UEFA.com works better on other browsers
For the best possible experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Lyon stand in Schalke's path

Wins in their previous two home games have left FC Schalke 04 with a strong chance of qualifying and a third victory would take them above opponents Olympique Lyonnais to the Group B summit.

Lyon stand in Schalke's path
Lyon stand in Schalke's path ©UEFA.com

Having recorded wins in their two previous home matches, FC Schalke 04 know that a third victory would take them above opponents Olympique Lyonnais and top of UEFA Champions League Group B.

• The German side recorded a goalless draw at Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC on Matchday 4 to move on to seven points, two behind a Lyon side whose three-game winning streak was brought to a spectacular end with a 4-3 defeat at SL Benfica.

Previous meetings
• The sides had not met before their 14 September contest, Lyon's bid to progress to the knockout rounds for an eighth successive season getting off to a winning start thanks to Michel Bastos's first-half strike. The away team were reduced to ten men when Benedikt Höwedes was shown a red card seven minutes before the break.

• Schalke have won both their previous two home games against French opponents, beating AS Nancy-Lorraine 1-0 in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup first round – although they lost the return 3-1 in France – and Paris Saint-Germain FC 3-1 in the group stage of the 2008/09 competition.

• Lyon lost the last time they were in Germany – a 1-0 reverse against FC Bayern München in last season's semi-final first leg en route to a 4-0 aggregate defeat – to end a five-match unbeaten run that included four successive wins. Before that they had lost five in a row without scoring a single goal.

Match background
• Schalke bounced back from their opening defeat at Lyon with a 2-0 win against Benfica on Matchday 2 thanks to goals in the last 17 minutes from Jefferson Farfán and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

• Three weeks later Raúl González, the record scorer in UEFA Champions League history, struck his first two goals in the competition for Schalke to engineer a 3-1 defeat of Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. His fellow Spaniard, José Manuel Jurado, added a third.

• On Matchday 2, Lyon travelled to Israel where Bastos scored twice in a 3-1 win at Hapoel. A goal in each half from Jimmy Briand and Lisandro proved enough to see off Benfica in their third game.

• While Schalke were being held at Hapoel last time out Lyon were falling 4-0 behind at Benfica, late goals from Yoann Gourcuff, Bafétimbi Gomis and Dejan Lovren not enough to rescue a point.

• Although Lyon are on course to reach the knockout rounds for the eighth season in a row, they have not finished as group winners since 2006/07.

• In their last UEFA Champions League campaign, 2007/08, Schalke progressed beyond the group stage for the first time in three attempts. They eventually reached the quarter-finals when they lost to FC Barcelona 1-0 both home and away.

Team ties
• Raúl was an unused substitute for Real Madrid CF in last season's round of 16 first leg at Stade de Gerland, which Lyon won 1-0. The striker played in four UEFA Champions League games against the French side while at Madrid and was never on the winning side; both the home games were drawn, with the away games ending in defeat. Raúl also failed to score.

• In the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Schalke coach Felix Magath, then in charge of VfB Stuttgart, got the better of Claude Puel's LOSC Lille Métropole, overturning a 1-0 away defeat with a 2-0 win in Germany.

• Pape Diakhaté helped Nancy eliminate Schalke 3-2 on aggregate in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup first round.

• Lisandro scored FC Porto's goal in a 1-0 defeat of Schalke in the 2007/08 round of 16 second leg. However, he missed in the ensuing penalty shoot-out after the tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate, the German team prevailing 4-1.

• Farfán faced Lyon twice while at PSV, his team winning 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals before losing 5-0 over two legs in the last 16 a year later.

• Lovren and Ivan Rakitić are international team-mates for Croatia.

• Frank Fahrenhorst was a second-half substitute in SV Werder Bremen's 7-2 defeat at Lyon in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg.