Hapoel Tel-Aviv Loses 3-1 To Olympique Lyonnais
Another Champions League loss for Hapoel Tel-Aviv, and another close game for the Reds. Playing arguably the best team in their group, Hapoel fought and scrapped, but was ultimately outclassed by a better Lyon side. Michel Bastos was the difference for the French team as he scored a penalty early on in the game after a Walid Badeer foul on Jimmy Briand. Hapoel threatened on several occassions, but was unable to make anything of their possession early on. Gili Vermouth was a standout player for the reds. Ben Sahar also got a few shots in on goal in the first half, however he barely troubled Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris. In the 36th minute, Michel Bastos scored a wonder goal as Lyon seemingly slammed the door shut on any chance for Hapoel to get points from the game. The second half was different for Hapoel as they came out with more verve and flavor. Itay Shechter thought he scored a goal in the 55th minute, but instead was cautioned correctly by Howard Webb for handling the ball in the penalty area. Dejan Lovren gave Hapoel a gift when he pulled down Douglas Da Silva in the 79th minute inside the 18 yard box, and Vincent Enyeama cooly slotted the penalty to bring Hapoel back into the game. 2-1 Lyon. However a mistake by Hapoel at the end of the game led to a Miralem Pjanic goal and the game ended 3-1 to Lyon. Overall Hapoel didn’t embarrass themselves, but will have to do better if they expect any points from their next group games.