Stade de Gerland - Lyon 04/11/2015 - 20:45CET (20:45 local timelocal)

Group stage - Group H

Lyon - Zenit
0-2
 

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Lyon need 'crazy game' to deny Zenit

Published: Tuesday 3 November 2015, 18.30CET
The only team still with a perfect record, Zenit know a fourth Group H win at Lyon would take them through – and Hubert Fournier says the home side "will need to play a crazy game".
by Sébastien Blanchard
from Lyon
Lyon need 'crazy game' to deny Zenit
Hubert Fournier speaks on Tuesday ©AFP/Getty Images
 

Suspensions and injuries

Reported player injuries

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Last updated: 19/12/2015 06:10 CET

Tournament statistics

Lyon
Zenit

2

Goals scored

8

55

Possession (%)

41

53

Total attempts

32

12

on target

16

24

off target

10

17

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

0

24

Corners

14

4

Offsides

6

10

Yellow cards

6

0

Red Cards

0

50

Fouls committed

48

38

Fouls suffered

47

1616

Passes

1002

1418

completed

846

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit39
Valencia CF Valencia36
KAA Gent Gent31
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon31

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 03/11/2015 06:33 CET
 
  
Published: Tuesday 3 November 2015, 18.30CET

Lyon need 'crazy game' to deny Zenit

The only team still with a perfect record, Zenit know a fourth Group H win at Lyon would take them through – and Hubert Fournier says the home side "will need to play a crazy game".

  • Hubert Fournier says Lyon need a "crazy game" to beat Group H leaders Zenit
  • Zenit have sole 100% record; with one point, Lyon are five off second place
  • Should Zenit win they are through; a draw will suffice if Gent fail to beat Valencia
  • Russian side unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions
  • Hulk fit to start for Zenit but Ezequiel Garay is ruled out

Possible lineup
Lyon: Lopes; Jallet, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bedimo; Gonalons, Darder, Tolisso; Valbuena, Lacazette, Beauvue.
Out: Fekir (knee), Grenier (fitness), Kalulu (ankle), Biševac (fitness), Fofana (ankle)

Zenit: Kerzhakov; Anyukov, Neto, Lombaerts, Criscito; Javi García, Witsel, Shatov, Danny; Hulk, Dzyuba.
Out: Fayzulin (knee), Garay (muscle)

Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach
We need to be positive and play with a degree of organised craziness. We want to show that we are worth more than what we have shown so far. We hope we can win against this team.

©AFP/Getty Images

Claudio Beauvue earned Lyon victory on Saturday

Going through will be difficult – we will need to play a crazy game against Zenit, a side with world-class players. It is a good match to prepare for. We are under pressure, we have no more chances, so it's an exciting challenge.

André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach
We are in a good position but we want to qualify as soon as possible – a point and we are almost there. Lyon have nothing to lose and they are on a good run in Ligue 1 after two wins; for us it is a little different. But we are very focused on the Champions League.

Lyon have done well over the past few years. There have been ups and downs, but they have a great structure, great culture, great foundations. It would be good to see Paris Saint-Germain and other French teams progress further in Europe.

Watch: Hulk's stunner v Lyon

Weekend results
Troyes 0-1 Lyon (Beauvue 78pen)
Lyon recorded victory over a Troyes side down to ten men for over 50 minutes. The result ended a run of five away games without a win for the second-placed visitors and kept them ten points behind Ligue 1 leaders Paris.

Zenit 0-0 Mordovia
Zenit lost more ground on Premier-Liga frontrunners CSKA Moskva as they failed to find a way past second-from-bottom Mordovia – leaving Villas-Boas's fourth-placed team ten points off the summit.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Lyon: WWLDWL
Zenit: DWWWDW

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Last season Zenit's UEFA Champions League hopes vanished away to Ligue 1 opposition when they slumped 2-0 Monaco in their final group fixture. Find out more in our extensive match background.  

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