Featured Matches
Previous
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
4:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Legia Warsaw
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Omonia Nicosia
3:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Metalist Kharkiv
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rapid Vienna
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
Twente Enschede
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
4:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
St Etienne
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
Rio Ave
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CD Nacional de Madeira
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Dinamo Zagreb
5:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Debrecen
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
Lokomotiv Moscow
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Feyenoord Rotterdam
5:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Rostov
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Panathinaikos
FC Midtjylland
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
Sparta Prague
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Zimbru Chisinau
PAOK Salonika
6:05 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Spartak Trnava
FC Zürich
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Partizan Belgrade
Neftchi Baku PFC
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers Zürich
Club Brugge
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Asteras Tripolis
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
Torino
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Rijeka
Sheriff Tiraspol
7:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sassuolo
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Espana
Municipal
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Belmopan Bandits
Metapan
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Inti Gas Deportes
Caracas F.C.
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Danubio F.C.
8:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Barcelona
Alianza Lima
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trujillanos
Independiente del Valle
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Millonarios
César Vallejo
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Universidad Católica
River Plate
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Goiás EC
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Gremio
ESPN3 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Apr 18, 2013

Lisandro: We must stop making excuses

Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez has admitted that he and his team-mates need to do more to turn around their ailing form as the seven-time champions struggle to hold on to a top-three berth in Ligue 1.

Lisandro, 30, remained at the Stade de Gerland despite January interest from Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, and he was not the only Lyon player to come close to leaving the club as president Jean-Michel Aulas tries to reduce a suffocating wage bill.

Lyon's form has been poor since the turn of the year, culminating in a sequence of three successive defeats - their worst run in two decades - before last weekend's 3-1 home win against Toulouse.

However, OL's performance in that game was still some way short of their best, and the Argentine told the media on Wednesday ahead of Friday's match at Montpellier that the team cannot continue to look for excuses.

"The squad was maybe destabilised during the transfer window, but that lasts for a month and after you have to be at 100%," he was quoted as saying by sports daily L'Equipe. "The players are looking for too many excuses to explain the crisis. We have not made enough of an effort or had the right attitude, and that makes it harder to get out of a difficult situation."

Lisandro has endured his hardest season on a personal level since arriving in France in 2009, with just nine league goals so far. However, he blames having to play most of his games in a wide position rather than a central striking role for his relatively low goal-scoring return.

"I'd like to score more goals but my position this season is more defensive," he said.

He also refused to be drawn on his future at the club beyond the summer.

"I have a year left on my contract. We will look at my situation at the end of this season," he said, although the club need to qualify for the Champions League if they are to stand any chance of keeping their leading players or strengthening the squad.

Meanwhile, forward Alexandre Lacazette, scorer of three league goals this season, has confirmed via Twitter that he will be unavailable for "around three weeks" with a hamstring injury suffered against Toulouse last weekend.

"If he is out that long, it would not be good news for us," coach Remi Garde said. "His individual stats don't reveal all that he brings to the team. He is an important player for us."

Third-placed Lyon are two points clear of Saint-Etienne and Nice before travelling to reigning champions Montpellier, the first game of a tough-looking run-in.

They must play Saint-Etienne at home in the Rhone derby, entertain Paris Saint-Germain and go to Nice in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.