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

PARIS (AFP) – Robert Beric scored a last-minute winner as Saint-Etienne defeated bitter rivals Lyon 1-0 last 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.