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Alexandre Lacazette’s deflected goal gave Lyon a much-needed win in the first leg of their Champions League game with Apoel Nicosia. Apoel, the first Cypriot side to reach the last 16, showed no attacking intent – they did not have a shot until the 88th minute – and looked for much of the match like they might hang on.

But Lacazette scored after 58 minutes to give some relief to Lyon, whose poor domestic form has seen them slip 11 points adrift of the leaders Paris St-Germain.

Lyon had a penalty shout after two minutes ,when Ederson appeared to be eased out of the way by Nuno Morais, but the Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento waved play on.

For all Lyon’s possession they were struggling to create chances and their first real opportunity came after 24 minutes when, following good work from Lisandro López, the ball broke in the area to Anthony Réveillère, whose shot was blocked. López then saw his low shot held by Dionisis Chiotis diving low to his right, before Lacazette cut in from the right but hammered a good chance over the bar.

Five minutes before the interval Lyon had their best effort of the half. Ederson’s slide-rule pass was cut out by Ivan Trickovski but the ball broke to Lacazette, whose shot from the edge of the box was turned over by Chiotis. López then fired over from a narrow angle.

Two minutes after the interval, Michel Bastos produced a lovely pass for Ederson, who rounded the keeper and slid the ball towards goal only for Paulo Jorge to slide in and clear at the very last moment.

Lyon took the lead when Cris played the ball down the left channel for Lacazette, who cut inside and unleashed a shot that deflected off Jorge and looped over Chiotis.

With two minutes remaining Apoel had their first attempt as Gustavo Manduca, on as a late substitute, cut in from the right and fired at goal but Hugo Lloris was alert to the danger and turned the ball over.

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