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Match Report: AS Saint-Etienne 0-1 Lyon

Sunday 18th March 2012
Bafetimbi Gomis came off the bench to grab a late winner against his old club, as Lyon left it late to beat AS Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Saturday evening. Gomis dedicated the goal to fellow Frenchman Eric Abidal, who this week learnt he would need a liver transplant.

Alexandre Lacazette nearly gave the visitors an early lead as he freed himself from his marker Kurt Zouma, but Stéphane Ruffier made a sharp save.

St Etienne failed to force any attacking pressure and they tried to make the most of the set pieces, Bakary Sako went close with a first half free kick but that was about as close as the home side got to threatening Hugo Lloris.

It was towards the end of the second half that cracks started to appear in the home side's defence. A fine combination between Anthony Réveillère and Lisandro Lopez called for Ruffier to save from Réveillère.

Kim Källström then provided two glorious crosses for Lopez, but the Argentinian wasted both. The first was a volley which Ruffier saved with his legs but the second was a header which Lopez failed to get on target.

Gomis was then introduced in the 74th minute for Lacazette and proved to be the match winner when he scored just seven minutes later with a goal of real quality. Defender Sylvain Marchal wasn't strong enough to hold off Gomis from a Lyon goal kick. The ball somehow fell into the feet of the striker who managed to work himself some space before curling a vicious shot past keeper Ruffier from outside the box.

Michel Fernandes Bastos then nearly added a second but the ever present Ruffier was there to save again.

Although late, the winning goal was a deserved goal for the visitors who dominated the game and created the better chances. Lyon now sit above St Etienne on goal difference with both teams one point off third place, occupied by Lille who have a game in hand.
Glenn Noble

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