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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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, 23 April 2015
20:05
Dnipro 1-0 Club Brugge  
Fiorentina 2-0 Dynamo Kiev  
Napoli 2-2 Wolfsburg  
Zenit 2-2 Sevilla  
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Club Brugge 0-0 Dnipro  
Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Fiorentina  
Sevilla 2-1 Zenit  
Wolfsburg 1-4 Napoli  
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Ajax 2-1 Dnipro  
Besiktas 1-3 Club Brugge  

Footer 365

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence

Stephen McManus says Motherwell are full of confidence despite being adrift in the Scottish Premiership playoff place.

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Hull 1-3 Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez nets twice to move Arsenal level on points with Man City

Alexis Sanchez scored twice in the first half to help Arsenal coast past Hull with a 3-1 win at the KC Stadium.

Mail Box

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company