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UEFA Champions League

  • 27 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade de Gerland, Lyon
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 34432

Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb Preview: Real Madrid's group rivals looking for first win in this season's Champions League

Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb Preview: Real Madrid's group rivals looking for first win in this season's Champions League


The Ligue 1 giants continue their continental campaign with a first ever meeting against the Croatians on Tuesday night



O. Lyon

        Revelliere, Kone, Lovren, Cissokho
                  Gonalons, Kallstrom
                 Briand, Grenier, Bastos

Dinamo Zagreb


Leko, Vida,Tonel, Ibanez
Tomecek, Badelj, Calello, Kovacic
Lyon have a number of continuing injury issues ahead of Tuesday's showdown with Dinamo Zagreb. Yoann Gourcuff and Lisandro Lopez are still some way short of a first-team return along with Cris, Ederson and Yannis Tafer, who have all missed games this season. 

Kim Kallstrom had a slight issue with an ankle problem but should take his place alongside Maxime Gonalons in the heart of midfield.

Dinamo Zagreb are expected to field more or less the same XO that narrowly lost 1-0 to Real Madrid with Sime Vrsaljko continuing to serve a suspension. Josip Simunic returns to the side after missing matchday one.

  • Lyon drew 0-0 with Ajax in their opening group game of this season's Champions League.
  • Since their clash with the Dutch champions, the French side have beaten rivals Marseille and Bordeaux in Ligue 1, whilst also losing 1-0 to Caen.
  • Lyon's Dejan Lovren played for Dinamo's youth team before joining the French giants in 2010.
  • Remi Garde's men have drawn their last two Champions League encounters.
  • Dinamo Zagreb were beaten 1-0 by Spanish giants and last year's semi-finalists Real Madrid on matchday one.
  • Since that encounter two weeks ago, Krunoslav Jurcic's men have won all three league games, scoring 14 goals in the process.
  • The Croatians are top of their domestic league, with 25 points from a possible 27.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides.


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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Dejan LovrenDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
20Aly CissokhoDefender
6Kim KällströmMidfielder
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
9Michel BastosMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
19Jimmy BriandStriker
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
5John MensahDefender
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
34Jérémy PiedStriker
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
9Ishak BelfodilStriker
30Ivan KelavaGoalkeeper
3Luis IbáñezDefender
17Domagoj VidaDefender
14Adrián CalelloMidfielder
7Jerko LekoMidfielder
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
14Milan BadeljMidfielder
13Nikola PokrivacMidfielder
21Fatos BecirajStriker
-Filip LoncaricGoalkeeper
17Leandro Damián CufréDefender
4Josip SimunicDefender
11Ivan TomecakMidfielder
77P. MoralesMidfielder
-Mario ŠitumStriker
55Ante RukavinaStriker
Players to Watch
Maxime Gonalons
Maxime Gonalons
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young French midfielder has been catching the eye with some impressive performances over the last few weeks or so. The midfielder, in the side because of the injury to Yoann Gourcuff and others, has gelled well, cementing his position and sticking to his tasks. Gonalons' performances have even lead to talk of a national team call-up. He'll need to be on point again to please Laurent Blanc.
Josip Simunic
Josip Simunic
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
The Croatian international is one of the most experienced in the Dinamo side, and should be leading from example if they side are to claim an unlikely point, or more, on Tuesday. A rock in defence, he'll have to be aware of the imposing threat of Bafetimbi Gomis.
Remi Garde's men have been impressive recently on the domestic scene, with limited resources, and with the absence of Lisandro, they still seem to be finding goals. Should be a comfortable win for the European veterans against Dinamo Zagreb.
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