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Saint-Etienne - Lyon: three classic derbies

Publish on 18/01/2021 at 13:16 - I. HOLYMAN


Lyon's Zimbabwe striker Tino Kadewere's dream double, Nabil Fékir getting shirty with the Saint-Etienne fans, and Robert Beric putting Lyon to the sword late on — highlights three classic derbies ahead of the Round 21 encounter between the Rhône arch-rivals.

2020/21, Round 10: Lyon 2-1 Saint-Etienne


You don't have to go back far for a thriller between these two. Their first meeting of the 2020/21 campaign was an instant classic. Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes unwittingly palmed a Denis Bouanga cross into his own net just before half-time, but Tino Kadewere came off the bench just after the hour mark to write his own chapter in Rhône derby legend. The Zimbabwe international forward admitted he had dreamed in the week building up to the game that he would come on as a substitute and score twice, which he did to put OL in charge. Bouanga's penalty miss two minutes from time gave the game an extra touch of spice it barely needed.



2019/20, Round 9: Saint-Etienne 1-0 Lyon



Ghislain Printant had picked up just two wins in the opening eight league matches of the season, heralding the arrival of Claude Puel as coach. The former Southampton and Leicester City manager's first game in charge? The derby. And what a first game in charge. It was as tight and tense as you might expect before Robert Beric popped up with the matchwinner in the final minute to send the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard delirious. 


2016/17, Round 12: Saint-Etienne 0-5 Lyon

If you want to stay on the good side of the Saint-Etienne fan in your life, don't mention  Fekir. The former Lyon man famously — or infamously if you're a Sainté supporter — removed his shirt and brandished it in front of the home fans after netting the fifth goal in this rout of OL's rivals. Memphis Depay and Fekir had already struck in the first half, and when Léo Lacroix was sent off to reduce the hosts' to ten men, Lyon — coached at the time by Bruno Genesio — moved in for the kill, adding further strikes by Mariano Diaz and Bertrand Traoré before Fekir delivered the coup de grâce six minutes from time.