Lyon, Besiktas to be banned from European competition if violent scenes repeated

Lyon, Besiktas to be banned from European competition if violent scenes repeated

Lyon held a slender one-goal advantage heading into the second leg after securing a 2-1 victory in an opening fixture which was marred by crowd disturbances. However, Talisca grabbed his goal in the 58th minute, which ultimately sent the tie extra time and penalties.

Lyon beat Besiktas 7-6 on penalties to progress to the Europa League semi-finals after the two sides could not be separated across two legs and 210 minutes.

Ajax reached their first European semi-final in 20 years after beating Schalke 4-3 on aggregate in the Europa League after extra-time.

Schalke's defeat, following Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's elimination from the Champions League this week, meant that there were no German semi-finalists in either of the European competitions for the first time since 2004/05. "This exclusion is deferred for a probationary period of two years".

Two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from Leon Goretzka (53') and Guido Burgstaller (56') dragged the Royal Blues right back into the tie, and they were handed a massive boost when Veltman received his marching orders in the 80th minute.

Lopes could do little about Talisca's powerful header from Adriano's cross two minutes later, though, the home fans sent into raptures once more. "I'm speechless really", said Caligiuri.

Last Thursday's match at Parc Olympique Lyonnais was delayed by 45 minutes due to fans from the lower tier entering the field after objects were thrown at them from within the group of travelling supporters in the tier above.

Matching each other penalty for penalty until number six, Dusko Tosic saw his effort saved by Lyon's Anthony Lopes but Christophe Jallet skied over the crossbar for Lyon.

It was the French outfit who held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out to secure their spot in the final four.

"It shows how biased a decision UEFA has made by putting us on an equal level with Lyon over incidents we were not responsible for", Besiktas's Albayrak said.

It was Lacazette's 29th goal of the season, and moments later it looked as though he had taken his tally to 30, only for his sumptuous curling effort to rebound off the woodwork.

In Belgium, Pione Sisto's solo goal sealed Celta Vigo's place alongside United and Ajax after they edged out Genk.

Leandro Trossard levelled just four minutes later but it was not enough to dent the Spaniards' charge to the last four.

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