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      01.04.2014 16:40 - in: Europa League S

      Lyon’s Europa League home form

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      Remi Garde’s side are unbeaten at the Stade de Gerland in this year’s competition ahead of hosting Juventus in Thursday’s quarter-final first leg

      None of Lyon’s five challengers in the Europa League so far this season have managed to overcome them at their home ground: the Stade de Gerland.

      The only team who nearly caused the French side an upset on their journey to Thursday’s quarter-final meeting with Juventus were Guimaraes.

      The Portuguese outfit’s pluckiness meant that it was the very first game Remi Garde’s men played in front of their own public which proved the most problematic. It finished 1-1 in France, with captain Maxime Gonalons coming to the rescue to secure a point after they went behind in the first half.

      Nor were their other two home fixtures in Group I particularly high scoring – a 1-0 win over Rijeka and another over Betis to finish - but Lyon still topped the group with 12 points nonetheless.

      Up until this point, all of the team’s goals at home had come in second halves, and it was no different against Chornomorets Odesa in the Round of 32.

      After a goalless away draw, a second-half strike from Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon’s top marksman in the league – was enough to send them through to the last 16.

      There, a 4-1 home win against Viktoria Plzen meant they secured a quarter-final spot despite subsequently losing 2-1 in the away leg. Two Gueida Fofana goals either side of efforts from Lacazette and Arnold Mvuemba saw Lyon double their overall home Europa League strike tally in a prolific 90 minutes. 

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