OL will learn their European future on Matchday 5, when a win is imperative in order to keep their hopes alive.
OL set to learn their European fate
Having drawn the return match against Juventus (1-1), OL hold onto only a slight hope of qualifying for the round of 16. Six points adrift of FC Sevilla and four points behind Juve, OL have no more room to move. To continue in the competition next spring, they need a set of coincidences. The simplest scenario for their success would be to win their last two matches against Dinamo and FC Sevilla. with a Juventus victory tonight in Spain.
A four-match unbeaten streak
Since the harsh set-back at the Parc OL against Guingamp on 22 October (1-3), OL are doing better - much better. Maxime Gonalons' teammates are on a three-match win-streak in the league with two away victories against Toulouse and Lille: a sure sign of added confidence on the eve of this group-stage away leg. Lyon have also shown they're up to the challenge in Europe by holding Juventus to a draw in Turin on 2 November. If nothing else, a win in Croatia this Tuesday will maintain the team's positive momentum ahead of the home clash against Paris Saint-Germain in a few days.
The spirit of 2011
Nothing is impossible for Lyon... not after 2011, that's for sure! On the final matchday of the Champions League group stage, OL were looking to qualify at the Stadion Maksimir in a match that has since entered folklore.
To overtake Ajax Amsterdam and secure second place in Group G behind Real Madrid, OL had to score big on Dinamo's turf. The match got off to a bad start with Zagreb opening the scoring in the 40th minute... but that goal spurred Lyon to completely turn the match around, thanks in large part to a quadruple from Bafétimbi Gomis and goals from Gonalons, Lisandro and Briand to make it 7-1. If only the miracle could happen again...
A struggling Dinamo
Second in their league after a home draw last weekend against Istra Pula, Dinamo Zagreb are adrift in the Champions League. Since their 3-0 loss the Parc OL on 14 September on the opening day (goals from Tolisso, Ferri and Cornet), Pivaric's teammates have suffered three more losses. Before this fifth matchday, Dinamo are yet to register a point, and are the only team in the competition without a single goal to their name. Dinamo lost 0-4 at home to Juventus before a narrow 1-0 defeat to FC Sevilla. In a stadium unlikely to offer the home side much support, Lyon know what they have to do.