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Lyon looking for second win

Thursday 12th December 2019

12:54 pm (GMT)

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Lyon looking for second win

Lyon’s Carl Fearns

Lyon will be looking to win their second Heineken Champions Cup game on Saturday when they travel to take on Benetton Rugby in Pool 1.

They won only their first match in Europe’s elite club competition last week, seeing off the Italian side with a 28-0 win at home.

Key facts

  • Benetton and Lyon met for the first time in Round 3 with the TOP 14 side registering a 28-0 victory – their first win in the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • Benetton have lost 34 of their last 36 Heineken Champions Cup games, with their only victories in that time coming against Ospreys in 2012/13 and in 2014/15.
  • Lyon have lost their last nine away games in the Challenge Cup (L5) and Heineken Champions Cup (L4) combined.
  • Lyon are aiming to win back-to-back European fixtures in the same campaign for the first time since 2014/15.
  • Benetton have had three yellow cards to date this season, and only Northampton Saints (3) have as many.
  • Only Gloucester (40) have conceded more penalties than Lyon (39) in the tournament this season.

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Lazzaroni’s late try gives Benetton dramatic first win in Pool 1

Saturday 14th December 2019

3:15 pm (GMT)

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Lazzaroni’s late try gives Benetton dramatic first win in Pool 1

Benetton goalkicker Ian Keatley and late try hero Marco Lazzaroni ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Benetton snatched their first win in Pool 1 of the Heineken Champions Cup after Marco Lazzaroni’s dramatic try edged them to a thrilling 25-22 win over Lyon in Treviso.

Lyon were moving towards their second victory in this season’s competition as they led 22-18 after a see-saw struggle but replacement Lazzaroni proved to be the unlikely hero as he finished off a neat move to score under the posts and Antonio Rizzi’s conversion eight minutes from time proved decisive.

Winless Benetton had made a near perfect start as they notched two tries in the opening 14 minutes to build up a 12-0 lead.

Winger Leonard Sato went over first after a smart inside ball from Denaldt Duvenage before Australian winger Monty Ioane supported a break from Luca Morisi to sprint over and Ian Keatley converted.

Lyon finally got into gear and were ahead by half-time as first flanker Liam Kill plunged over from a driving maul and six minutes later former All Black centre Rudi Wulf showed his power to cross with fly-half Patricio Fernandez adding both conversions.

Lyon centre Pierre-Louis Barassi looked to have settled it 15 minutes from time when he powered over wideout and the conversion give them a four-point buffer but the battling Italian outfit were not to be denied.

Benetton travel to Northampton next on Sunday, January 12 while Lyon visit Leinster on the same day.

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