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Feghouli thunderbolt earns Valencia win at Lyon

Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.50CET
Lyon 0-1 Valencia
Sofiane Feghouli's superb long-range strike was enough to earn the points on an evening when the woodwork was rattled five times.
by Chris Burke
from Stade de Gerland

Match statistics

LyonValencia

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts21
 
6
on target4
 
2
off target8
 
3
blocked9
 
1
against woodwork0
2
Corners9
 
5
Offsides0
5
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
13
Passes570
 
407
completed498
 
333

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit26
Valencia CF Valencia23
KAA Gent Gent21
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon21

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 12:52 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.50CET

Feghouli thunderbolt earns Valencia win at Lyon

Lyon 0-1 Valencia
Sofiane Feghouli's superb long-range strike was enough to earn the points on an evening when the woodwork was rattled five times.

• Valencia claim their first points in Group H; OL remain on one
• Visitors hit woodwork twice before Sofiane Feghouli's superb long-range opener
• Lyon also connect with goal frame twice in a frenetic first half
• Chances much less frequent in tight second period
• Next games: Zenit v Lyon, Valencia v Gent (20 October)

Valencia have their first win in UEFA Champions League Group H after Sofiane Feghouli edged an entertaining game with a thunderous first-half strike away against Lyon.

"Let's make these stars shine one last time at Gerland," read a banner in the Virage Nord, but it was more a night of rattling woodwork at OL's home, which they are due to leave in January. Mathieu Valbuena was the first to find the frame of the goal, with his free-kick palmed superbly onto the post by Valencia's third-choice goalkeeper Jaume Doménech.

Lyon had started well, yet Valencia gradually took control and posed their own set-piece threat from corners, Aymen Abdennour heading against the upright after earlier nodding wide. Feghouli then took over the mantle, grazing the bar with a vicious effort before connecting with it a second, decisive time – his shot from distance bouncing in off the bar after he had received a Pablo Piatti pass in too much space.

Incredibly, there was more to come in the first half, a deflected Alexandre Lacazette shot looping onto the bar, while OL substitute Jordan Ferri screwed wide. Lacazette also brought a save from Doménech shortly after the restart as Hubert Fournier's men looked to stave off a damaging defeat.

Perhaps inevitably, the goalmouth action abated as the half progressed, a flurry of yellow cards underlining what had become a grittier spectacle. And that was exactly how Los Che wanted it, the Liga club managing their lead to leave Lyon in early trouble in Group H.

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Key player: Sofiane Feghouli
Born in France, Feghouli was obviously keen to impress at Gerland and he succeeded where it seemed no one would by finding the back of the net in a bizarre first half. The energetic Algerian international opened the scoring with a fantastic strike, even if Lyon were guilty of leaving him completely free.

Lacazette left frustrated
With just one goal to his name this season – and a missed penalty in Gent two weeks ago – Alexandre Lacazette was eager to turn this game in OL's favour. Disappointment loomed for last season's top scorer in Ligue 1, though he nearly registered with a deflected attempt.

Mixed night for debutants
The Lyon team sheet featured two relatively new faces in Aldo Kalulu and Sergi Darder, the former making his first UEFA Champions League start for the club and the latter marking his debut in the competition. Neither made a huge impact, though while Darder's night ended with an early injury, Kalulu showed moments of promise.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 15.43CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

valencia

Valencia

1
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
24
DoménechJaume Doménech (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
5
BiševacMilan Biševac
2
João CanceloJoão Cancelo
8
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
5
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Substitution74
6
OrbánLucas Orbán
13
JalletChristophe Jallet
7
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution71
14
DarderSergi Darder
Substitution43
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Goal42
15
MorelJérémy Morel
Substitution78
10
ParejoDaniel Parejo (C)
19
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
11
PiattiPablo Piatti
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
Yellow Card61
15
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card63
Substitution84
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
18
Javi FuegoJavi Fuego
Yellow Card52
26
A. KaluluAldo Kalulu
Yellow Card67
23
AbdennourAymen Abdennour
Substitution59

Substitutes

30
GorgelinMathieu Gorgelin (GK)
13
YoelYoel (GK)
9
BeauvueClaudio Beauvue
Substitution74
4
SantosSantos
Substitution59
11
GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
Substitution78
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
12
FerriJordan Ferri
Substitution43
Yellow Card90+2
12
DaniloDanilo
Substitution84
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
17
RodrigoRodrigo
Substitution71
27
CornetMaxwel Cornet
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
28
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba
22
Santi MinaSanti Mina

Coach

Hubert Fournier (FRA) Nuno Espírito Santo (POR)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Nemanja Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Nenad Djokić (SRB)

Legend:

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