Lyon Draw Again, As Europa League Hots Up

Lyon are still looking for their first win in the UEFA Europa League this season after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Vitoria Guimaraes at Stade Gerland.

The French giants were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the play-off stage by Real Sociedad but claimed a creditable draw against fellow Spaniards Real Betis in their first Group I match.

They would have expected three points on the night, but were perhaps grateful for one as Maxime Gonalons levelled for the hosts after half-time following a 39th-minute opener from Moussa Maazou, who was sent off in the closing stages.

Elsewhere in the group, Rijeka, who were beaten 4-0 in their opener at Guimaraes, drew 1-1 with Real Betis. The Croatian side took a surprise tenth-minute lead through Leon Benko although Cedrick Mabwati levelled proceedings almost immediately to ensure both sides claimed a point.

First-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli gave Tottenham Hotspur a comfortable 2-0 win in near-freezing conditions against Anzhi Makhachkala. Tromso were denied a winning start under Steinar Nilsen as a late Ricardinho strike saw them held to a 1-1 home draw by ten-man FC Sheriff.

The Norwegian hosts, overseen by Nilsen following the sacking of Agnar Christensen on Tuesday, went in front through Zdenek Ondrasek and while Sheriff suffered a further setback when Melli was sent off, the Moldovan side managed to snatch a point thanks to Ricardinho’s volley.

Valencia continued their upturn in form following a slow start to the season by easing to a 2-0 victory over Kuban Krasnodar. Goals by Paco Alcacer and Sofiane Feghouli saw Miroslav Djukic’s troops get on track in Group A following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea on matchday one.

Second-half substitute Sergio Floccari scored two late goals to hand Lazio a valuable point at Trabzonspor in Group J. Goals from Yusuf Erdogan and Adrian Mierzejewski gave the hosts a 2-0 lead midway through the first half and after Ogenyi Onazi reduced the deficit for Lazio, Trabzonspor struck again before half-time through Paulo Henrique before Floccari rescued the Italian side.

Gaston Sangoy made up for a first-half penalty miss by scoring the winner just before the hour as Apollon Limassol edged to a 1-0 win at Legia Warsaw.


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