UEFA Europa League
Round of 16, First-leg
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France
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FT: The result means that Roma will need to score two goals at the Stadio Olimpico in order to level the aggregate score. The Giallorossi’s two away goals may be crucial should they progress into the next round, but they will also need to prevent Lyon from scoring. Lyon just need to prevent the Italian side from scoring two goals which will be a difficult task, so it is important for the French side to find the net too.
FT: The scoreline seems harsh on Roma, who created a number of good chances in the second-half after spurning their lead. First Strootman forced Lopes into a fine save before Džeko had an effort blocked after Gonalons lost possession. Peres then cut-inside but his effort was tame and Lopes made an easy stop before a tame header from Džeko produced a straightforward save from Lopes. Emerson then went close but his powerful effort only stung the palms of Lopes, who gathered the ball at the second-attempt.
FT: The hosts did well to come from behind and created a number of good chances. Tolisso fired home from their first opportunity in the second-half before Ghezzal and Gonalons produced good saves from Alisson. Lacazette and Valbuena then went close with fine efforts but Alisson made fine saves yet again. Substitute Fekir then fired the ball home after a fine run before Lacazette tested Alisson at his near-post. Tolisso then fired an effort just wide before Fekir was denied by a good save from Alisson. That was before Lacazette wonderfully fired home into the top-corner.
FT: So Lyon come from behind to take a 4-2 first-leg lead.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first-leg to an end.
90’+3′ Final Roma change sees Stephan El Shaarawy replace Džeko.
90’+3′ Goal!! Valbuena finds Lacazette, who drills a terrific strike into the top-corner past a helpless Alisson.
90’+1′ Close!! Fekir surges forward, beating Manolas before firing an effort that Alisson palms away.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Close!! Emerson fires a powerful effort that stings the palms of Lopes.
87′ Close!! Lyon work the ball well before Tolisso fires an effort just wide from-range.
87′ The delivery evades everyone before Lyon are forced to play the ball back.
86′ Valbuena’s freekick hits the wall and goes behind for a corner.
85′ Manolas is penalised for a foul on Lacazette, who wins a freekick in a good position. Manolas is fortunate to escape a second yellow card.
84′ Second Roma change sees Nainggolan replaced by Diego Perotti.
82′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the hosts.
81′ First Roma change sees De Rossi replaced by Leandro Paredes.
81′ Tousart concedes a corner.
80′ Chance!! A first-time Strootman cross finds Džeko, who cannot get high enough to generate enough power and Lopes makes a straightforward save from under his own bar.
80′ Close!! Lacazette fires an effort through a crowd but Alisson makes a good stop at his near-post.
78′ Lacazette wins a freekick after a foul from Peres.
77′ Close!! Peres cuts-inside before curling an effort that Lopes saves well.
74′ Final Lyon change sees Ghezzal replaced by Maxwel Cornet.
73′ Goal!! Fekir dribbles past three players before cutting-inside to curl the ball home into the bottom-corner past Alisson.
70′ Second Lyon change sees Nabil Fekir replace Mammana.
69′ The delivery is cleared to Tousart, who fires the ball harmlessly wide on the volley.
69′ Close!! The corner isn’t properly cleared and Valbuena eventually receives the ball before firing a deflected effort that Alisson is forced to tip over the bar.
68′ Close!! Lacazette turns his man before firing a powerful effort that Alisson is forced to palm behind.
68′ Valbuena’s delivery is met by Gonalons, who heads the ball harmlessly wide from a tight-angle.
67′ Fazio concedes a corner.
65′ Manolas is booked for a late challenge on Valbuena.
64′ Close!! Gonalons fires a deflected effort at goal that forces Alisson into a fine save with the keeper palming the ball away.
62′ Chance!! Ghezzal shifts the ball onto his left foot before curling an effort from-range that Alisson saves with ease.
61′ Tousart is booked for a cynical foul on Salah.
61′ The delivery is cleared.
60′ The delivery is cleared behind by Strootman.
60′ Fazio concedes a corner.
56′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.
56′ The delivery is cleared by the visitors.
55′ Ghezzal wins a corner.
53′ The corner is cleared.
52′ Chance!! A loose pass from Gonalons is seized upon by Džeko but his effort is blocked behind.
51′ The freekick is eventually cleared.
51′ Tolisso is penalised for a foul on De Rossi.
49′ Chance!! Roma break with Nainggolan, who finds Salah, who tees up Strootman, whose strike produces a fine save from Lopes, who palms the effort away.
47′ Goal!! Lacazette exchanges two passes with Tolisso, who fires home past Alisson.
45′ Lyon get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Lyon make their first change with Christophe Jallet replacing Rafael.
