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Malbranque powers Lyon to Plzeň success

Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 22.53CET
Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Steed Malbranque set up three goals as Rémi Garde's side atoned for conceding a soft early header against the Czech champions.
Malbranque powers Lyon to Plzeň success
Samuel Umtiti congratulates Alexandre Lacazette on scoring Lyon's second ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 22.53CET

Malbranque powers Lyon to Plzeň success

Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 FC Viktoria Plzeň
Steed Malbranque set up three goals as Rémi Garde's side atoned for conceding a soft early header against the Czech champions.

Steed Malbranque cut a swathe through FC Viktoria Plzeň with three assists as Olympique Lyonnais took a three-goal advantage in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

The experienced midfielder steered Lyon off the rocks after they conceded early, teeing up Gueïda Fofana for the equaliser before laying on second-half finishes for Alexandre Lacazette and Arnold Mvuemba. Lacazette then set up Fofana to make it 4-1 with 20 minutes remaining to leave the Czech champions on the brink.

Lyon looked leaden of foot when Plzeň took a shock lead; there were barely two minutes on the clock when Jan Kovařík's bread-and-butter cross found Tomáš Hořava unmarked, and he could scarcely believe his luck as he planted a header low past Anthony Lopes. However, Malbranque marshalled Lyon back into the game; Petr Bolek managed to save the 34-year-old's shot but had no chance from Malbranque's resulting corner, which skidded into the net off the knee of Fofana.

The impetus was with Lyon from then on, but a rickety-looking Plzeň defence proved oddly effective until half-time. Malbranque made his presence felt again thereafter, laying on two more goals before being taken off midway through the second period. First, his pass gave Lacazette a clear sight of goal on 53 minutes and the French international struck the ball low past Bolek. Then, as Lyon broke quickly eight minutes later, Malbranque set up Arnold Mvuemba, who controlled with his chest and slammed a shot into the net.

Plzeň were reeling, and their second-leg task looked more daunting still after Fofana got his second of the night with 20 minutes to go. His first had an element of luck, but there was no denying the artistry involved as he stroked in from just inside the box after running on to Lacazette's delivery.

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Lineups

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Lyon

plzeň

Plzeň

16
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
13
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
5
BiševacMilan Biševac
Yellow Card20
4
HubníkRoman Hubník
Yellow Card50
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
Goal12
Goal70
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava
Goal2
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Goal53
Substitution83
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
13
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
9
TeclStanislav Tecl
14
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
Substitution85
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
Substitution74
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution69
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution81
19
BriandJimmy Briand
19
KovaříkJan Kovařík
Yellow Card60
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
Yellow Card60
21
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Yellow Card29
Substitution70
28
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba
Goal61
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský

Substitutes

1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
Substitution85
2
HejdaLukáš Hejda
Substitution74
12
FerriJordan Ferri
12
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution81
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution83
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
20
DanicGaël Danic
15
WágnerTomáš Wágner
26
NjiéClinton Njié
18
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
55
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
Substitution69
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Substitution70

Coach

Rémi Garde (FRA) Dušan Uhrin Jr. (CZE)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Alejandro Hernandez (ESP)

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