Lyon led twice at Hoffenheim but were forced to settle for a point and will hope for better in their home Group F fixture.
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After sharing six goals last time out, Lyon and Hoffenheim meet again with the French side looking to cement their place in Group F's qualification berths and their German visitors still seeking a first UEFA Champions League victory.
• Lyon were knocked off top spot in the section by Manchester City on matchday three despite twice leading at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. Bertrand Traoré gave the visitors a 27th-minute lead and, though Andrej Kramarić turned the match on its head with goals either side of half-time, second-half strikes from Tanguy Ndombele (59) and Memphis Depay (67) looked to have given Lyon a second successive away win. Instead Hoffenheim substitute Joelinton rescued a point in added time, keeping the German side in touch with the top two.
• Lyon therefore have five points, one behind leaders Manchester City but three ahead of both Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk. Hoffenheim will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose in Lyon and City win at home to Shakhtar in the other matchday four contest.
• Les Gones kicked off their 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign with a memorable 2-1 victory at Manchester City, and recovered from 0-2 down at home to Shakhtar on matchday two to salvage a point.
• Those results, and the draw at Hoffenheim, make it four wins – and only one defeat – in the last seven European matches for Bruno Génésio's side, who have scored two or more goals in each of their last four European fixtures.
• Lyon are in the group stage for the third time in four seasons – their 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns both ended at that hurdle.
• In 2017/18, Lyon made it as far as the UEFA Europa League round of 16, but were denied the chance to appear in the final at their own ground as they lost to CSKA Moskva at that stage.
• The 3-2 defeat at home to CSKA ended Lyon's three-game winning run in their own stadium in Europe, and is their only home reverse in 11 European contests (W7 D3), since a 1-0 UEFA Champions League group loss to Juventus in October 2016.
• OL have lost two of their last three home games against German clubs – although they beat Schalke 1-0 in the most recent, in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage – but have won seven of the 12 such contests overall (D1 L4).
• Lyon were UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2010 and are in the group stage for the 15th time – more than any other French club.
• The German club's debut in the UEFA Champions League proper was a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk, although Hoffenheim's home bow fell flat as they were undone by a late Manchester City goal to lose 2-1 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on matchday two.
• Third in last season's Bundesliga – their highest ever finish – Hoffenheim made their European bow against eventual runners-up Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League play-offs (1-2 home, 2-4 away).
• They went on to pick up five points in the UEFA Europa League group stage, finishing fourth in a section that also included Braga, Ludogorets and İstanbul Başakşehir.
• Hoffenheim have lost three of their five European away games, the exceptions a 1-1 draw at İstanbul Başakşehir on matchday four of last season's UEFA Europa League and matchday one at Shakhtar.
• Die Kraichgauer have won only one of their 11 European matches, home and away. Having lost the first four, they have been beaten only twice in the last seven.
• Hoffenheim are the 13th German club to feature in the UEFA Champions League – a joint competition record with Spain. They are one of three newcomers to the UEFA Champions League group stage this season, alongside Crvena zvezda and Young Boys.
• Aged 31 years 58 days, Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in UEFA Champions League history on matchday one, replacing Viktor Goncharenko, who was 31 years 99 days when BATE Borisov took on Real Madrid on matchday one in 2008/09.
Links and trivia
• Ishak Belfodil signed for Lyon in June 2008 and made ten appearances for the first team before joining Parma in 2012.
• Have played together:
Memphis Depay & Joshua Brenet (PSV Eindhoven 2013–15)
• International team-mates:
Memphis Depay & Joshua Brenet (Netherlands)
• Andrej Kramarić (Croatia) and Nabil Fekir (France) both came on as substitutes in the FIFA World Cup final on 15 July; France were 4-2 winners in Moscow.
• Lyon have lost only one of their last 11 matches in all competitions (W5 D5) – a 5-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain on 7 October, their heaviest defeat since a 6-1 loss at Nantes on 15 February 2000. They drew 1-1 at home to Bordeaux on Saturday.
• Before Saturday, Memphis Depay had scored in Lyon's previous three games having drawn a blank in the previous ten; the Dutchman's previous club goal came on the opening day of the Ligue 1 season on 12 August.
• Bertrand Traoré is Lyon's joint top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with four goals – all at home. Houssem Aouar joined him on four on Saturday.
• Nabil Fekir returned after four weeks out to provide an assist on Saturday, his first appearance since being replaced after only six minutes at Paris due to an ankle injury.
• Maxwel Cornet has not played since 16 October having picked up an ankle problem on international duty. He was an unused substitute at the weekend.
• Rafael returned from a shoulder problem that had kept him out since 7 October in the 2-1 win at Angers on 27 October. Léo Dubois (thigh) also picked up an injury against Paris on 7 October and has not featured since.
• Hoffenheim were 4-1 victors at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, Joelinton scoring twice to make it four goals in his last four games.
• Die Kraichgauer failed to score for the first time this season in a 2-0 DFB Pokal defeat by RB Leipzig on 31 October.
• Hoffenheim have not been involved in a 0-0 draw since 20 May 2017. Their 15 games this season in all competitions have yielded 58 goals.
• Julian Nagelsmann's side have won only three of their last eight matches in all competitions (D1 L4) – although the 4-0 defeat of Stuttgart on 27 October was their biggest victory of the season, and their only clean sheet.
• Reiss Nelson, who was also on target on Saturday, has scored five goals for Hoffenheim in his six Bundesliga appearances, playing 318 minutes in total.
• Nadiem Amiri (mid-August, foot surgery) and Dennis Geiger (10 March, hamstring) are both back in training.
• Florian Grillitsch (knee) suffered an ankle injury against Stuttgart and missed the Leipzig game, returning at Leverkusen; Stefan Posch has been out since 7 October due to a calf complaint.
• Benjamin Hübner has been out since 3 August due to concussion. Lukas Rupp has not played this season after suffering a knee injury on 5 May.