Despite a dominant first-half performance, Saint-Etienne lost out 1-0 away to a feisty Kardemir Karabükspor and are now obliged to win convincingly in next week's return leg to secure a Europa League group-stage berth.
Despite his disappointment at Wednesday's 1-0 first-leg play-off loss to Porto, Lille boss René Girard believes that there is no 'gulf in class' between the sides and that his side are still in with a chance in the return leg.
LOSC Lille take a one-goal deficit into the return leg of their play-off against Porto after the Portuguese side claimed a 1-0 win in Lille - thanks to Hector Herrera's lone strike (61') - on Wednesday night.
Hubert Fournier admitted Olympique Lyonnais were "laborious" as they got past Czech side FK Mladá Boleslav to reach the Europa League play-offs in the new coach's first competitive match in charge at the Stade de Gerland on Thursday.
Lyon have booked their place in the Europa League final play-off round, beating Czech side FK Mladá Boleslav 2-1 for a 6-2 aggregate win. Alexandre Lacazette (58') and Clinton N'Jie (89') got the goals for OL.
Olympique Lyonnais coach Hubert Fournier saw his side's 4-1 win over Mlada Boleslav as the perfect coda to their pre-season preparations, and is confident his men can clinch a play-offs berth in the return leg next Thursday.