Lyon thump Saint-Etienne to close gap at top

An inexperienced Saint-Etienne team depleted by injuries and Covid-19 cases fell to a 5-0 loss against Lyon in the Rhone derby on Sunday night.

Starting four players born in 2000 or later was always going to be a daunting prospect versus a Lyon front three who had scored 27 Ligue 1 goals this season prior to the match.

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Much optimism was crushed early on though when a corner fell to Tino Kadewere and he slotted home in the 16th minute to open the scoring.

Rudi Garcia’s men extended their lead in the 36th minute when Marcelo powered a header home from Leo Dubois’ free-kick.

Dubois enjoyed a fruitful night down the right, with the full-back rarely being required to defend, and lightning struck twice when Marcelo headed another one of his free-kicks from a near-identical position to make it 3-0 not too long after half-time.

Zimbabwe international Kadewere also bagged a brace, doubling his tally in the 68th minute by cutting inside to score on his left foot after an unselfish piece of play from Memphis Depay.

Depay was unfortunate not to have a goal of his own when Lyon made it 5-0 late on, with his curled free-kick being ruled a Denis Bouanga own-goal after the ball scraped the back of the Saint-Etienne winger’s head.

More to follow.

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