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Match facts: Lyon v Benfica

Published: Sunday 17 October 2010, 21.45CET
Match facts: Lyon v Benfica
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Published: Sunday 17 October 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Lyon v Benfica


UEFA milestones
• The win at Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC was Lyon's 50th European Champion Clubs' Cup victory.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Lyon have committed only 18 fouls, fewer than any other side.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 17 October: Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 LOSC Lille Métropole (Lisandro 2 56pen, Gourcuff 41; Sow 52)
Lloris; Réveillère, Diakhaté, Cris, Cissokho; Toulalan (Gonalons 38), Källström, Gourcuff (Pjanic 79), Pied, Bastos; Lisandro (Gomis 65)

• Lyon survived the last 20 minutes with ten men after Jérémy Pied's dismissal to record a third successive win.

• Lyon are 14th in Ligue 1 – their lowest top-flight ranking after nine games since 1995/96 when they finished the season 11th. They were top at this stage last term.

• Claude Puel, who was without the suspended Jimmy Briand, earned his first win in six attempts against a Lille side he coached between 2002 and 2008.

• Having struck his first goal of the season in a 3-2 win against AS Nancy-Lorraine on 2 October, Lisandro registered two more on Sunday.

• Yoann Gourcuff hit his first goal since joining Lyon from FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He had not scored since March before registering two in as many games for France last week.

• Defeat by AS Saint-Etienne in the 100th derby du Rhone et de la Loire on 25 September ended Lyon's 12-match unbeaten home run in Ligue 1.

• Lyon will host Paris Saint-Germain FC in the French League Cup round of 16 on 27 October.

Injury news
• Jérémy Toulalan shook off a foot injury to start against Lille but was substituted before half-time.

• Cris started against Lille, his first appearance since picking up a thigh injury on 15 August.

• Michel Bastos was ruled out of Brazil's friendly victories over Iran and Ukraine with a thigh injury sustained against Hapoel, but was back in action against Lille.

• Jean Makoun returned against Nancy having missed the St-Etienne defeat with a thigh injury, but withdrew from Cameroon duty because of the same problem. He was an unused substitute on Sunday.

• Ederson, Alexandre Lacazette and César Delgado have all been sidelined by thigh injuries, though Lacazette was on the bench against St-Etienne and Lille and played for France U20s against Portugal on 7 October. Delgado is back in training.

• Lisandro, who missed the first three league games of the season because of an Achilles problem, picked up a thigh knock at Bordeaux on 19 September. He returned to action against Nancy.

International duty
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated.

• Friday 8 October:
Albania 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Miralem Pjanić
France 2-0 Turkey, U21 friendly – Maxime Gonalons

• Saturday 9 October:
France 2-0 Romania – Hugo Lloris, Anthony Réveillère, Yoann Gourcuff (sub, goal)
Senegal 7-0 Mauritius, Africa Cup of Nations – Pape Diakhaté

• Tuesday 12 October:
France 2-0 Luxembourg – Hugo Lloris, Anthony Réveillère, Yoann Gourcuff (goal)
Netherlands 4-1 Sweden – Kim Källström (sub)
Croatia 0-3 Spain, U21s – Dejan Lovren (red card)
Denmark 1-3 France, U21 friendly – Maxime Gonalons


UEFA milestones
• Benfica have conceded 349 goals in UEFA club competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 16 October: SL Benfica 5-1 FC Arouca (Kardec 24 45, Saviola 31, Luisão 66, Gaitán 86; Diogo 88)
Júlio César; Airton, Luisão, Sidnei, Peixoto; Javi García (Luís Filipe 46); Salvio, Aimar (Nuno Gomes 68), Gaitán; Saviola (Weldon 60), Kardec

• Benfica booked their place in the Portuguese Cup fourth round with victory against second division Arouca.

• Nicolás Gaitán's goal was his first for Benfica.

• Benfica have kept five clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions.

• The Portuguese titleholders beat last season's runners-up SC Braga 1-0 on 3 October to register their third successive league win.

• Benfica have scored in each of their past 26 league games. The last time they failed to find the net was in the goalless draw at Sporting Clube de Portugal on 28 November.

• Jorge Jesus' side began the season with a 2-0 Super Cup defeat by FC Porto before three Liga losses in four games – their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. Benfica suffered just two defeats in 30 matches last term.

Injury news
• Fábio Coentrão sat out the Arouca match with a minor right leg injury sustained on international duty.

• Óscar Cardozo has not played since suffering knee ligament damage against Schalke.

• Ruben Amorim has been sidelined since picking up a knee injury against Sporting on 19 September.

• Roderick has not played this term after picking up a hamstring knock in pre-season training.

International duty
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated.

• Thursday 7 October:
Iran 0-3 Brazil, friendly – David Luiz

• Friday 8 October:
Portugal 3-1 Denmark – Fábio Coentrão, Carlos Martins
Indonesia 1-7 Uruguay, friendly – Maxi Pereira

• Monday 11 October:
Brazil 2-0 Ukraine, friendly – David Luiz

• Tuesday 12 October:
Iceland 1-3 Portugal – Fábio Coentrão, Carlos Martins
China 0-4 Uruguay, friendly – Maxi Pereira

• On 27 September Benfica announced Coentrão has added another year to his contract, tying him to the club until June 2016.

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