Lyon eager to exit Gerland in style against Gent

Lyon will play their final European game at the Stade de Gerland on Tuesday and Hubert Fournier is determined to make it like the old days and go out on a high against Gent.

Lyon coach Hubert Fournier
Lyon coach Hubert Fournier ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Fixture will be Lyon's last European match at the Stade de Gerland
  • French side need to win and hope Zenit beat Valencia to keep campaign alive
  • Gent will secure at least a third-place finish if they win or draw
  • Belgian team had two men sent off when the clubs drew 1-1 on matchday one
  • Next games: Valencia v Lyon, Gent v Zenit (9 December)

Possible lineup
Lyon: Lopes; Rafael, Biševac, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel; Ferri, Tolisso, Darder, Valbuena; Beauvue, Lacazette.
Out: Umtiti (knee), Grenier (fitness), Fekir (knee), Kalulu (ankle), Jallet (rib), Fofana (knee), Gonalons (suspended)
Doubtful: Biševac (hamstring)

Gent: Sels; Asare, Mitrović, Nielsen; Neto, Kums; Saief, Dejaegere, Milicevic, Foket; Depoitre.
Out: Gershon (knee) Matton (foot), Pedersen (ankle)
Doubtful: Depoitre (ankle), Van Der Bruggen (stomach muscle), Milicevic (unspecified), Johansson (ankle)

Highlights: Gent 1-1 Lyon
Highlights: Gent 1-1 Lyon

Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach
In a normal year we would already be out of contention, but Group H is a bit unusual and despite having just one point we are still alive. We do not have our destiny in our own hands so we have to be faultless and at our best for what will be the last European night at the Gerland. [Lyon move to the Stade de Lyon in January.]

There have been some great matches played here and I hope we can be at the same level. We fear this Gent team, though. They were good in our first match and we learned that without full focus, organisation and power, we will not get results.

The first game of a campaign is always very important and it was no different here. A win in the first game would have given us real serenity ... we drew [against nine men and missed a late penalty].


Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach
Anything is possible but it will be very difficult. We know Lyon will give everything to win at home; they will be very motivated. We know that even if we lose we might still have a chance. Our supporters won't be here tomorrow – it is a pity but we have to follow security measures.

We will focus on football. We want to please the people who come to the stadium in order to forget about all this. As a club Lyon have a lot of experience in Europe, but they have young players who, like us, are not very experienced.

Weekend results
Nice 3-0 Lyon (Germain 20, Yanga-Mbiwa og 48, Vincent Koziello 71)
Ten points behind leaders Paris at the start of play, Lyon suffered further damage in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 champions.

Gent 5-0 Westerlo (Coulibaly 4, Dejaegere 23, Raman 58, Kums 68pen 77)
Gent posted their biggest win since January 2012, their cause helped by the visitors playing for 63 minutes with ten men after the dismissal of Jore Trompet.

Lyon suffered their third loss in six outings on Saturday
Lyon suffered their third loss in six outings on Saturday©AFP/Getty Images

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Did you know
• Lyon move into their new stadium in the new year, making this the valedictory European night at a ground which first staged a competitive continental fixture in 1959. Find out more in our extensive match background.