Lyon beats Besiktas despite Turkish fans' disturbance

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Jeremy Morel sealed Lyon's last-gasp comeback in a dramatic Europa League quarter-final first leg tie with Besiktas, which had risked being postponed due to crowd disturbances.

French fans spilled on to the field for their own safety as fireworks were set off and missiles thrown from an upper section of the stadium housing Besiktas supporters.

The fans exited the pitch only after police intervened.

Earlier Thursday, Turkish fans had clashed with security forces in Lyon, leaving a stadium steward injured, an AFP photographer reported.

Genesio is tipped to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Nabil Fekir playing as a number ten behind Alexandre Lacazette and between wide men Mathieu Valbuena and Rachid Ghezzal.

With order eventually restored, the teams and mascots formed a ring around the centre circle in a symbol of unity, while Aulas applauded the fans as the game got set to begin.

There is a return match scheduled for April 20 in Istanbul, which reportedly has a hostile reputation against visiting fans.

After a 9:50 p.m. kickoff in Lyon, Besiktas led at halftime through Ryan Babel's low shot in the 15th minute.

"The video elements show it".

In his post-match press conference, Lyon boss Bruno Genesio revealed he had been distressed by the incidents and on Friday it was veteran right-back Jallet's turn to express his feelings.

"I don't know what needs to be done [in the second leg], play behind closed doors or elsewhere but it will be too risky for us to play this match with the same fans that were here tonight".

Supporters invaded the pitch in an attempt to escape fighting in the crowd.

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