OL created many chances but were up against an in-form goalkeeper. In defence Lyon showed certain signs of nervousness.
Lyon hosted Hapoël Tel Aviv with the imperative objective of winning. A win meant first place in the group if and only if the Germans of Schalke 04 did not win in Lisbon at the same time.
The Olympians showed great mastery early on in the game. Lisandro was the first to try his luck with a powerful shot that spun wide of Enyeama’s goal. The Israelis picked themselves up as they continued to approach the goal of Hugo Lloris but without success. Just afterwards Bafé Gomis thought he had opened the scoring but was flagged offside for a few millimeters (13’). Claude Puel's players found only rarely overlaps and it was the Israelis who created the best chance with a shot repelled by Lloris from Tamuz (28’). OL had a great opportunity created by Jean II Makoun which picked up on a pass from Gomis but the Hapoël keeper was on his toes (32’). A few seconds later it was a defender who saved his side by clearing a header from Cris off the goal line. Enyeama’s goal was being gunned down at the end of halftime. Gomis unleashed a missile from nearly twenty-five yards but the goalkeeper was indeed on a good night (39’).
The second period was a bit like the first with Lyon pushing hard but not immune to a counter attack. Without an exceptional save from Hugo Lloris, Vermouth would probably have opened the scoring. Finally it was the inevitable Lisandro Lopez, who found the breakthrough in taking advantage of a mistake from the keeper to slip the ball into the net (62’). Just after the goal Sahar equalized breaking past Cris and Diakhaté then shooting low across the goal just inside the post (63’). Briand missed the easiest chance when faced with Enyeama. The Olympian striker could not get his left foot half-volley on target. OL began to lose their lucidity. From an Israeli offensive Zahavi fired in a magnificent bicycle kick into the top corner of Hugo Lloris’s goal to give the advantage to his side (69’). A half-volley from Anthony Reveillere then a shot from Lisandro gave some ultimate thrills to the Stade Gerland, but the Israeli keeper pulled off two great saves (84’). The young Alexander Lacazette gave back some smiles to his supporters by equalizing following a deviation from Licha (88’). OL will not have too many regrets from this match because the Germans of Schalke 04 won 2-1 in Lisbon against Benfica.
OL: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, Diakhaté, Cissokho (Pied 77’), Gonalons, Makoun, Pjanic (Lacazette 67’), Briand, Gomis (Bastos 59’), Lisandro.
Hapoël: Enyeama, Douglas, Silva, Bondarv, Fransman, Shechter (Sahar 25’), Vermouth, Zahavi, Abutbul, Shish, Yadin, Tamuz.
Bookings: Shish 7’ and Sahar 91’ for Hapoël.
Goals: Lisandro 62’ and Lacazette 88’ for OL. Sahar 63’ and Zahavi 69’ for Hapoël.