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Dinamo fired up for Lyon revenge mission

Dinamo Zagreb were overwhelmed 7-1 at home by Olympique Lyonnais in 2011/12 and will seize on their first fixture in Group H as an opportunity to turn the tables.

Maxime Gonalons (R) scored in Lyon's 7-1 defeat of Dinamo Zagreb in 2010/11
Maxime Gonalons (R) scored in Lyon's 7-1 defeat of Dinamo Zagreb in 2010/11 ©AFP/Getty Images

A matchday one visit to Stade de Lyon gives GNK Dinamo Zagreb a chance to put more distance between themselves and the 7-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of Olympique Lyonnais in 2011/12.

Previous meetings
• Lyon won home and away against the Croatian side five years ago, first posting a 2-0 victory in France at their former home, Stade de Gerland.

• The lineups on 27 September 2011 were:
Lyon: Lloris, Réveillère, B Koné, Lovren, Cissokho, Gonalons, Källström, Briand, Grenier (Pied 79), Bastos, Gomis (Lacazette 63).
Dinamo: Kelava, Leko, Vida, Tonel, Ibáñez, Badelj (Tomečak 46), Calello, Pokrivač (Rukavina 74), Kovačić (Šimunić 46), Sammir, Beqiraj.

• Bafétimbi Gomis and Bakary Koné scored the goals and Gomis enjoyed a wonderful night in the return – claiming the fastest ever UEFA Champions League hat-trick in eight minutes either side of half-time as Lyon celebrated their biggest ever victory in the competition.

• Dinamo had Jerko Leko sent off but took the lead through Mateo Kovačić before Gomis, who went on to score four, got to work. Maxime Gonalons, Lisandro and Jimmy Briand also registered in the 7-1 win to send Lyon through to the last 16 while the Croatian side finished bottom of the group without a single point.

Match background

• In their 14th campaign it will be hard not to improve on last season's record when, returning to the UEFA Champions League after a three-year absence, Lyon lost all three home games, scoring only once. Their only victory came on matchday six, 2-0 at Valencia CF, with their place as Group H's bottom side already confirmed.

• The Ligue 1 runners-up began last year with a 1-1 draw at KAA Gent to stretch their unbeaten matchday one sequence to five games (W2 D3).

• Dinamo lost all three away games in last season's group stage, conceding ten goals and scoring only one. They also finished bottom of Group F with three points that all arrived on matchday one in a 2-1 win over Arsenal FC.

• The Croatian double winners have failed to qualify from the group stage in all five previous attempts. In fact in all 12 previous UEFA club competition group stages – seven in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League – they have yet to make it through to the next phase.

• Their away form underpinned Dinamo's progress through this season's qualifying rounds. They won 2-1 at FK Vardar in the second qualifying round (5-3 on aggregate) and 1-0 at FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the next stage (3-0 on aggregate).

• After a 1-1 draw at home to FC Salzburg in the play-offs they trailed in Austria until the 87th minute when Junior Fernandes forced extra time. El Arabi Hilal Soudani then completed the victory.   

Coach and player links
• Davor Lovren is the brother of Dejan, who played for Lyon between 2010 and 2013.

• Played together:
Angelo Henríquez & Rafael (Manchester United FC 2012–2015)

• International team-mates:
El Arbi Hilal Soudani & Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria)
Paulo Machado & Anthony Lopes (Portugal)

• Paulo Machado played in France for AS Saint-Étienne in 2008/09 and for Toulouse FC between 2009 and 2012.     

Match facts

• Lyon's 12-match unbeaten home run ended with Saturday's 3-1 loss to FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Alexandre Lacazette opened his 2016/17 account with a hat-trick
Alexandre Lacazette opened his 2016/17 account with a hat-trick©AFP/Getty Images

• Alexandre Lacazette has scored six in four league games this season. He began with a hat-trick at AS Nancy-Lorraine, then came two penalties against SM Caen. Next time out he hit one as Lyon lost 4-2 at Dijon FCO.

• Lyon have registered at least once in each of their last 16 games.

• Nabil Fékir, who missed much of last season with a serious knee injury, was ruled out for three weeks at the start of September as he needed more surgery on his right knee.

• Corentin Tolisso scored both goals as France beat Iceland 2-0 in Caen on 6 September in a U21 EURO qualifier.

• Lyon lost the French Super Cup 4-1 against Paris Saint-Germain on 6 August in Klagenfurt, Austria.

• Christophe Jallet was an unused member of the France squad that finished runners-up to Portugal at UEFA EURO 2016.

Dinamo Zagreb
• Dinamo's 1-0 loss against NK Osijek on Saturday ended a run of 103 league games unbeaten at home since 31 July 2010. They had been unbeaten in all competitives matches since March, a run of 23 matches.

• Dinamo have won their last nine games away from home, scoring 21 and conceding three.

• Dinamo were 45 matches without defeat before going down 5-0 at FC Bayern München in last season's UEFA Champions League. The subsequent 2-0 loss in December had been Dinamo's last home defeat before Saturday.

• Dinamo lost two key players during the summer: both named Marko and both moving to Italy. Pjaca signed for Juventus and Rog joined Napoli.

• El Arbi Hilal Soudani scored twice as Algeria beat Lesotho 6-0 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on 4 September.