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Gent hold Lyon to dramatic draw

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.48CET
Gent 1-1 Lyon
The Belgian champions earned a draw on their debut despite ending with nine men, although they needed Matz Sels' late penalty save.
by David Crossan
from KAA Gent Stadium
Gent hold Lyon to dramatic draw
Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels is mobbed after his late penalty save ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GentLyon

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts13
 
17
on target5
 
5
off target3
 
9
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
8
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards2
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
20
Fouls suffered17
 
12
Passes359
 
456
completed299
 
398

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit13
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon11
KAA Gent Gent11
Valencia CF Valencia10

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.48CET

Gent hold Lyon to dramatic draw

Gent 1-1 Lyon
The Belgian champions earned a draw on their debut despite ending with nine men, although they needed Matz Sels' late penalty save.

  • Gent hold Lyon to dramatic draw on UEFA Champions League debut
  • Home midfielder Brecht Dejaegere sent off late in first half
  • Christophe Jallet heads Lyon in front (58); Danijel Milicevic levels (68)
  • Matz Sels saves Alexandre Lacazette's late penalty as Gent end with nine
  • Next games: Zenit v Gent, Lyon v Valencia (29 September)

Gent marked their UEFA Champions League debut with a hard-earned draw against Lyon, the Belgian champions holding on despite ending with nine players and thankful for a late Matz Sels penalty save.

Laurent Depoitre had a shot tipped on to the crossbar by Anthony Lopes as the Buffalos began brightly. Depoitre later had the ball in the back of the net but the forward's celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette grew increasingly influential and Sels saved well from him at the near post.

Brecht Dejaegere was sent off four minutes before half-time for a tackle on visiting captain Maxime Gonalons, yet Hein Vanhaezebrouck's side still managed to fashion a wonderful chance for Renato Neto before the interval.

Sels kept out Lacazette on the resumption as Lyon began to lay siege to the home goal. Les Gones did make their numerical advantage count just before the hour, substitute right-back Jallet heading in a left-wing Mathieu Valbuena corner.

Gent refused to let their heads drop and captain Sven Kums drove them on, supplying the assist for Danijel Milicevic's historic strike, an angled shot across the face of Lopes.

Lyon, however, had a golden chance to take all three points when Lacazette was pulled down by Thomas Foket with two minutes left. With the midfielder dismissed, Lacazette stepped up to take the spot kick himself, but Selz dived to his right to push away and ensure Gent would not be beaten.

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Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette reacts to his late penalty miss

Man of the match: Sven Kums
The home captain epitomised Gent's refusal to let playing a man light get the better of them. Already influential in the first half, Kums stepped things up after the interval and capped his night with the well-weighted pass that set up Milicevic's goal.

Jallet's unlikely bonus
Keeping their goal intact while playing with ten men for 49 minutes was always going to be a tall order for Gent, though Lyon's breakthrough came from an unlikely source as Jallet, on at half-time for Rafael, nodded in. It was a first UEFA Champions League goal for the former Paris Saint-Germain man.

Testing night for Lyon
Before Dejaegere's red card, Lyon coach Hubert Fournier felt compelled into a tactical switch, such had been the Belgian champions' ascendancy. Getting more bodies in midfield in defensive phases helped Lyon combat Gent's 3-5-2 and helped give the visitors chances to win it.

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Last updated: 23/11/15 11.33CET

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Lineups

gent

Gent

lyon

Lyon

1
SelsMatz Sels (GK)
1
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
9
DepoitreLaurent Depoitre
Yellow Card71
2
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
10
Renato NetoRenato Neto
8
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
13
S. MitrovićStefan Mitrović
9
BeauvueClaudio Beauvue
Substitution69
14
KumsSven Kums (C)
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Penalty88
19
DejaegereBrecht Dejaegere
Red Card41
12
FerriJordan Ferri
Yellow Card11
Substitution81
21
AsareNana Asare
15
MorelJérémy Morel
23
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
19
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
27
SimonMoses Simon
Substitution69
20
RafaelRafael
Substitution46
32
FoketThomas Foket
Red Card87
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
77
MilicevicDanijel Milicevic
Goal68
Substitution82
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
30
GorgelinMathieu Gorgelin (GK)
3
VitasUroš Vitas
5
BiševacMilan Biševac
4
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution90
13
JalletChristophe Jallet
Substitution46
Goal58
7
K. CoulibalyKalifa Coulibaly
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution81
Yellow Card90+1
8
MattonThomas Matton
Substitution82
26
A. KaluluAldo Kalulu
Substitution69
17
Van der BruggenHannes Van der Bruggen
27
CornetMaxwel Cornet
26
RamanBenito Raman
Substitution69
Substitution90
28
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba

Coach

Hein Vanhaezebrouck (BEL) Hubert Fournier (FRA)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Francis Connor (SCO)

Fourth official

Alastair Mather (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution