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Juventus can seal qualification with Lyon repeat win

Juventus are just one victory away from booking their place in the knockout rounds and, after beating Lyon on matchday three, will be confident of completing the job at home.

Gianluigi Buffon saves Alexandre Lacazette's penalty at Lyon
Gianluigi Buffon saves Alexandre Lacazette's penalty at Lyon ©AFP/Getty Images

One more victory will put Juventus through to the knockout rounds and, after beating Olympique Lyonnais through Juan Cuadrado's goal on matchday three, they will be confident of completing the job.

• Gianluigi Buffon saved a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and continued to keep the home team at bay even after Juve had lost Mario Lemina to a second yellow card.

Previous meetings
• Juventus won home and away when the sides met in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-final.

• Samuel Umtiti's own goal gave Juve a 2-1 second-leg win in Turin (and 3-1 success overall) after Jimmy Briand had equalised for Rémi Garde's Lyon following Andrea Pirlo's early strike. 

• Antonio Conte's Juve had seized the advantage in France when Leonardo Bonucci scored with five minutes remaining. They went out to SL Benfica in the semi-final, 2-1 on aggregate.

• The line-ups at the Juventus Stadium on 10 April 2014 were:
Juve:Buffon, Martín Cáceres, Bonucci, Isla, Chiellini, Asamoah, Pirlo, Vidal (Pogba 75), Marchisio, Tévez (Giovinco 78), Vučinić (Llorente 59).
Lyon: Lopes, Bedimo, B Koné, Ferri, Umtiti, Malbranque (Danic 76), Briand (Njié 70), Gonalons, Mvuemba, Lacazette (Gomis 70), Tolisso.

Match background

• The Bianconeri have won four and drawn one of their last five encounters against Ligue 1 sides.

• Their 25 matches with French opponents have ended W15 D5 L5 (W10 D2 L0 at home).

• They began the campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla FC and then won 4-0 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb, scoring twice in each half. They share top billing in Group H with Sevilla on seven points.

• The Bianconeri are on an 18-match (W10 D8) unbeaten home run in UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss to FC Bayern München. In last season's group stage they did not concede a goal at home, beating Sevilla and Manchester City FC.

• In the round of 16 the two-time European champions drew 2-2 at home to Bayern, succumbing 4-2 away in extra time.

• The French side began their 14th campaign with a 3-0 home win against Dinamo Zagreb before a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla. They lie four points adrift of the two leaders in Group H.

• One more point will be an improvement 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 have lost their last four games against Italian opponents. Their record in 19 such meetings is W7 D4 L8 (W4 D1 L4 away).

Coach and player links
• After making his professional debut with FC Metz in 2007/08, Miralem Pjanić played for Lyon for three seasons from 2008 before joining AS Roma.

• Patrice Evra played with OGC Nice and AS Monaco FC, winning the French League Cup with the latter in 2003 and finishing runners-up to FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League final the following season.

• Mathieu Valbuena scored in France's 2-1 win against Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Barzagli's Italy in a friendly international in Parma on 12 November 2012.

• Mario Lemina played for FC Lorient and Olympique de Marseille before joining Juventus in 2015. He won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with France.

• A product of the French academy at Clairefontaine, Medhi Benatia played for Tours FC, Lorient and Clermont Foot Auvergne before joining Udinese Calcio in 2010.

• Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played for Roma in 2014/15.

• Have played together:
Yanga-Mbiwa & Pjanić (Roma, 2014/15)
Nicolas N'Koulou, Jérémy Morel & Lemina (Marseille, 2013–2015)
Christophe Jallet & Benatia (Lorient, 2007/08)
Evra & Rafael (Manchester United FC, 2008–2014)

• International team-mates:
Yanga-Mbiwa, Clément Grenier, Lacazette, Jallet, Nabil Fekir, Valbuena, Maxime Gonalons & Evra (France)
Emanuel Mammana & Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala (Argentina)

Match facts

• Lemina serves a one-game suspension following his dismissal on matchday three.

• Juventus failed to score in Serie A for the first time since 19 February when they lost 1-0 at AC Milan on 22 October.

• Dybala went off with a right thigh injury against Milan and, like Marko Pjaca (left fibula), will be out until after the international break.

• Fit after a calf injury, Chiellini scored two headers in the 4-1 success against UC Sampdoria on 26 October. However, he limped off 39 minutes into Saturday's 2-1 win against SSC Napoli with a thigh problem.

• Gonzalo Higuaín scored the winner when Juve met his old side, Napoli, on Saturday, but refused to celebrate out of respect to his former employers.

• The Old Lady have won their last 22 Serie A home fixtures and are undefeated at Juventus Stadium in any competition since a 1-0 reverse against Udinese Calcio on 23 August 2015.

• Claudio Marchisio (out since 17 April, knee) made his comeback against Sampdoria, playing 72 minutes, and came off the bench against Napoli.

• Evra was substituted late in the first half of that game with a calf injury, but was an unused substitute against Napoli.

• Buffon, Dybala and Higuaín are among the 30 players shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d'Or by France Football magazine.

• Rafael is a booking away from a ban.

• Lyon have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions, but won 2-1 at Toulouse FC on Saturday night despite Rafael's 56th-minute dismissal.

• Lacazette took his tally to 101 goals for OL with two strikes against Toulouse. He is fourth on the club's all-time list having leapfrogged Juninho Pernambucano (100).

• Valbuena injured his right shoulder six minutes after coming off the bench in the 3-1 home defeat by EA Guingamp on 22 October and is expected to be out for around three weeks.