The French haven’t lost in their six group stage matches, they have the competition’s top scorer and most productive attack, and they’ve never beaten Les Bleus et Blancs in Europe.
Coming from the head of group A of the Europa League, having been, as such, one of the seeded players in the draw for the round of 16, Olympique Lyonnais, emblem of the French Ligue 1 and next opponent of the FC Porto in the competition, is the best attack among the clubs having started the competition: 16 goals scored in 540 minutes.
The whites and blues will face a team, ranked eighth in France, which does not know the taste of defeat in the Europa League. The impeccable course in Group A (facing Rangers (Scotland), Sparta Prague (Czeki) and Brondby (Denmark), with five wins and a draw, earned him the qualification of leader.
With a small international record, Lyon, currently ranked 22nd in the UEFA rankings, therefore aims to win the first UEFA Cup / Europa League in its history, with a workforce with a few renowned players, including the top scorer, tied. with Galeno, competition.
In the group of Dutchman Peter Bosz, in charge since the start of the season, stand out goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, defenders Palmieri, Dubois and Jérôme Boateng, midfielders Aouar, Paquetá, Thiago Mendes, Ndombele and forwards Ekambi, top scorer in the Europa League. (six goals), and Moussa Dembélé.
Lyon, winner of seven championships and five French Cups, is an opponent of good memory for FC Porto. The clash drawn in the “8th” of the Europa League will be the fourth match between the two in European competitions, with an advantage for the blues and whites.
The last duel dates back to 2003/04, when the whites and the blues eliminated, on an aggregate score of 4-2, the French in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, a competition which they would even win, in Gelsenkirchen . . The other challenges are related to the Cup of Cups 64/65 (two dragon wins).
The next matches between FC Porto and Lyon (valued respectively at 222.3 and 316.05 million euros) are scheduled for March 9 (5:45 p.m.), at the Estádio do Dragão, and March 17 (time to be defined), at Groupama Stadium.