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Lyon wear down Sparta to take the spoils

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.05CET
Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 AC Sparta Praha
Bafétimbi Gomis enjoyed a mixed night in front of goal, but left with a smile on his face as the hosts sealed an opening Group I victory.
Lyon wear down Sparta to take the spoils
Lisandro celebrates what turned out to be the winning goal for Lyon ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

LyonSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
5
Corners6
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 23/09/2012 05:17 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.05CET

Lyon wear down Sparta to take the spoils

Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 AC Sparta Praha
Bafétimbi Gomis enjoyed a mixed night in front of goal, but left with a smile on his face as the hosts sealed an opening Group I victory.

Olympique Lyonnais got their UEFA Europa League Group I campaign off the ground as Bafétimbi Gomis scored one and set up another to help defeat AC Sparta Praha at the Stade de Gerland.

It looked as if it was going to be a frustrating night for Les Gones, appearing in the competition for the first time since 2002/03, with Sparta keeper Tomáš Vaclík in inspired form. However, Gomis headed the opener and Lisandro doubled the advantage before Ladislav Krejčí pulled one back for Sparta.

After an undefeated start in Ligue 1, it was no surprise to see the hosts dictate the play in the opening period. Despite one Lisandro effort, which the Lyon No9 volleyed over, the half boiled down to a battle between Lyon's Gomis and Sparta's 23-year-old goalkeeper.

After firing two early efforts off target, the French international forward was sent clear by Clément Grenier, only to shoot straight at Vaclík, before the keeper stayed large to thwart a chipped effort minutes later. It was the same result once more before the interval, as Gomis drilled at goal.

However, those misses were swiftly forgotten when Grenier's corner was powered in at the back post after 59 minutes. Moments later, the goalscorer's neat turn in the area fell to strike partner Lisandro, who stroked in from close range.

Grenier hit a post, before substitute Krejčí smashed in Václav Kadlec's low cross with 13 minutes to go to set home nerves jangling. The 20-year-old then fired just over Rémy Vercoutre's goal as Sparta threatened to steal a point, but Rémi Garde's men stood firm.

Last updated: 22/09/12 0.16CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
31
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
3
PamićManuel Pamić
7
GrenierClément Grenier
4
ŠvejdíkOndřej Švejdík
9
LisandroLisandro (C)
Goal62
Substitution67
6
PřikrylTomáš Přikryl
Substitution71
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Yellow Card27
11
KweukeLeony Kweuke
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
14
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
Substitution43
16
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
Yellow Card42
15
BiševacMilan Biševac
18
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
Substitution58
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution83
22
HušbauerJosef Hušbauer
Substitution85
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Goal59
Yellow Card61
24
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
Yellow Card18
39
JarošíkJiří Jarošík (C)

Substitutes

16
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
1
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution85
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
Substitution83
17
SkalákJiří Skalák
19
BriandJimmy Briand
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
20
MonzónFabián Monzón
Substitution67
20
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Substitution43
23
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution71
Goal77
25
BenziaYassine Benzia
25
HolekMario Holek
Substitution58

Coach

Rémi Garde (FRA) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Mykola Levko (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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