Lyon v Besiktas: Kick-off delayed by crowd trouble at Europa League match

Lyon v Besiktas
Fans clashed at one end of the stadium forcing some to take refuge on the pitch

Clashes in the stands that forced some supporters on to the pitch delayed Lyon's Europa League quarter-final first-leg win over Besiktas.

Trouble prompted police involvement outside the ground before violence behind one goal as players warmed up.

"Projectiles and fireworks launched from the stands require fans to take refuge on the pitch," Lyon tweeted.

The game kicked off 45 minutes late with Lyon scoring twice in the closing 10 minutes to win 2-1.

Authorities had categorised the fixture 'high risk', with about 500 police reportedly stationed at Parc Olympique Lyonnais - more than double the usual amount.

Both teams left the field as fans spilled on to the playing surface before kick-off, with Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas going into the crowd in an effort to calm supporters.

Police tried to control matters on the pitch as fans left the stands
Police tried to control matters on the pitch as fans left the stands

When the French and Turkish sides eventually emerged, both sets of players clapped supporters all round the stadium, before going through brief warm-up drills ahead of a 20:50 BST kick-off.

Before Beskitas' fixture against Greek side Olympiakos in the previous round, both clubs worked with Uefa and took the decision to ban away fans in a bid to avoid crowd trouble.

It is the third incident at a Uefa competition this week, following Tuesday's bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus and Wednesday's clashes between Leicester City supporters and police in Madrid.

When the match got under way, former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel put Besiktas ahead but moments after Corentin Tolisso's equaliser on 83 minutes, Jeremy Morel robbed Spanish goalkeeper Fabri in the area to tap into an empty net.

Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas spoke with supporters to calm matters
Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas spoke with supporters to calm matters
The 20:05 BST kick-off was delayed as a result of the crowd disturbances
The 20:05 BST kick-off was delayed as a result of the crowd disturbances
Fans outside the stadium in Lyon
Fans outside the stadium in Lyon - French police attended the fixture in double their usual numbers

Line-ups

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 20RafaelBooked at 19minsSubstituted forJalletat 53'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 4Mammana
  • 5Diakhaby
  • 15Morel
  • 29Tousart
  • 8Tolisso
  • 11GhezzalSubstituted forCornetat 52'minutes
  • 18FekirBooked at 67mins
  • 28ValbuenaBooked at 80mins
  • 10LacazetteBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 12Ferri
  • 13Jallet
  • 14Darder
  • 25Aouar
  • 27Cornet
  • 30Gorgelin

Besiktas

  • 1Agosto Ramírez
  • 77Gönül
  • 30Guedes FilhoBooked at 21mins
  • 2MitrovicSubstituted forUysalat 64'minutes
  • 6Tosic
  • 13Hutchinson
  • 15OzyakupSubstituted forArslanat 74'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 49Babel
  • 94Souza Conceição
  • 3Adriano
  • 23TosunSubstituted forInlerat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Sismanoglu
  • 18Arslan
  • 20Uysal
  • 29Zengin
  • 32Beck
  • 33Nukan
  • 80Inler
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
55,452

Match Stats

Home TeamLyonAway TeamBesiktas
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 2, Besiktas 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lyon 2, Besiktas 1.

Hand ball by Gökhan Inler (Besiktas).

Attempt missed. Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

Attempt missed. Lucas Tousart (Lyon) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Adriano.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Dusko Tosic.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Gökhan Inler replaces Cenk Tosun.

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anderson Talisca (Besiktas).

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 2, Besiktas 1. Jérémy Morel (Lyon) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Lyon 1, Besiktas 1. Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Booking

Tolgay Arslan (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tolgay Arslan (Besiktas).

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Fabri.

Attempt saved. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nabil Fekir.

Lucas Tousart (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cenk Tosun (Besiktas).

Booking

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon).

Cenk Tosun (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Emanuel Mammana (Lyon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Maxwel Cornet with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Adriano.

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gökhan Gönül (Besiktas).

Offside, Lyon. Corentin Tolisso tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

Hand ball by Nabil Fekir (Lyon).

Hand ball by Dusko Tosic (Besiktas).

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).

Marcelo (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Tolgay Arslan replaces Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Booking

Christophe Jallet (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christophe Jallet (Lyon).

Ryan Babel (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cenk Tosun (Besiktas).

Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Man Utd6402812
3Feyenoord6213-47
4Zorya Luhansk6024-62

B

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1Apoel Nic6402212
2Olympiakos622218
3BSC Young Boys622238
4FC Astana6123-65

C

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1Saint-Étienne6330312
2Anderlecht6321811
3Mainz 056231-29
4FK Qabala6006-90

D

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1Zenit St P6501915
2AZ Alkmaar6222-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv6213-27
4Dundalk6114-34

E

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2Astra Giurgiu6222-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132-36
4Austria Vienna6123-35

F

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2Ath Bilbao6312-110
3Rapid Vienna6132-16
4Sassuolo6123-25

G

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1Ajax6420514
2Celta Vigo623139
3Standard Liege614127
4Panathinaikos6015-101

H

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1Shakt Donsk66001618
2KAA Gent6222-48
3Sporting Braga6132-26
4Konyaspor6015-101

I

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1Schalke6501615
2FK Krasnodar621307
3FC RB Salzb621307
4Nice6204-66

J

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1Fiorentina6411913
2PAOK Salonika6312110
3FK Qarabag6213-57
4Slovan Liberec6114-54

K

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1Sparta Prague6402212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva622208
3Southampton622228
4Inter Milan6204-46

L

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1Osmanlispor6312310
2Villarreal623119
3FC Zürich6132-26
4Steaua Buc6132-26
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