Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby

Lyon showed their youthful exuberance as they destroyed St Etienne 5-0 but Nabil Fékir also showed some youthful inexperience in the way he celebrated

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Le Classique, between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, is the most famous match in French football but the Rhône derby between St Etienne and Lyon is by far the fiercest. To say winning this game is preferable to winning the league for both sets of supporters isn’t far from the truth. That viciousness was underlined on Sunday night as Lyon won 5-0 at St Etienne in an encounter that featured freewheeling attacking football, a sublime display from Nabil Fékir, violence and riot police on the pitch.

Lyon are up to third in Ligue 1, just three points behind champions Monaco, despite an inconsistent start to the campaign. They have scored 32 goals in their first 12 matches but their performances have lacked the control and assuredness provided by the departed Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso and Maxime Gonalons. They have already been involved in three 3-3 draws against mid-table sides this season, showing their tendency to score and concede. Nevertheless, Lyon’s new players are starting to gel as the balance shifts from erratic to exciting. They have now won their last six games in a row, boasting an aggregate score of 20-3 and the scalps of Monaco and Everton (twice) in those fixtures.

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