HT: So will Lyon come back in the first-leg or will Roma add to their tally to take back to the Stadio Olimpico? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Roma have the advantage with two away-goals and will be happy with the lead although they may want to add to their first-leg tally to take back to the Italian capital. Lyon will want to take something to Roma and will need to at least level the scores in the first-leg if they are to stand a chance.
HT: The hosts have got into some promising positions but have lacked the cutting-edge in the final third. Their defending has been poor in truth with Diakhaby gifting the visitors the leveller before Roma took the lead after lacklustre defending from a corner. Roma have looked nervous from set-pieces themselves, conceding early after Diakhaby headed home following a freekick. They have also failed to clear their lines on a number of occasions to invite more Lyon pressure. However the visitors have been clinical on the break and are possibly unfortunate to not be further ahead with a number of good chances spurned.
HT: Lyon created a number of good chances and will be disappointed to trail at the break having surrendered their lead. The hosts opened the scoring with their first attempt with Diakhaby heading home following a freekick before his error led to Roma’s equaliser after Valbuena had an effort blocked. Gonalons then went close from-range but Alisson made an easy save before Valbuena’s freekick produced a routine-save from Alisson.
HT: The visitors started well and created a number of good chances before falling behind, before eventually taking the lead. First Nainggolan forced Lopes into a fine save before Salah fired the ball over the bar. Džeko then headed a Salah cross over the bar after Lyon took the lead before Salah pounced on an error from Diakhaby to level the scores. Strootman then spurned a great chance when played through on-goal as he delayed his strike allowing Lyon to charge the ball behind. Fazio then headed home a fine De Rossi cross following a corner.
HT: So Roma lead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ Close!! Valbuena curls the freekick over the wall but Alisson makes a comfortable save.
43′ Ghezzal wins a freekick in a good position.
42′ Close!! Gonalons fires an effort from-range that Alisson saves with ease.
41′ The freekick is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
40′ Emerson is penalised for a foul on Rafael, who wins a freekick in a good position. Emerson is booked for the challenge.
37′ The delivery is cleared by Manolas.
36′ Rafael fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.
36′ The delivery is cleared.
35′ Rafael wins a corner.
32′ Goal!! The initial corner is cleared before De Rossi’s teasing delivery is headed home by Fazio, whose header is too powerful for Lopes.
31′ The corner is pulled back to Nainggolan, whose effort is blocked before Gonalons concedes a corner.
30′ Chance!! Salah finds Strootman, who has just Lopes to beat but he delays his strike and the effort is blocked behind.
30′ De Rossi’s delivery is overhit and Lopes claims the ball.
29′ Rafael has to leave the field in order to get the all-clear.
29′ Slight delay in the match as Rafael is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
28′ Emerson wins a freekick in a good position.
25′ Ghezzal’s freekick hits the wall before he finds Tousart, who fires the ball over the bar from close-range despite the flag being up for offside.
24′ Ghezzal wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Strootman.
23′ Salah looks to have played Džeko through on-goal but the Bosnian is just offside.
21′ The freekick comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.
20′ Ghezzal wins a freekick after a foul from Emerson.
20′ Goal!! Diakhaby loses his footing to allow Salah through on-goal and the winger surges forward before slotting the ball home through the legs of Lopes.
14′ Chance!! Salah sends in a teasing delivery that Džeko meets with a header, but his effort on the stretch lands over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
13′ A teasing delivery from Peres is saved well by Lopes.
12′ Gonalons wins a freekick after a foul from Strootman.
11′ Chance!! Lacazette manages to get to the by-line and pull the ball back to Valbuena, but his effort is blocked well by Jesus.
10′ Strootman is penalised for a foul.
8′ Goal!! Valbuena’s delivery is flicked-on by Rafael into the path of Diakhaby, who heads home at the back-post.
7′ Fazio is penalised for a foul on Lacazette.
6′ Chance!! Džeko cuts-inside before finding Salah, who fires the ball over the bar despite Strootman being better placed.
5′ Strootman wins a freekick.
4′ Chance!! Nainggolan fires an effort from-range that Lopes palms away before Emerson’s teasing delivery into the path of Salah comes to nothing as the Egyptian is penalised for handball.
2′ Ghezzal wins a freekick after a foul from De Rossi.
1′ Džeko is penalised for handball.
0′ Emerson wins a freekick after a foul from Ghezzal.
0′ Roma get the game underway.
Olympique Lyonnais: Anthony Lopes (GK), Jérémy Morel, Mouctar Diakhaby, Emanuel Mammana, Rafael, Lucas Tousart, Maxime Gonalons, Corentin Tolisso, Mathieu Valbuena, Alexandre Lacazette, Rachid Ghezzal
A.S. Roma: Alisson (GK), Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Bruno Peres, Mohamed Salah, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Džeko