Europa League: Lyon remain unbeaten after 0-0 draw at Chornomorets
Last Updated: 20/02/14 8:40pm
Steed Malbranque: Went close to breaking deadlock for Lyon
Lyon remain unbeaten in the Europa League this season after a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last-32 clash at Chornomorets.
In a game of very few chances, Steed Malbranque and Gael Danic came closest to opening the scoring.
Chornomorets were impressive, however, and could even have snatched a precious win when Kirill Kovalchuk narrowly missed the target from 20 yards.
Remi Garde's Lyon team went into the game with eight wins from their last 10 matches and will be frustrated not to have scored against a side who have not played in the Ukrainian league since the beginning of December.
Lyon's starting line-up had only managed 65 starts in the French league between them so far this season, with their Serbian captain, Milan Bisevac, the only first-team regular.
A crowd of 26,250 were at the Chernomorets Stadium and they witnessed a quiet first-half.
Chornomorets enjoyed a lot of possession in the opposing half but they were unable to test Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre.
It was Lyon who had the best chance in the opening half, though, when in the 28th minute Malbranque forced Yevhen Past in the Chornomorets goal into a splendid save with a powerful shot from 12 yards.
The French side started the second-half brightly and Malbranque tried to curl a chance in from the edge of the area, only for Past to calmly collect the ball.
Roman Grygorchuk's side responded quickly, with Kovalchuk and Anderson Mineiro both going close.
Lyon's Danic was the best player on the pitch but, despite having three good chances, he was unable to break the deadlock.
Thu 20th Feb - Round of 32
A Mak'kala0 - 0Genk
Dynamo Kiev0 - 2Valencia
PAOK S'nika0 - 1Benfica
C'morets0 - 0Lyon
S Liberec0 - 1AZ Alkmaar
Dnipro1 - 0Tottenham
Juventus2 - 0Trabzonspor
Esbjerg1 - 3Fiorentina
Ajax0 - 3Salzburg
FC Porto2 - 2Frankfurt
Mac Tel Avi0 - 0Basel
Maribor2 - 2Sevilla
Plzen1 - 1Shak Donetsk
Real Betis1 - 1Rubin
Lazio0 - 1Ludogorets
Swansea0 - 0Napoli
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Europa League Group D
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Europa League Group F
|2||Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||11|
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Europa League Group I
|3||Vitoria de Guimaraes||6||5|
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Europa League Group K
|3||Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol)||6||6|
Europa League Group L
|3||Maccabi Haifa (Isr)||6||5|
Europa League round of 32 2014
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- Fiorentina draw to progress
- Monk proud after Swansea exit
- Lyon knock out Chornomorets
- Anzhi too strong for Genk
- Valencia edge past Dynamo Kiev
- Benfica pick off 10-man PAOK
- Juventus topple Trabzonspor
- Stunning Spurs oust Dnipro
- Sevilla survive Maribor scare
- Sevilla, Betis set up derby
- Lazio dumped by out Ludogorets
- Porto prevail in Frankfurt
- Basel ease past Maccabi
- Solid Salzburg sail past Ajax
- Spirited Swansea bow to Napoli
- Betis ease to Rubin victory
- Defoe ruled out of Dnipro tie
- Monk salutes Swansea display
- Frankfurt draw with Porto
- Shakhtar held at Plzen
- Yann the man for brave Basle
- Rubin hit back to stun Betis
- Maribor stay in Sevilla tie
- Ajax shocked by super Salzburg
- Superb Swansea hold Napoli
- Sherwood: Pitch was a disgrace
- Valencia too strong for Kiev