Winner of Lazio in the knockout stages and leader of the Portuguese league, Porto meets Lyon, the team that has scored the most points this season in the group stage.
– For the fifth consecutive time, Porto made it to the UEFA Champions League in the group stage in the autumn, beating in their last Group B game at home to Atlético de Madrid, who qualified at his expense. Sérgio Conceição’s side found solace in the UEFA Europa League, where they triumphed in a close encounter against Lazio, winning 2-1 at home before holding the Italians to a 2-2 draw in Rome.
– Lyon topped UEFA Europa League Group A, securing top spot ahead of Rangers, Sparta Praha and Brøndby. Les Gones were through by matchday four, dropping points only in their last game, a 1-1 draw at home to the Scottish champions, who finished second, eight points behind the French side.
– Porto won their two double confrontations with OL, in the preliminary round of the 1964/65 European Cup Winners’ Cup (3-0, 1-0) and in the quarter-finals of the 2003/04 Champions League, when José Mourinho’s team beat Paul Le Guen’s Lyon 4-2 on aggregate (2-0, 2-2) before going on to win the title.
– Porto’s historic record against French clubs is 16 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. Winners three-nil of fellow Ligue 1 club Monaco in the UEFA Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen, the Dragons have won all but one of their home and away matches against French teams, the first – against Nantes – in the first round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup (0-2, 1-1). At home, they are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against French visitors (10 wins, 2 draws) and have won the last six. At home and away, they are also on a six-game winning streak, having done the double against Marseille (3-0, 2-0) in the Champions League group stage last season.
– Lyon have won only 5 of their 15 UEFA matches against Portuguese clubs (D4 L6), including two in Portugal – against Farense and Vitória SC. Most recently, Les Gones lost 2-1 at Benfica on Matchday 3 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, but won the comeback 3-1 at home and returned to Lisbon for the final rounds, where they beat Manchester City with a 3-1 quarter-final win before losing 3-0 in the semi-final to eventual champions Bayern München.
– Porto finished second in the 2020/21 Portuguese La Liga, five points behind champions Sporting CP, and also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea. two matches having taken place in Sevilla (0-2, 1-0).
– Porto took just five points in this season’s Champions League group stage, eight less than last term, but were still in good position to finish second in Group B, behind the leader Liverpool, before his last match. However, a 1-3 loss to Atlético at the Estádio do Dragão condemned them to third place, two points behind the Spanish side but a step ahead of fourth-placed AC Milan against which the Portuans recorded their only victory of the group, 1-0 at home on matchday three.
– This is Porto’s third appearance in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. Winners of the competition in their first campaign, under André Villas-Boas in 2010/11, where they eliminated CSKA Moskva at this stage (1-0, 2-1), the Dragons also passed the round of 16 in 2013/14, beating Napoli (1-0, 2-2), before losing in the round of 16 against Sevilla.
– Porto’s victory against Lazio on February 17 was the first time the club had won their first home game in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage (D1 L4) – although they did win his five victories from the round of 16. The club’s elimination in each of the last six seasons has come in matches where the club have been beaten at home.
– Lyon ended the 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign in fourth place, seven points behind champions LOSC Lille, to return to European competition after a rare season out as direct qualifiers for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. In their last continental campaign, the Lyonnais reached the semi-finals of the 2019/20 Champions League.
– Peter Bosz’s side beat Rangers 2-0 away in their first UEFA Europa League group game before earning a double against Sparta (4-3, 3-0) and Brøndby (3-0, 3-1). Les Gones failed to string together a winning streak as they were held at home by Rangers on matchday six, but their tally of 16 points tops all other teams in all eight groups .
– Les Gones have won more UEFA Europa League matches than any other French club (26) and have also scored more goals (86). This is their fourth appearance in the round of 16, and if they have been victorious at this stage in the first two attempts – against Viktoria Plzeň in 2013/14 (4-1, 1-2) and Roma in 2016/17 (4-2, 1-2) – they were beaten in their last appearance, losing away to CSKA Moskva in 2017/18 (1-0, 2-3).
– Lyon have won their last five away matches in the UEFA Europa League, including knockout successes at Villarreal (1-0) and CSKA four seasons ago. However, his overall away record in the spring competition is 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses. They have also lost their last six away matches in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds and won none of the last 11 (D2 L9).
Group changes in the UEFA Europa League
Added: Galeno (Braga), Rúben Semedo (Olympiacos, loan), Stephen Eustáquio (Paços de Ferreira, loan)
Withdrawn: Jesús Corona (Sevilla), Luis Díaz (Liverpool), Nanu (Dallas, loan), Sérgio Oliveira (Roma, loan).
Added: Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham, loan), Romain Faivre (Brest)
Withdrawn: Cédric Augarreau (Virton, loan), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Florent Da Silva (Villefranche, loan), Reo Griffiths (Doncaster), Marcelo (Bordeaux), Islam Slimani (Sporting CP), Eli Wissa (Villefranche, loan)
We know each other…
– Pepe (Porto) and Anthony Lopes (Lyon) were both part of the Portugal squad that won UEFA EURO 2016 in France. The former was voted man of the match in the 1-0 final win over the host nation.
– Diogo Costa (Porto) is a current rival to Lopes for the national team goalkeeper shirt, while his club colleagues Otávio and Rúben Semedo have also been capped by Portugal.
– Pepe faced Lyon four times in the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and was never on the losing side (3 wins and 1 draw).
– Lyonnais Jérôme Boateng scored for Bayern München in their 6-1 home win against Porto in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg. He was also part of the Bayern squad that lost the first leg 3-1 at the Estádio do Dragão.
– Sérgio Conceição was the head coach of French Ligue 1 club Nantes between December 2016 and June 2017, when he left to take charge of Porto.
– Bosz, the Lyon manager, was the Bayer Leverkusen manager who knocked out Porto de Conceição in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 (2-1, 3-1).
– Porto’s January signing Galeno scored six goals in the UEFA Europa League group stage for Braga and remains the competition’s co-top scorer entering the round of 16, alongside Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi.
– Porto beat Lyon 5-3 at home in a pre-season friendly on July 31, 2021.
– Porto are one of two clubs in the round of 16 to have already won the UEFA Europa League, the other being four-time winners Sevilla. FC Porto is also one of the three former winners of the C1, along with FC Barcelona and Crvena zvezda.