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Match facts: Lyon v APOEL

Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 21.45CET
Match facts: Lyon v APOEL
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Published: Saturday 11 February 2012, 21.45CET

Match facts: Lyon v APOEL


UEFA milestones
• Lyon have won 49 games in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Bafétimbi Gomis has been caught offside 12 times; more than any other player.

• Gomis, Kim Källström and Cris will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 11 February: Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 SM Caen (Lisandro 86pen; Hamouma 13, Nabab 73)
Lloris; Réveillère, Bakary Koné, Umtiti, Cissokho; Gonalons, Grenier, Briand (Ederson 66), Bastos (Lacazette 79); Lisandro, Gomis

• Lyon suffered their third loss in 33 home matches, following defeats by Stade Rennais FC (2-1 on 18 November) and Real Madrid CF (2-0 on 2 November).

• Caen, who had not won at Lyon in 11 previous attempts, claimed their first victory in over three months.

• Romain Hamouma's early goal meant Lyon fell behind for the fourth successive game.

• Forwards Gomis (5), Lisandro (6), Jimmy Briand (3) and Alexandre Lacazette (4) have scored 18 of Lyon's 20 goals this year. Källström has also registered, while Olympique de Marseille's Souleymane Diawara put through his own net as OL battled from two down to draw 2-2 on 5 February.

• Rémi Garde's team have kept only eight clean sheets in 37 games in all competitions this season.

• Lyon have won 11 of their last 15 games, dating back to their 0-0 draw with AFC Ajax on 22 November.

• Les Gones remain in the hunt for a quadruple after a 4-2 extra-time victory at FC Lorient on 31 January took them through to the League Cup final against Marseille in Paris on 14 April.

• They are also in the Coupe de France quarter-finals after a 3-1 extra-time win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux on 8 February.

• With Bakary Koné and John Mensah on Africa Cup of Nations duty, Cameroon-born central defender Samuel Umtiti made his debut on 11 January. The 18-year-old has started seven of Lyon's last eight games.

• Gomis has struck nine goals in his last 11 outings, and had scored in each of Lyon's previous five games before Saturday.

Injury news
• Rémy Vercoutre was an unused substitute on Saturday after recovering from ruptured tendons in right foot suffered on 27 October.

• Dejan Lovren is yet to feature in 2012 due to an Achilles problem.

• Mensah, out with a calf injury since 11 October, returned to action at the Africa Cup of Nations on 24 January.

• Anthony Lopes (broken right fibula and torn ankle ligament, out since 29 September), is back in action for Lyon reserves.

• Yannis Tafer, out of action since breaking a foot at last summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup, made his comeback for Lyon reserves at the end of January.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda SCC, loan), Rémy Vercoutre
Out: Lamine Gassama (FC Lorient), Ishak Belfodil (Bologna FC, loan)

• Mensah has been on Africa Cup of Nations duty, scoring two goals in four games (although he was also sent off) as Ghana finished fourth; they lost Saturday's third-place play-off against Mali.

• Lovren signed a two-year contract extension on 23 January, committing to Lyon until summer 2016.

• The planning application for Lyon's new stadium, the 58,000-seater Stade des Lumières, was approved on 3 February. Work will begin in the coming weeks with the club aiming to move in for the start of 2014/15.


UEFA milestones
• APOEL are the first Cypriot side to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• APOEL have managed fewer goals (6), shots wide (10), shots on goal (17) and corners (17) than any other side still involved.

• APOEL have collected 19 yellow cards, more than any other team in the round of 16.

• Nektarios Alexandrou, Marcelo Oliveira, Ivan Tričkovski, Hélio Pinto and Paulo Jorge will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Friday 10 February: APOEL FC 2-1 Ethnikos Achnas FC (Charalambides 23 41; Vattis 80)
Chiotis; Poursaitides, Kaká, Morais, Alexandrou; Hélder Sousa, Hélio Pinto, Charalambides (Solari 74), Marcinho (Satsias 86); Tričkovski, Aílton (Manduca 68)

• APOEL have suffered an indifferent start to 2012, managing just four wins in eight outings.

• Midfielder Nuno Morais was utilised as a makeshift centre-back because of injuries to Oliveira and Paulo Jorge. Another defender, William Boaventura, was suspended.

• Since a 9-1 Cypriot Cup victory against second division Akritas Chlorakas FC on 11 January, the Nicosia outfit have scored just five times in six outings – their most barren spell in front of goal this season.

• APOEL trail AEL Limassol FC 1-0 after the home leg of their Cypriot Cup third round tie on 25 January; the second leg takes place on 23 February.

• Esteban Solari has scored 52 goals in 91 league games over two spells at APOEL, who have never lost when he has registered.

• Of the 58 goals APOEL have scored in all competitions this season, 44 have come after half-time.

• Urko Pardo, who made his debut as a replacement on matchday three, has conceded eight goals in 16 appearances.

Injury news
• Gustavo Manduca returned on Friday after four games out with a hamstring injury.

• Paulo Jorge (gluteus) and Oliviera (calf) missed Friday's game with injuries suffered in APOEL's 0-0 league draw with AEL on 5 February; Adorno has missed the club's last two matches due to a calf sprain.

• Aílton returned to action on 5 February after two-and-a-half months out with a hernia problem. William Boaventura, sidelined with an ankle injury since 23 October, returned on 11 January.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Hélder Sousa (Olympiakos Nicosia FC)
Out: Sanel Jahić (Kardemir Karabükspor), Tijani Belaid (1. FC Union Berlin)

• Constantinos Charalambides, 30, signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in January, tying him to the club until summer 2016.

• Ivan Jovanović was named Serbian coach of the year at the end of December.

• Christos Kontis retired after suffering a heart attack at AEK Larnaca FC on 29 August. The 36-year-old played every minute of UEFA Champions League qualifying and scored the only goal against AC Omonia in the Cypriot Super Cup on 7 August.

Last updated: 13/02/12 11.11CET

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