Olympique duo claim UEL wins

UEFA Europa League

Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille both recorded UEFA Europa League wins on Thursday but OGC Nice were beaten despite a goal from Mario Balotelli.

Thursday, 19 October, 2017

UEFA Europa League, Matchday 3

Everton FC 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
After successive draws, OL headed to Goodison Park seeking a first win to boost their Group E challenge. When Marçal was brought down inside the Everton penalty area, Nabil Fekir drilled the spot-kick low past Jordan Pickford to give Bruno Genesio's side the ideal start (6').

Anthony Lopes denied Kevin Mirallas (32') before Fekir saw a free-kick ricochet off the head of Tom Davies and strike the woodwork with Pickford stranded (36'). Lopes saved from Davy Klaassen (39') and Ademola Lookman (46') before Ashley Williams powered in a header to level (69').

Lyon, however, regrouped, and when substitute Maxwel Cornet surged down the right, his low cross was brilliantly flicked in by Bertrand Traoré (75'). Jordan Ferri (83') and Cornet (90+2') might have added a third for OL but for Pickford; Dominic Calvert-Lewin would have had an equaliser but for Lopes (84' & 87') in a frantic finish.

Olympique de Marseille 2-1 Vitoria SC
Marseille warmed up for Sunday's Classique with a win at the Stade Orange Vélodrome, but had to come from behind to do it after Denis Martins had glanced a 17th-minute cross beyond Steve Mandanda.

Suspended for last weekend's 3-3 draw in Strasbourg, Lucas Ocampos made a spectacular return to the side, acrobatically volleying in the equaliser just before the half-hour mark (28').

The Argentine forward was also involved as OM won their fourth European home game of the campaign, teeing up Maxime Lopez - the homegrown midfielder smashed a shot high into the net from just inside the box to keep OM second in Group I.

OGC Nice 1-3 S.S. Lazio
The hosts could not have asked for a better start with Mario Balotelli putting them ahead just four minutes in, but a lapse in concentration from Dante allowed Felipe Caicedo to sneak in between the Nice captain and goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale to poke in an equaliser less than 60 seconds later (5').

The former Manchester City striker then teed up Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (65') to put the Italian visitors in front with a crisp, well-placed sidefoot finish. The Serbian midfielder then headed home at the near post from a corner (89') as Nice pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Lucien Favre's men are second in the section, three points behind their opponents and five clear of their Group K rivals.

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