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Match facts: Benfica v Lyon

Published: Saturday 30 October 2010, 21.45CET
Match facts: Benfica v Lyon
Pablo Aimar opens the scoring against Paços de Ferreira on Friday ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 30 October 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Benfica v Lyon

Benfica

UEFA milestones
• Jimmy Briand's goal on Matchday 3 was the 350th Benfica have conceded in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Nicolás Gaitán serves a one-game ban on Matchday 4 having been sent off for two bookable offences in Lyon. Javi García is a booking away from a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Friday 29 October: SL Benfica 2-0 FC Paços de Ferreira (Aimar 14, Kardec 65pen)
Roberto; Pereira, Luisão (Sidnei 87), David Luiz, Peixoto (Salvio 63); García (Airton 75), Coentrão, Gaitán, Aimar; Saviola, Alan Kardec

• Alan Kardec scored his first ever Portuguese Liga goal as Benfica, without the rested Carlos Martins, claimed a fifth successive Liga victory. They have not conceded a league goal during that run.

• Benfica have kept six clean sheets in their last nine games in all competitions.

• The Portuguese titleholders have scored in each of their past 28 league games. The last time they failed to find the net was in a goalless draw at Sporting Clube de Portugal on 28 November 2009.

• Benfica are yet to draw this season but have lost six times in all competitions – the same number of defeats they suffered all of last term.

• Jorge Jesus's 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.

• The Eagles will face SC Braga in the Portuguese Cup fourth round on 21 November.

Injury news
• Óscar Cardozo has not played since sustaining knee ligament damage on Matchday 2.

• Fábio Coentrão sat out the 1-0 win at Portimonense SC on 24 October after suffering a knee injury on Matchday 3, but he was back in the starting XI against Paços de Ferreira.

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

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

Miscellaneous
• David Luiz has been named in Brazil's squad for their friendly against Argentina in Doha, Qatar on 17 November.

Lyon

UEFA milestones
• This is Lyon's 100th European Champion Clubs' Cup match.

• The French side have scored 296 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 30 October: Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
(Bastos 31, Lacazette 69; Brown Ideye 66)
Lloris; Réveillère, Diakhaté, Cris, Källström; Gonalons, Grenier, Gourcuff; Bastos (Lacazette 42), Briand (Lovren 78), Gomis (Pied 75)

• Clément Grenier made his first Ligue 1 start, while substitute Alexandre Lacazette − making his third first-team appearance − struck his first goal for the club.

• On 27 October Lyon were knocked out of the French League Cup after a 2-1 extra-time defeat by Paris Saint-Germain FC. Jimmy Briand put Lyon in front with his fifth goal in four games but efforts from former Lyon players Mathieu Bodmer and Ludovic Giuly earned the visitors a quarter-final berth.

• Claude Puel's side had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with AC Arles-Avignon on 24 October, only the promoted side's second point of the campaign.

Injury news
• Michel Bastos was replaced before half-time against Sochaux after suffering a bruised right thigh.

• Puel said Lisandro would be out for three weeks after the striker injured his calf in training on the eve of the Sochaux match.

• Miralem Pjanić was dropped to the bench on Saturday after complaining of groin pain.

• Aly Cissokho suffered a thigh injury against Arles and has been ruled out for three weeks.

• Jean Makoun returned against Arles following a thigh problem but has not played since succumbing to a similar injury in the warm-up before the PSG game.

• Jérémy Toulalan has not played since picking up a foot injury on 17 October.

• Ederson and César Delgado have been out since August with thigh injuries, though the latter is back in training.

Last updated: 31/10/10 20.17CET

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