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Final group phase matches

Published on the 04 December 2006 à 14:36 by R.B

The 64th Champions League game for OL, including the preliminary rounds… the 48th group phase match…

The final group matches haven’t always had the same importance for Lyon since it has been playing in the Champions. A look back… < b r / > < b r / > In 2000-2001, Coupet and company beat Olympiakos 1-0 at the Gerland and qualified for the second group phase. OL then drew 1-1 with Spartak in Moscow in the final match of this second phase, failing to qualify as a victory was needed. < b r / > < b r / > In < b > 2 0 0 1 - 2 0 0 2 < / b > , the away game at Bayer Leverkusen was a dead rubber as OL could no longer qualify for the next round of the Champions League, but had qualified already for the UEFA Cup. They won 4-2 nonetheless . < b r / > < b r / > In < b > 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3 < / b > , it was a must-win at Rosenborg to qualify for the next Champions League round. Sadly, the game finished 1-1… OL in the UEFA Cup again . < b r / > < b r / > I n < b > 2 0 0 3 - 2 0 0 4 < / b > , OL won its group and made it to the quarter finals. In the last group game they beat Celtic 3-2 . < b r / > < b r / > I n < b > 2 0 0 4 - 2 0 0 5 < / b > , OL wowed its fans by lambasting Sparta Prague 5-0. Paul Le Guen offered game time to a number of youngsters (B e r g o u g n o u x , T r u c h e t , I d a n g a r , G o m e z , C l é m e n t , P u y d e b o i s ) . < b r / > < b r / > I n < b > 2 0 0 5 - 2 0 0 6 < / b > , everything was again done and dusted. OL and the Norwegians were already qualified, the first for the round of 16 of the Champions League, the second for the UEFA Cup. Lyon took pains to beat the Norwegians 2-1 . < b r / > < b r / > I n < b > 2 0 0 6 - 2 0 0 7 < / b > , Coupet’s men have qualified once more for the round of 16 in the Champions League, while the Romanians from Steaua have qualified for the UEFA Cup. The match lacks any real risk for either team. Lyon is in a position both to equal its undefeated points tally of 16 from last year. This would take OL to a total of 13 consecutive matches in the group phase.
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