After OL - Leipzig (2-2) : OL celebrate an 11th qualification for the Round of 16!
A whistle and the crowd goes wild. In their last match of the group stage of the Champions League, Les Gones have thrilled their fans, having gone through all of the emotions on the night. First frustration on a first early penalty, tears at a second, then joy, to finish the story. In a stadium united behind them, Lyon roared to capture the hearts of its support by offering them qualification for the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
This feeling of euphoria, Lyon have already experienced last season against Shakhtar Donetsk. That day, under heavy snowfall, OL qualified under similar conditions. After a tough group stage with a series of draws and a magnificent 1-2 win against Manchester City, Jean-Michel Aulas's club managed to take control of its own destiny by qualifying for a tenth knockout round of the very prestigious Champions League, something no other French club has done. This year, the team used this experience to deliver a strong performance and clinch qualification, the eleventh in its history, once more. Now all that's left is to wonder who they will face ...
2003-04 vs Real Sociedad
2004-05 vs Werder
2005-06 vs PSV
2006-07 vs Roma 🚫
2007-08 vs Manchester United 🚫
2008-09 vs Barcelone 🚫
2009-10 vs Real
2010-11 vs Real 🚫
2011-12 vs Nicosie 🚫
2018-19 vs Barcelone 🚫
While the verdict will come on Monday, December 16, making for a very difficult wait for Lyon. Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus and Valencia are potential opponents next February. And if some draws seem more favorable than others, we must not underestimate any team, because all have been able to get out of the group stage. But this team led by Memphis has already proven that with its valiant heart, nothing is impossible.
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