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OL-FC Sevilla: No miracle this time, it's the Europa League for Lyon (0-0)

Published on the 07 December 2016 à 22:20 by CC

Max Gonalons and his teammates gave their all but they couldn't manage to break down a solid Sevilla team. They finished third in Group H and will thus revert to playing in the in the Europa League's round of 32.

. HIGHLIGHTS .

3'. Valbuena hits Rafael's cross with his right foot, Rico parries.
19'.
Vitolo breaks down the right, evades Rafael's challenge. His curling shot hits the post.
21'.
Valbuena is knocked over in the penalty area by Mariano. No penalty given.
23'.
Lopes looks to have tripped Vitolo. Jonas Erikson allows play to continue.
24'.
Tolisso heads Rafael's cross onto the crossbar.
37'.
Tolisso releases Valbuena whose shot skims the top of the crossbar.
71'.
Diakhaby's header goes just wide.
77'.
Fekir goes down in the box. No reaction from Jonas Eriksson.
89'.
Clément Grenier heads wide.
92'.
Diakhaby almost heads in Rafael's shot.


. SUMMARY.

We knew Lyon's mission was going to be tough. Having to win by two clear goals, Lyon were out to take the ascendancy  over their Spanish rivalsas as quickly as possible. So, in a classic 4-3-3 formation fielded by Bruno Genesio, OL were out to wrap the encounter up. By the third minute, Mathieu Valbuena went close to breaking the deadlock with a chance that got Lyon's bid for second place in Group H under way in earnest. The two teams then went blow-for-blow for the first half-hour of play with shots hitting an upright at each end - from Vitolo and Tolisso - and two penalty appeals from Valbuena and Vitolo dismissed. Spurred on by the Parc OL faithful, OL finished the first half more strongly than the Spanish and attacked ever more without success, a scenario summed up by Valbuena's hitting the cross-bar.

By the break, Lyon had expended a lot of energy in the battle and the second half was more sluggish as a result. Sevilla closed ranks and chances became rarer. Twice Diakhaby and then Grenier provoked a thrill in the Parc OL stands, but still without an end product. Sevilla kept the match at 0-0, to qualify along with Juve, who were 2-0 victors over Dinamo Zagreb - and OL bowed out of the Champions League.


. THE TRURNING POINT .

OL missedthe bus in the first half

Without doubt, the Lyon supporters will be dissatisfied, but they helped inspire their team to play an intense first 45 minutes. It was a half that produced some regrets because, yet again in this competition, the ball just refused to go in.

During that first half, OL had 12 shots on goal to only one from Sevilla. And Lyon kept the ball from their opponents to have 64% of possession. But in the end, it wasn't enough. Tolisso's and Valbuena's hitting the crossbar was emblematic of Lyon's being a whisker away from success, of the little bit of luck that could have swung this Group H final their way.


. THE STAT .

3

OL failed in their bid to make the round-of-16 of the Champions League but they have nothing to be ashamed of about their journey in Group H. During this campaign, they stood up to Juventus and to FC Sevilla, both at home and away, without being duly rewarded for their efforts, with only 2 points taken out of 12. It was the lads' 14th season in the Champions League. With a total of eight points they were knocked down to third place behind the group's two top teams. But the European adventure is nevertheless still going... with a berth booked in the  Europa League's round of 32.

Extpert Eye

Jérémy Berthod:

"It's a bit disappointing. We had several scoring chances but we came up against a strong Sevilla team who knew what was required and who defended well. We were hampered by their set-up. We lacked a bit of precision, as well as the flashes of brilliance needed to get more out of this match. There's nothing to regret tonight. The regrets are more about the campaign as a whole. We were in a tough group. We scored only one goal against both Juventus and Sevilla, and that's what made the difference in the end. We didn't make the most of our good periods. Our failure didn't hinge on much."

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. TEAMSHEET .

At the Parc OL in Décines.

Champions League (D6 Gr. H) : OL-FC Sevilla 0-0

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden). Attendance: 52,423.

Yellow cards: Sarabia (32’), Nasri (36’) and Mercardo (73’) for FC Sevilla; Gonalons (38’) and Yanga-Mbiwa (54’) for OL.

OL: Lopes – Rafael, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Morel – Gonalons (cap.), Darder (Cornet, 72’), Tolisso (Grenier, 78’) – Ghezzal (Fekir, 65’), Lacazette, Valbuena. Coach: B. Genesio.

FC Sevilla: Rico – Mariano, Rami, Pareja, Mercado, Escudero –N’Zonzi, Iborra, Sarabia (Ben Yedder, 65’) – Vitolo, Nasri (Kranevitter, 87’). Coach: J. Sampaoli.
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