Remi Garde’s men began their 2013/14 Europa League campaign with an uneventful 0-0 draw against Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
It was all square again in their second away fixture, a 1-1 tie with bottom side Rijeka. An amazing long-distance strike from Andrej Kramaric prevented Lyon from picking up three points after Alassane Plea had previously finished off a corner headed back inside from the far post.
But the Ligue 1 outfit made the step up to victory in their third and final Group I away game, coming back from behind to beat 10-man Guimaraes 2-1 thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis’ spot kick into the roof of the net and Jordan Ferri’s well taken winner from the edge of the area.
After topping the group to reach the Round of 32, it was then the return of the goalless draw in the away leg of their tie with Ukrainians Chornomorets Odesa, Steed Malbranque unable to convert the best chance of the game.
And their first loss of the campaign arrived in the last 16. It finished 2-1 to Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic, though the 4-1 win they had recorded previously meant it was no harm done and they were through to the quarter-finals to face Juventus all the same.