Lyon 1-0 Apoel

Lyon confident after narrow win

February 15, 2012

Lyon expressed satisfaction at a job well done in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Apoel Nicosia, and promised a more attacking approach in the return meeting.

Lyon celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette's goal put them ahead against APOEL Nicosia
GettyImagesLyon celebrate after Alexandre Lacazette's goal put them ahead against APOEL Nicosia

Alexandre Lacazette's deflected strike shortly before the hour mark, the 20-year-old's fifth goal in as many games, earned Les Gones a 1-0 win over the Cypriot side at Stade Gerland.

It was by no means a sparkling performance, but Remi Garde's charges are expecting a different kind of encounter in three weeks' time.

Aly Cissokho told L'Equipe: "At home they will have to come out of their shells or be eliminated, so the match promises to be open. We will do the job in Nicosia. We are competitors.''

Fellow full-back Anthony Reveillere added: "We know we have the potential to score over there, and also to be solid. We will go there with plenty of ambition.

"At home, they will have a more attacking outlook. It will be down to them to chase the game. We will have a result to defend.''

While Garde's defenders aspired to a more open style, it was playmaker Kim Kallstrom who expressed most satisfaction with Lyon's defensive performance.

The Swede said: "Defensively and in terms of patience, team spirit, calmness, we were very good. We performed well. All that was missing was a second goal - then, we would have been very, very happy.

"When we were in good positions, we did not put the chances away. It's always difficult to score goals - that is why attackers are the best-paid players.

"But we are happy nevertheless because we did not concede. We have put ourselves in a good position for the return match because (APOEL) need to win.''