Europa League

October 4, 2012


Hapoel Kiryat Shmona

3 - 4


Group I

13:00 EDT, October 4, 2012

Kiryat-Eli'ezer Stadium

Referee: Artur Soares Dias

OL edge thriller

#INSERT type:image caption:Hapoel Kiryat Shmona were on their way to an entertaining 3-3 draw against Lyon, but Gueida Fofana pounced late for the French side END#

Yassine Benzia struck in injury-time to snatch a narrow 4-3 win for Lyon and deny Hapoel Kiryat Shmona a deserved point in a pulsating Europa League encounter.

Les Gones trailed to Shimon Abuhatzira's early goal but then put themselves in the driving seat thanks to Gueida Fofana, Fabian Monzon and Anthony Reveillere.

Kiryat Shmona hit back after the interval, however, through Lior Levi and a Abuhatzira penalty and they looked to have secured a draw until Benzia's late heroics.

Lyon had set the early pace in Group I with a 2-1 win over Sparta Prague a fortnight ago.

Israeli champions Kiryat Shmona began their campaign with a creditable 1-1 draw at last season's beaten finalists Athletic Bilbao, and they looked to cause an upset when they took the lead after eight minutes at the Kiryat Eliezer stadium.

Adrian Rochet set up the goal with a neat pass into the area which was drilled low into the net by Abuhatzira.

Lyon's response, however, was swift and emphatic.

Within nine minutes the scores were level thanks to Fofana's powerful 20-yard strike, and five minutes later Les Gones were in front.

Lisandro Lopez was brought down on the edge of the area by Saleh Hasarma and Monzon's subsequent free-kick snuck under the wall and goalkeeper Daniel Amos.

Lyon had found their rhythm now and it was 3-1 after 32 minutes with Reveillere proving accurate with his right foot from 10 yards.

However, Kiryat Shmona were in a no-nonsense mood after the interval and reduced the deficit six minutes into the second half with Levi planting his shot in the top right corner.

It was proving to be an enthralling contest for the crowd and they were brought to their feet once more when the hosts equalised after 66 minutes.

Bakary Kone's challenge in the area on Itkhak Cohen resulted in a penalty, which was hammered home by Abuhatzira for his second of the night.

The Israeli hosts seemed to have done enough for a share of the spoils with that goal, but Lyon inflicted injury-time misery on them when Benzia met a corner from Fofana and stabbed the ball home from close range.

Scoring Summary

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona Lyon
Shimon Abuhazira (8')Gueida Fofana (17')
Lior Levi (51')Luciano Monzón (22')
Shimon Abuhazira (pen 66')Anthony Reveillere (32')
 Gueida Fofana (90')


Hapoel Kiryat Shmona Lyon
13 Daniel AmosRemi Vercoutre
15 Elad Gabai13 Anthony Reveillere
Shir TzedekBakary Kone
20 Lior Levi20 Luciano Monzón
23 Adrian RochetDejan Lovren
17 Saleh HasarmaGueida Fofana
18 Bryan Gerzycich21 Maxime Gonalons
16 Adi ElishaClément Grenier
11 Dan Einbinder31 Rachid Ghezzal
19 Shimon AbuhaziraLisandro López
29 Laszlo Lencse19 Jimmy Briand
45 Itomar NitzanAnthony Lopes 16
81 Dusan MatovicMouhamadou Dabo 14
Itzhak CohenMilan Bisevac 15
22 Darko TasevskiSteed Malbranque 17
Ravid GazalBafetimbi Gomis 18
7 Ahmed AbedAlexandre Lacazette 10
26 Sintayehu SallalichYassine Benzia 25
Itzhak Cohen for Saleh Hasarma (46)
Yassine Benzia for Clément Grenier (54)
Ahmed Abed for Laszlo Lencse (46)
Steed Malbranque for Rachid Ghezzal (63)
Ravid Gazal for Adi Elisha (88)
Yellow Cards
Itzhak Cohen (63)
Bakary Kone (66)
Shimon Abuhazira (58)
Luciano Monzón (76)
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