and rebuffs all attempts. Ol have chances from the head of Tolisso (23 ') and a strike from Valbuena (37'). The score remains the same, however, and the Andalusians qualify for the Round of 16. For their part, OL finish third and reaches the Europa League, a great consolation that will see the club proceed to a semi-final against Ajax.

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The first big result: OL - Manchester City (2-2), Matchday Five, 2018-2019 

On the first matchday, OL had made a strong impression by winning at the Etihad Stadium (1-2). In the return match, expectations are high. Despite the Citizens looking for revenge, the match is balanced and Cornet even hits the bar before half-time (43 '). This is only part of a strong match for the Ivorian striker who opens the scoring by hitting the ball into the top of the net (1-0). Laporte will level things a few minutes later with a header (1-1, 62 '). But Cornet, once again assisted by Memphis, again deceives Ederson (2-1, 81 '). We believe OL are untouchable ... for only two minutes. Agüero counters with a strong header that again ties the match (2-2, 83 '). The score is confirmed but the Lyonnais seal their qualification in Kiev, against Shakhtar Donetsk, on the last day (1-1).

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