Gomis strike sinks Betis

Real Betis saw Lyon leapfrog them to the top of Group I with a 1-0 win at Stade Gerland on Thursday, but both teams were able to celebrate a place in the last 32 of the Europa League at the final whistle.

Last Updated: 28/11/13 at 21:13 Post Comment

Bafetimbi Gomis: Celebrates his winner against Real Betis

Bafetimbi Gomis: Celebrates his winner against Real Betis

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis finished off a good move to net the only goal of the game in the 66th minute as Lyon inflicted a first group defeat on Betis and moved into first place.

However, both teams will be involved in the competition again after Christmas with third-placed Vitoria Guimaraes now unable to pip Betis to second spot after being held to a goalless draw at Rijeka.

That was the good news for Betis, but it may do little to ease the pressure on coach Pepe Mel, whose side have had an awful start to their Primera Division campaign and lie bottom of the standings with only nine points from 14 games.

They also suffered a gut-wrenching 4-0 derby mauling at the hands of arch rivals Sevilla at the weekend.

Betis have found Europe a happy distraction from their domestic woes though, and they would have guaranteed themselves a first-placed finish in Group I with a win in France.

Both sides had chances to take the lead during a goalless first half, with Lyon arguably going the closest when Alexandre Lacazette squeezed a shot past Stephan Andersen only for Betis to scramble it off the line.

Betis' best opening of the game came on the hour mark, and really should have seen them take the lead.

Samuel Umtiti's terrible attempted back-pass was intercepted by Chuli but, after nipping the ball away from Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre, he could only fire against the near post with the goal at his mercy.

That proved a costly miss as six minutes later Lyon netted the match-winning goal.

The hosts almost took the lead two minutes previously with a similar move, Andersen denying Lacazette on that occasion, but there was no denying the French side with their next opportunity.

Yoann Gourcuff's one-two with Lacazette ripped open the Betis defence and Gourcuff then rolled the ball across the area for Gomis to tap into a gaping net.

Betis pushed for a late equaliser but Markus Steinhofer saw a shot deflected wide before Chuli's stoppage-time header was tipped over by Vercoutre as Lyon held on for the win.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Thursday, 18 September 2014
20:05
Young Boys 5-0 Slovan  
Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg Report
S Bucuresti 6-0 Aalborg  
Fiorentina 3-0 Guingamp  
Leg Warsaw 1-0 Lokeren  
Lille 1-1 Krasnodar  
Metalist 1-2 Trabzonspor  
Napoli 3-1 Sp Prague  
PAOK S'nika 6-1 Dinamo Minsk  
Rio Ave 0-3 Dynamo Kiev  

Footer 365

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Europa League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Partizan banner

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan fans.

Europa League: Everton open Group H campaign with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Everton opened their Europa League Group H campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

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