Thursday April 3 2014
Lyon players regret Juve loss

Maxime Gonalons and Corentin Tolisso had regrets, but Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes said there’s “no shame” in losing to Juventus.

The French team’s hopes of continuing in the Europa League are hanging by a thread after a 1-0 home loss to Juve in the first leg of the quarter-final.

“Defensively our plan worked pretty well, but we conceded a goal on a careless mistake at the end and that’s a real shame,” said Tolisso.

“We still believe in our chances and we hope the fans do too. We will need their support if we are to qualify in Turin.”

Gonalons was on the verge of joining Napoli in January, but remained at Lyon and was in action today.

“We wanted to keep a clean sheet, but unfortunately we gave away a goal five minutes from the end,” shrugged the midfielder.

Goalkeeper Lopes had a great save on Carlos Tevez in the first half and tried to look on the bright side.

“The team did its job tonight. It’s a pity we conceded that late goal, but there’s no shame in a defeat to Juventus.”

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