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Hapoel boss Gutman philosophical after Lyon loss

Eli Gutman conceded it was just not Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC's day after his side lost 3-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais in Group B, though Vincent Enyeama's late penalty was significant.

Lyon's Jérémy Toulalan vies with Ben Sahar of Hapoel
Lyon's Jérémy Toulalan vies with Ben Sahar of Hapoel ©Getty Images

Eli Gutman conceded it was just not Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC's day after his side lost 3-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais in Group B. Vincent Enyeama's late penalty, the first goal for an Israeli side in the UEFA Champions League since 2004, brought some consolation.

Eli Gutman, Hapoel coach
It's not just because we scored a goal, but I thought we played very well in the second period and kept Lyon penned inside their own half. There are times when you make mistakes and don't pay for them and times when you do: today was payday. Lyon did what they had to: they were not much better than us but that second goal really hurt us.

Claude Puel, Lyon coach
Hapoel are a good team, very difficult to play against. The heat and humidity was amazing and didn't help us either so a win here in Tel Aviv is a good result, very important. We scored and quickly went two up. We shouldn't aim too high or look too far ahead: just take things game by game and focus on picking up three points.