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West Ham vs Lyon match facts

Two teams who knocked out out former UEFA Europa League winners in the last 16 meet as West Ham United take on Olympique Lyonnais for the first time.

Tomáš Souček and David Moyes celebrate West Ham’s round of 16 success against Sevilla
Tomáš Souček and David Moyes celebrate West Ham’s round of 16 success against Sevilla AFP via Getty Images

Two teams who topped their UEFA Europa League group in the autumn before knocking out former competition winners in the round of 16 meet in the quarter-finals as West Ham United and Olympique Lyonnais lock horns for the first time in European competition.

• West Ham, making their debut in the UEFA Europa League proper, were comfortable winners of Group H during the autumn, clinching top spot with a game to spare on 13 points – three more than runners-up Dinamo Zagreb. They then staged an eye-catching comeback triumph against the competition's serial winners Sevilla in the round of 16, prevailing 2-0 after extra time in the home second leg after a 0-1 reverse in southern Spain.

• Lyon cruised through UEFA Europa League Group A, ensuring top spot in a section containing Rangers, Sparta Praha and Brøndby with two games to spare and dropping points only in their final fixture, a 1-1 home draw with the Scottish champions, who finished eight points adrift as runners-up. In the round of 16 Peter Bosz's side then saw off 2010/11 winners Porto, a 1-0 win in Portugal preceding a 1-1 draw in France.

Previous meetings
• West Ham's one previous experience of French opposition in UEFA competition came against Metz in one of the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup finals, when they lost the first leg 0-1 at home before winning 3-1 away.

• Lyon's record in 21 previous UEFA matches against English opposition is W7 D8 L6. In knockout ties it is W3 L3, the most recent going their way as they overcame Manchester City 3-1 in the single-leg quarter-final of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League thanks to a late Moussa Dembélé double in Lisbon.

• That win extended OL's unbeaten run against English opposition to six matches (W4 D2), their last two games in England having both yielded 2-1 victories – at Everton in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage and at Manchester City on Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League – to make their all-time record in England W4 D1 L5. They have yet to win in London, however, losing twice to Tottenham and drawing once against Arsenal.

Highlights: West Ham 2-0 Sevilla

Form guide
West Ham
• A sixth-placed finish in the 2020/21 Premier League earned West Ham a first appearance in the group stage of a UEFA competition. In each of their last two continental campaigns, in 2015/16 and 2016/17, they were eliminated in the UEFA Europa League qualifying phase by Romanian club Astra Giurgiu.

• The East Londoners won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1964/65, beating 1860 München 2-0 in the Wembley final, and would reach the semi-finals, final and quarter-finals of that same competition over the next 16 years. The furthest they have previously gone in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League was the second round in 1999/2000. Their quarter-final record in UEFA competition – all in the European Cup Winners' Cup – is W3 L1, the defeat having come in the most recent tie, against Dinamo Tbilisi in 1980/81 (1-4 h, 1-0 a).

• This season David Moyes' side won their first three Group H matches without conceding – 2-0 away to Dinamo, 2-0 at home to Rapid Wien and 3-0 at home to Genk. They then dropped their first points in a 2-2 draw away to the Belgian side before wrapping up top spot with a 2-0 win in Vienna and losing their last game 0-1 at home to Dinamo.

• The recent win against Sevilla means West Ham's European record at the London Stadium is now W4 L2, the four victories having all come with clean sheets. The club's overall home record in Europe is now W20 D3 L6.

Highlights: Porto 0-1 Lyon

• Lyon finished the 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign in fourth place, seven points behind champions LOSC Lille, to return to European competition after a rare season's absence as direct qualifiers for the UEFA Europa League group stage. In their most recent continental campaign they reached the semi-finals of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, where they were defeated 3-0 by eventual champions Bayern München.

• Bosz's side beat Rangers 2-0 away in their opening UEFA Europa League group game before doing the double over both Sparta (4-3 a, 3-0 h) and Brøndby (3-0 h, 3-1 a). A full set of victories eluded them when they were held at home by Rangers on Matchday 6, but their final tally of 16 points was the highest in the competition this season – three more than any other team managed across the eight groups.

• Les Gones have won more matches in the UEFA Europa League than any other French club (27), also scoring more goals (88). This is their third participation in the quarter-finals, their first tie, in 2013/14, having resulted in defeat by Juventus (0-1 h, 1-2 a), their second, three years later, in a penalty shoot-out win against Beşiktaş (2-1 h, 1-2 a aet).

• Lyon have equalled a competition record by winning their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League proper, three of them in the knockout phase. However, their overall record on the road in the competition during the spring is W4 D1 L6. They have also lost their last six away games in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, failing to win any of the last 11 (D2 L9).

Links and trivia
• West Ham's Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma are France team-mates of Lyon captain Léo Dubois.

• Areola is on loan to West Ham from his hometown club Paris Saint-Germain, for whom he has made 107 first-team appearances.

• Zouma was with Lyon's local rivals Saint-Étienne from 2011 to 2014, scoring away to OL in a 1-1 derby draw on 28 April 2013, while another three West Ham players have also belonged to French clubs – Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes, 2008–14), Saïd Benrahma (Nice, 2013–18) and Issa Diop (Toulouse, 2006–18).

• Italian international Emerson is on loan to Lyon this season from West Ham's London rivals Chelsea, with whom he was a participant in the 2019 UEFA Europa League final triumph against Arsenal and a UEFA Champions League winner last season.

• Tanguy Ndombélé returned to Lyon on loan from another London club, Tottenham, in January having previously left OL for Spurs in July 2019.

• Other members of the Lyon squad to have played for English clubs are Dembélé (Fulham, 2012–16), Jérôme Boateng (Manchester City, 2010/11) and Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (Arsenal, 2015–18).

• Ukrainian international Andriy Yarmolenko, who scored the Hammers' extra-time winner against Sevilla, was a Borussia Dortmund player in 2017/18, the first half of which was spent under current Lyon coach Bosz.

• Lyon's Karl Toko Ekambi is the joint top scorer in this season's UEFA Europa League with six goals, all of which he struck in the group stage.

• With their round of 16 victory at Porto, Lyon matched the record of six successive away wins in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final, previously shared by Atlético de Madrid and Porto. The French side's run has lasted over four years, starting on 22 February 2018 with a 1-0 win at Villarreal.

• West Ham were one of just two newcomers to the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2021/22, along with Danish champions Brøndby. Mid-term arrivals and fellow quarter-finalists Barcelona made it three debutants in this season's competition proper.

• Both clubs registered home wins in their domestic leagues on Sunday, West Ham beating Everton 2-1 and Lyon overcoming Angers 3-2.

• The winners of this tie will face Eintracht Frankfurt or Barcelona in the semi-final.