Inexistant for over an hour, the Olympians were close to drowning but had a burst of pride which was necessary to limit the damage.
OL traveled to the Estadio de la Luz as leaders of Group B. A positive result would have meant qualification for the knockout stages.
Right from the start Benfica stated their intentions by moving forward very quickly. The Olympians were playing on the counter attack. Briand even found the net on a pass from Pjanic but the goal was rightly denied for offside (4’). A few minutes later, Hugo Lloris was called into action with a shot from Saviola (11’). Cris and his teammates were playing more than well in the first quarter of an hour. Despite everything it was the Portuguese side who opened the scoring after a free kick headed home by Kardec (19’). This opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play and was difficult to digest. Jimmy Briand tried to get his side back on track but his scissor kick spun over the bar (27’). Unfortunately, the Olympians were again punished from a Portuguese counter attack. Just onside at the back post, Fabio Coentrao picked up on cross and fired a volley past Hugo Lloris (32’). Taking a knock to their morale, Lyon suffered more and more from the waves of attacks from Lisbon. From a corner kick by Carlos Martins, Javi Garcia moved in ahead of Hugo Lloris to propel the ball into the net. The evening was turning into a nightmare for Lyon who were 3-0 behind. Jorge Jésus’s players showed outstanding realism in this first period.
The beginning of the second half was not more conducive to the Olympians. Claude Puel modified his team, taking off Pape Diakhaté to bring on Bafé Gomis. Thus Lovren slipped into the centre of defence and Michel Bastos moved to left back (58’). Once again, OL were punished by a deadly counter attack from the Portuguese concluded by a lob on Lloris from Coentrao (67’). Claude Puel's players had finally let things pass by them. Lyon then had a burst of pride to reduce the score thanks to Goucuff played in by Lacazette (75’). Gomis even brought the score back to 4-2 after a corner. This awakening from Lyon arrived very late. In the dying seconds Dejan Lovren catapulted the ball into the net with a header. The Olympians had limited the damage by finishing the game with the score at 4 -3. Despite this defeat, OL still have their destiny in hand, with a view on the top spot in Group B.
OL: Lloris, Réveillère, Cris, Diakhaté (Gomis 58’), Lovren, Gonalons, Gourcuff, Pjanic (Makoun 69’), Pied (Lacazette 69’), Briand, Bastos.
Benfica: Roberto, Luisao, Javi Garcia, Aimar, Maxi Pereira, Carlos Martins (Menezes 75’), Fabio Coentrao, David Luiz, Cesar peixoto, Saviola (Jara 69’), Alan Kardec (Weldon 71’).
Bookings: Pjanic (21’), Lovren (23’). Luisao (23’), Saviola (59’) and Roberto (91’)
Goals: Kardec (19’), Fabio Coentrao (32’ & 67’), Javi Garcia (41’). Gourcuff (75’), Gomis (84’) and Lovren (94’).