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Lyon defeat Betis as both advance

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 21.07CET
Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Real Betis Balompié
Les Gones advanced to the knockout stage with a narrow defeat of Pepe Mel's men who also progressed despite the reverse.
by Ian Holyman
from Stade de Gerland
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 21.07CET

Lyon defeat Betis as both advance

Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Real Betis Balompié
Les Gones advanced to the knockout stage with a narrow defeat of Pepe Mel's men who also progressed despite the reverse.

Substitute Bafétimbi Gomis scored the only goal of the game as Olympique Lyonnais moved to the top of UEFA Europa League Group I with a 1-0 defeat of Real Betis Balompié that saw both sides through to the last 32.

With Vitória SC held by HNK Rijeka, Gomis's 66th-minute strike at an icy Stade de Gerland sent unbeaten OL into pole position in the section, four points clear of the Portuguese team, who miss out to Betis on their head-to-head record. Victory in Portugal on matchday six will ensure Rémi Garde's men finish as group winners.

Though they arrived in France as leaders, Betis had registered only a single point in their last seven domestic games in Spain, and their timid play smacked of a lack of self-confidence. Salvador Sevilla's long-range drive would have boosted their belief had it evaded Rémy Vercoutre, but that proved Lyon's sole first-half scare. Not that Stephan Andersen was much busier at the other end. Bar a Milan Biševac header comfortably snaffled, the Danish international largely watched the hosts play prettily but ineffectively in front of him. That did change just before the interval when Alexandre Lacazette zipped forward, but the pacy Lyon forward's toe-poked effort was grabbed by Andersen.

While Lacazette's alertness threatened to provide a breakthrough for Lyon, Samuel Umtiti's lack of it almost gifted Betis the initiative – but after seizing onto the Lyon defender's ill-advised back pass and rounding Vercoutre, Chuli found a post, not the net. Instead, Gomis did just that, though the comfort of his finish was afforded him by sharp interplay in the build-up between Lacazette and substitute Yoann Gourcuff. The duo's smart one-two on the edge of the box gave Gomis the opportunity to side-foot his shot beyond the reach of Andersen and hand Betis their first group-stage defeat.

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

betis

Betis

1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
3
BedimoHenri Bedimo
3
PaulãoPaulão
5
BiševacMilan Biševac
8
NonoNono
Yellow Card74
Substitution80
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
9
ChuliChuli
7
GrenierClément Grenier
Substitution60
10
VerdúJoan Verdú
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
11
JuanfranJuanfran
13
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
14
SevillaSalvador Sevilla
Yellow Card51
Substitution74
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
21
ReyesLorenzo Reyes
19
BriandJimmy Briand
Substitution45
22
CedrickCedrick
Substitution64
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
23
NachoNacho (C)
Yellow Card74
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Substitution80
25
JordiJordi

Substitutes

30
GorgelinMathieu Gorgelin (GK)
13
SaraGuillermo Sara (GK)
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
Substitution80
6
Xavi TorresXavi Torres
Substitution80
8
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution60
12
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
12
FerriJordan Ferri
18
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
Substitution64
Yellow Card87
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution45
Goal66
36
CaroCaro
27
PléaAlassane Pléa
39
SergioSergio
55
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
47
PepeluPepelu
Substitution74

Coach

Rémi Garde (FRA) Pepe Mel (ESP)

Referee

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Assistant referees

Jake Collin (ENG), Simon Bennett (ENG)

Fourth official

Darren England (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Jones (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)

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