Football: Lyon beat Grasshoppers, into Champions League play-offs
PARIS, France (AFP) - Seven-time French champions Lyon progressed to the Champions League play-off round on Tuesday with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Swiss side Grasshoppers following a 1-0 second-leg win in Zurich.
Lyon entered Tuesday's second leg at the Letzigrund Stadium with a one-goal advantage after a narrow win in France last week, and Remi Garde's side moved a step closer to a return to the group stage as Clement Grenier struck a late winner to cement their place in the next round.
Michael Lang had the best chance of a quiet first half, but the defender was thwarted by a combination of Bakary Kone and goalkeeper Anthony Lopes having initally breached the Lyon backline.
Nzuzi Toko then tested Lopes with an angled strike just prior to half-time, while Alexandre Lacazette fired low at Roman Buerki after wriggling free on the edge of the box in what represented Lyon's best effort prior to Grenier's goal eight minutes from time.