France international fullback ANTHONY REVEILLERE (13) of Olympique Lyon races for the ball with FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Brazilian center back DOUGLAS DA SILVA, recognized as one of the top defenders in the Israel Premier League, at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Champions League
1 – FC Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR) ——– Enyeama pen 79′
3 – Olympique Lyon (FRA) ———– Michel Bastos pen 7′, 36′, Pjanic 90+4′
Backed by a brace from Brazil World Cup midfielder MICHEL BASTOS, visiting Ligue 1 side OLYMPIQUE LYON held off a late charge to defeat FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV 3-1 and take control of Group C in the UEFA Champions League.
Olympique Lyon got off to a fast start after 36-year-old veteran Israel international defender WALID BADEER of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv felled France international striker JIMMY BRIAND in the area; Brazil World Cup midfielder MICHEL BASTOS buried the resulting penalty kick in the seventh minute.
Twenty minutes into the match, the 27-year-old Michel Bastos took advantage of a poor clearance from a corner kick to blast a shot top shelf from about twenty yards out and double the lead of Olympique Lyon.
Although Olympique Lyon had twice as many attempts, both teams would have eight shots hit the target throughout the game; in a duel of World Cup first choice goalkeepers, France’s HUGO LLORIS distinguished himself between the sticks for Olympique Lyon with seven saves.
The shot-stopper of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, the Nigerian VINCENT ENYEAMA, halved the deficit himself from the penalty spot in the 79th minute after Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA was fouled on a set piece play by Olympique Lyon’s Croatia international defender DEJEAN LOVREN.
A second half substitute for Olympique Lyon, Bosnia / Herzegovina international midfielder MIRALEM PJANIC, put the result beyond doubt and added a bit of deception to the scoreline with a goal in the fourth minute of time added on.
Olympique Lyon’s Brazil World Cup midfielder MICHEL BASTOS (11) blasts a left-footer from the spot in the seventh minute for the first of his two goals against FC Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Reuters photo)
FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV : Enyeama ; Ben Dayan, da Silva, Badeer, Bondarv ; Rocchi (Shivhon 59′), Zahavi (Abutbul 59′), Yadin, Vermouth ; Sahar (Tamuz 76′), Shechter
OLYMPIQUE LYON : Lloris ; Cissokho, Lovren, Diakhate, Reveillere ; Michel Bastos (Gonalons 89′), Toulalan, Gourcuff (Pjanic 77′), Kallstrom ; Briand, Gomis (Pied 63′)
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s French midfielder ROMAIN ROCCHI (27), who arrived this off-season summer from Ligue 1 side FC Metz, restains France World Cup forward YOANN GOURCUFF, for whom Olympique Lyon laid out 22.0 million Euros to sign from Girondins Bordeaux this past August, at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Reuters photo)