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Lyon edge five-goal thriller in Bilbao

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.50CET
Athletic Club 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais
A thrilling encounter at the Estadio de San Mamés was decided by Alexandre Lacazette, who fired the French team into the round of 32.
Lyon edge five-goal thriller in Bilbao
Lyon goalkeeper Rémy Vercoutre reacts to his team's second goal ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AthleticLyon

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners7
 
4
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 03/11/2012 00:14 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.50CET

Lyon edge five-goal thriller in Bilbao

Athletic Club 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais
A thrilling encounter at the Estadio de San Mamés was decided by Alexandre Lacazette, who fired the French team into the round of 32.

Group I pacesetters Olympique Lyonnais maintained their 100% record in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League with a battling victory over Athletic Club in Bilbao.  

Goals from Bafétimbi Gomis and Yoann Gourcuff put Lyon in a commanding position at the Estadio de San Mamés, before Athletic hit back through Ander Herrera. Aritz Aduriz then levelled for the home side, but Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful effort assured Lyon of a place in the round of 32.

Athletic started confidently yet were made to pay for some early profligacy when Lyon went ahead midway through the first half. Gourcuff's fine free-kick from the right found Gomis who made no mistake, heading past Gorka Iraizoz despite the attentions of Andoni Iraola.

The Basque club continued to create chances, though could not find a way past Rémy Vercoutre, who was superb in the Lyon goal. The French team doubled their advantage moments before the interval, Gourcuff finishing clinically after Iraizoz had brilliantly denied Gomis and Lacazette.

Herrera's close-range strike soon after half-time seemed to restore Athletic's belief, and Marcelo Bielsa's men began to show glimpses of the flowing football that took them to the final of this competition last season. One slick passing move just before the hour mark culminated in Herrera being tripped by Maxime Gonalons in the area, allowing Aduriz to restore parity from the penalty spot.

Lyon were not to be denied, however. Just eight minutes after the equaliser, Gueïda Fofana robbed Iker Muniain on the byline and fed Lacazette, who rifled past Iraizoz at the near post. Athletic surged forward in search of another goal, but the visitors held firm to register their fourth win in Group I.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.15CET

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Lineups

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Athletic

lyon

Lyon

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
Yellow Card21
Substitution46
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
Yellow Card53
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
Yellow Card67
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
8
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Yellow Card31
Goal45+1
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Goal63
Substitution82
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
15
BiševacMilan Biševac
Yellow Card65
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi (C)
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Goal22
Substitution73
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Yellow Card62
Substitution85
20
MonzónFabián Monzón
Substitution69
20
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Yellow Card45
Goal55
Substitution70
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
Yellow Card55
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Goal48
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti

Substitutes

13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
16
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
6
San JoséMikel San José
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution70
7
GrenierClément Grenier
11
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution46
9
LisandroLisandro
Substitution73
16
Ismael LópezIsmael López
Substitution85
12
FerriJordan Ferri
Substitution82
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution69
28
RamalhoJonás Ramalho
36
NovilloHarry Novillo

Coach

Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) Rémi Garde (FRA)

Referee

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant referees

Angelo Boonman (NED), Berry Simons (NED)

Fourth official

Rob van de Ven (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Tom van Sichem (NED)

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