Late goal earns Saint-Etienne derby win over Lyon on Puel debut

PARIS Robert Beric scored a last-minute winner as

Saint-Etienne defeated bitter rivals Lyon 1-0 on Sunday and new coach Claude

Puel made a triumphant start in his first match in charge.

Former Leicester City and Southampton boss Puel replaced Ghislain Printant

on Friday after signing a three-year deal with the club that entered the

derby clash bottom of Ligue 1.

To produce such a display against Lyon is great, especially in such a

short amount of time, said Puel, who also spent three years at Lyon from

2008-2011.

This victory shows the players the sacrifice and desire they need to put

into a match. I'm building something here and this fine start must be backed

up.

Lyon began the weekend in trouble of their own, languishing a disappointing

11th after a domestic six-match winless run but buoyed by a Champions League

victory at RB Leipzig.

Anthony Lopes tipped a Riyad Boudebouz effort onto the post in a cagey

first half at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, and the Lyon goalkeeper made

another top reflex save to deny Denis Bouanga on the hour.

Moussa Dembele came off the bench for Lyon and forced Jessy Moulin to palm

away his header on 85 minutes, with Houssem Aouar then trickling an effort

wide after sneaking in behind the hosts' defence.

Beric won it at the death though as he rose superbly to head a Boudebouz

cross beyond the reach of Lopes to send Saint-Etienne up to 13th and two

points above Lyon.

I'm very worried by our results, said Lyon coach Sylvinho. We're losing

all our matches in the same way. It's not up to me to say if I'm the man for

the situation.

I feel the same as I did after (the 2-2 draws with) Amiens and Brest, he

added. We've conceded again at the end of the match. It's even more

frustrating in a derby.

Osimhen strikes again

In-form Victor Osimhen's seventh league goal of the season wasn't enough

for Lille as they missed the chance to go third after drawing 2-2 with Nimes.

Nigeria international Osimhen, 20, who also scored in Lille's 2-1 Champions

League defeat to Chelsea midweek, struck the hosts' leveller with 11 minutes

remaining after a Renaud Ripart penalty at the end of the first half and

Kevin Denkey's neat 70th-minute finish had cancelled out Loic Remy's 13th-

minute opener.

A win for Lille would have moved them above surprise package Angers

following their 4-0 hammering at the hands of league leaders Paris Saint-

Germain on Saturday.

Instead Christophe Galtier's side stay in fifth on 15 points from nine

matches, but they could have easily lost against a spirited Nimes side that

belied their pre-match league position of 17th.

The lively Romain Philippoteaux, who won the spot-kick that Ripart calmly

slotted home, came close to scoring a wonderful individual strike when his

finish clipped the outside of the post following an exciting dribble.

Reims moved into sixth, a point behind Lille after Boulaye Dia's strike

three minutes after half-time consigned former high-fliers Rennes to the

latest defeat in a miserable run of form.

Level with PSG at the top of the league at the end of August, Julien

Stephan's Rennes haven't won in the eight games in any competition since and

have plummeted down to 10th.

Reims meanwhile consolidated a fine start to the season that sees them with

the league's best defensive record alongside PSG, with just four goals

conceded in nine games.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)