Olympique Lyon sail to CL knockout round

Olympique Lyon drew 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk to ensure qualification into the round of 16 of the champions league.

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Houssem Aouar speaking to RMC Sport after the game said

It was hard, under rather special conditions. Once again, we got scared. It’s a shame not to have known how to kill the match in the first half. But the essential is there: it is the qualification. I think we played well in the first, he missed only the last move. We had a shot behind the head after their goal on their only occasion but now, the bottom line is that we qualified. “

Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio said when asked about gaining qualification:

Especially satisfaction and joy at first. Then relief in a second. As you can imagine, the end of the match was difficult to live. So there is a mixture of these two feelings. There is also a lot of pride in seeing the team behave as it behaved tonight.

On Nabil Fekir and missing the first leg of the round of 16
I would not say it is tarnished but rather mitigated because it will, unfortunately, he will miss us for our next European match. But I am very, very happy for him and for the team that he realized this performance and in particular this opportunity which allows to obtain the draw and the qualification. It is deserved. Nabil has suffered in silence from some critics, he has done the round back and showed that I could count on him, that I had done well to have trusted him. For him, the team and me, it’s a very good moment of joy and sharing.

On what was said after the first half

 I asked to correct what was bothering us defensively with the positions of Ismaily and Taison on this left side. Offensively, I simply asked my players to be more selfless and efficient because I think we should have come home at half-time with one or two goals in advance. But I told them to keep playing because we came for that. While insisting on the altruism they had to show. Even if I do not think it’s voluntary. This is mainly due to a lack of lucidity. 

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