Grasshoppers keeper has faith

Grasshoppers goalkeeper Roman Burki believes his side are on "a level playing field" with French club Lyon ahead of Tuesday night's decisive Champions League third qualifying round match.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 15:56 Post Comment

Milan Bisevac: Scored to give Lyon a 1-0 lead against Grasshoppers

Milan Bisevac: Scored to give Lyon a 1-0 lead against Grasshoppers

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Swiss outfit were unlucky to leave the Stade Gerland on the back of a 1-0 first-leg defeat as a resolute defensive display - in front of an in-form Burki - was undone by Milan Bisevac's second-half header.

However, 22-year-old Burki feels Grasshoppers are well-placed to overturn the slender deficit in Zurich.

He told UEFA.com: "We hit the woodwork twice and had other big chances. We couldn't have done much more and can be happy with our performance.

"We're on a level playing field with Lyon and there is a real possibility for us to progress in the second leg."

Despite a fierce domestic rivalry between the two clubs in the Swiss Super League, Burki is happy to use the good example set by champions Basle, who reached the last four of the Europa League last season.

"Basle made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League and have beaten Manchester United when nobody gave them a chance," Burki added. "We want to make the impossible possible."

Basle, meanwhile, take their own 1-0 lead to Maccabi Tel-Aviv thanks to Valentin Stocker's first-leg goal.

Fenerbahce started the summer with a two-year suspension from European competition for alleged involvement in match-fixing but, after the ban was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Istanbul giants claimed a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Salzburg to gain a slight advantage over their Austrian opponents.

Roger Schmidt's Salzburg now have to score at the Sukru Saracoglu to stand any chance of reaching the play-off round, where clubs including AC Milan, Arsenal and Schalke await.

Partizan Belgrade coach Vuk Rasovic hopes his players can stamp out their recent indiscipline to overcome a 2-1 deficit and progress beyond Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

The Serbian club lost Vladimir Voltov to a red card while squeezing past Shirak in the second round and Milos Jojic will miss tomorrow's game after receiving his marching orders in Razgrad last week.

"Our players lack experience and that might be some explanation for their behaviour on the pitch and the number of cards, yellow and red, they have received," Rasovic told UEFA.com.

"Both red cards have come for second bookable offences - for fouls which are not that serious but which you have to avoid at this level. We have to learn and I hope those mistakes will not be repeated."

Elsewhere, Kazakh champions Shakhtyor Karagandy take a dominant 3-0 lead to Skenderbeu of Albania while Steaua Bucharest look to preserve a 2-0 advantage when Georgia's Dinamo Tbilisi arrive in the Romanian capital.

Apoel Nicosia must score in Portugal to progress after Maribor claimed a 1-1 draw in Cyprus.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez impresses Arsenal team-mates and opponents alike

Alexis Sanchez earned the plaudits after scoring both goals in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland.

Premier League: Swansea defeat Leicester 2-0 thanks to a Wilfried Bony brace

Wilfried Bony's brace helped Swansea seal their first win in six Premier League games with a 2-0 win against Leicester.

La Liga: Real Madrid come from behind to beat arch-rivals Barcelona

Real Madrid staged a stunning El Clasico fightback to overcome arch-rivals Barcelona 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property