PARIS (AFP) – Moussa Dembele grabbed a stoppage-time winner for Lyon in a 2-1 victory over bitter foes Saint-Etienne on Sunday night, while Marseille snapped a wretched run of nine games without a win as they beat Caen 1-0 in Ligue 1.
Romain Hamouma headed Saint-Etienne into the lead on 21 minutes at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, but Nabil Fekir converted a second-half penalty to haul Lyon level following a handball by Loic Perrin.
An unmarked Dembele headed over in the dying stages after coming on as a substitute, but the forward made no mistake with another chance moments later to floor the hosts in the 95th minute.
“We do this job for this kind of feeling,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “It was an excellent derby. Both teams got properly into it.”
Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes had earlier pulled off a stunning triple save to keep the visitors in the game, twice denying the in-form Wahbi Khazri before tipping away Hamouma’s follow-up.
Saint-Etienne again had a chance to win the match in a frantic goalmouth scramble but Remy Cabella was thwarted by Lopes and Leo Dubois produced a vital block to repel Lois Diony’s subsequent effort.
“Honestly, I knew this job was cruel but today was a bit of a knockout blow,” said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset. “We gave everything. Both teams had chances and would have each deserved a point.”
A pitch invasion by angry home fans caused a lengthy stoppage when Lyon won 5-0 last season, and tempers again briefly threatened to boil over following the final whistle on Sunday night.
Lyon climbed back above their rivals into third place after dealing Saint-Etienne a first home loss of the season.
Earlier, Marseille recorded a first win since late November despite losing the influential Dimitri Payet to a knee injury after just 24 minutes.
Morgan Sanson, on as a substitute for Payet, guided home a header from a Kevin Strootman cross two minutes after the interval to earn Marseille a welcome three points.
Caen played most of the second half with 10 men after Frederic Guilbert was dismissed for a second booking.
Marseille had faced angry supporters in heated exchanges following last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Monaco, the culmination of a dismal run that included a humiliating French Cup defeat by fourth-tier amateurs Andrezieux at the start of the month.
“I’m not relieved. I’m happy for the players because it confirms the good things we’d done in the last two matches against Monaco and Saint-Etienne,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia.