Lyon books place in UCL group stage

Lyon reached the Champions League group stage for the 12th

straight year Wednesday after holding Russian club Rubin Kazan to a

1-1 draw in the second leg of their playoff match.

The French club safely protected its 3-1 lead from the first

leg, although Bibras Natkho gave the home team some hope when he

put Rubin ahead in the 77th minute. However, Bakari Kone equalized

for Lyon 10 minutes later to see the French side through to the

group stage.

Later Wednesday, Arsenal seeks to protect a 1-0 lead over

Italian club Udinese, and Benfica hosts Twente after a 2-2 draw in

the first leg.