French club Lyon tonight shaded Cypriots APOEL Nicosia in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie.
Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal as Remi Gardeâ€™s Lyon outfit edged a APOEL outfit playing in their first ever knockout stage fixture of the competition.
Two minutes prior to the hour-mark, Lyon took the lead when Brazilian defender Cris played in Lacazette on the side flank with the Frenchman cutting inside to unleash a shot which took a deflection off Paulo Jorge and found its way over APOEL keeper Dionisis Chiotis.
Lyon had a total of 18 goal attempts from their 64% of possession â€“ opposed to APOELwho mustered just one shot on goal which came in the final few minutes â€“ but could only breach the determined Nicosia defence on one occasion which sets up a very interesting affair for the second leg to be played at the Neo GSP Stadium on March 7.
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 â€“ first leg
Olympique Lyon (FRA): 1 (Alexandre Lacazette 58â€™)
APOEL Nicosia (CYP): 0
Stade de Gerland, Lyon â€“ 37,000
Yellow cards: LYO - nil
APO - Helio Pinto 52â€™, Marcinho 89â€™