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Energy key to Gent revival

Published: Thursday 17 September 2015
Hein Vanhaezebrouck believes nine-man Gent's energy earned a deserved point against Lyon, whose coach Hubert Fournier pointed to a "lack of maturity".
Energy key to Gent revival
Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck issues instructions against Lyon ©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: Thursday 17 September 2015

Energy key to Gent revival

Hein Vanhaezebrouck believes nine-man Gent's energy earned a deserved point against Lyon, whose coach Hubert Fournier pointed to a "lack of maturity".

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Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach
I am satisfied that we still got a point from this match. It might have been three, but many circumstances were against us. We have to be more clever in certain situations. But I can hardly blame my players for anything, looking at the match we played.

We played with lots of energy and, honestly speaking, I did not feel we had ten men until five minutes from the end. We will now play two away matches, which will be a different situation. But we said we will go for it in all six games, so let's see what happens. If we had a little bit more luck today, then three points would have been possible, for sure.

We started the game like we wanted. I am proud of my players, of how they played from the first minute. It is a pity we did not manage to score at the beginning of the game. In the second half it was not easy because we are in the Champions League with one man less. Then you need courage and we got over that rapidly and continued to press – we did not drop back because if you do that, you do not get the ball any more. Even with ten men, we pushed them back.

©Getty Images

Milicevic after Gent's first Champions League goal

Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach
It is a disappointment to finish with a missed penalty. We were knocked out of our stride by Gent's passion, they began with a lot of desire. When they went down to ten men, our numerical superiority should have enabled us to win the game. We should at least have kept it at 1-0. But we let in a goal which I consider stupid and the penalty miss meant fate played a dirty trick on us.

In the first 30 minutes Gent were better than us. They did not score and I switched to 4-3-3 so the last 15 minutes of the first half were a little bit better. Then we started the second half well and scored. We should have been able to keep this advantage but we lacked maturity and Gent equalised. Their goal was avoidable. We had a chance to score with the penalty and we will see the consequences of the two points lost tonight.

We are a bit disappointed. It is a pity, because Valencia lost at home and if we had won, next time against Valencia would have been an open door for qualification. But with this result today the pressure will be greater against Valencia. We have dropped two points and it is a setback for us.

Last updated: 23/11/15 11.33CET

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