Olympique Lyonnais took control of Group B as Michel Bastos's first-half double ensured Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC's home UEFA Champions League debut ended in defeat despite Vincent Enyeama's late penalty.
Last season's semi-finalists have endured a miserable start to the Ligue 1 campaign, but once again reserved their best form for this competition. Bastos was the match-winner against FC Schalke 04 in the opening round of games and scored at either end of the first half, the opener a coolly converted penalty and the second an emphatic volley. Lyon's seemingly unassailable lead was halved by home goalkeeper Enyeama with 11 minutes left – Hapoel's first group stage goal – but Miralem Pjanić made sure of the points with virtually the last kick of the game.
Hapoel coach Eli Gutman drafted Dani Bondarv and Romain Rocchi into his starting lineup in a bid to introduce more defensive stability, yet within seven minutes that plan was being revised. Hapoel captain Walid Badier – who had not featured since the Matchday 1 defeat at SL Benfica – felled Jimmy Briand and Bastos made no mistake with the penalty.
The Brazilian's kick sent Enyeama the wrong way, but the Nigerian goalkeeper was able to show his talents in the 20th minute, pushing away Bafétimbi Gomis' volley. His opposite number Hugo Lloris was extended by Ben Sahar's shot from distance, but the visitors' clinical edge was in evidence again nine minutes before half-time. Yoann Gourcuff's right-wing corner was half-cleared to the lurking Bastos and his thunderous first-time shot from the edge of the area gave Enyeama no chance, albeit with the help of a deflection off Rocchi.
Anthony Réveillère might have made it three before half-time and Claude Puel's side continued to look the more threatening as the second period unfolded. Gomis flicked a clever effort onto the top of the net and Briand and substitute Jérémy Pied tested Enyeama, who came racing out of his area to make a perfectly timed challenge on Briand.
Out of nowhere, Hapoel were presented with a route back into the game on 79 minutes as Dejan Lovren hauled down Douglas da Silva and Enyeama – who also scored in the play-off win against FC Salzburg – held his nerve from the spot. Lyon still looked relatively comfortable, and substitute Pjanić slotted a clinching third deep into added time, leaving his team three points clear in the section ahead of the Matchday 3 visit of Benfica. Hapoel must look for their first points at Schalke.
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