Ligue 1 Daily – Lyon lose as big week for French clubs in Europe begins

Olympique Lyonnais started their Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League campaigns in very differing fashions. Last season’s runner-ups to Marseille didn’t taste victory until their third league game of the season and it was five more games before their added a second. Alternatively, they hit the ground running in Group B of Europe’s premier competition. Wins over Schalke 04, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Benfica saw them jump straight to the top of the group but their win last night against their Portuguese opponents could be the start of a difficult week for French clubs in Europe.

Carlos Martins laid on all four goals for Benfica in Portugal and while the score line of 4-3 implies that it should have been a close and exciting game, in truth, it was totally different. The Liga ZON Sagres champions were four up through before they took the foot off the gas. Alan Kardec opened the scoring with a powerful header and Javi Garc

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