Lyon beats Saint-Etienne 3-1 after crowd disturbances


By Trung Latieule PARIS, AP

Lyon beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 in the French League on Saturday after tear gas had forced the match to be delayed due to crowd disturbances.

Kim Kallstrom, Tiago and Fred scored for the five-time defending French champion to move to 61 points on its 11th away win in 14 games. Lens, which plays Marseille on Sunday, is second on 45 points.

The match was stopped in the 51st minute after tear gas wafted across the field, causing some players to drop to the ground briefly or cover their faces with their jerseys as they left the field.

The source of the tear gas was not immediately clear, but rival fans had been shooting firecrackers at one another, forcing police to intervene. The match resumed after about a 20-minute delay.

Also Saturday, it was: Valenciennes 0, Toulouse 0; Lille 4, Troyes 0; Monaco 0, Bordeaux 0; Nancy 1, Le Mans 1; Lorient 0, Nice 0; Sedan 2, Paris Saint-Germain 0; Auxerre 1, Rennes 0.

Kallstrom scored in the 28th minute after a cross from France winger Florent Malouda was poorly cleared by defender Vincent Hognon.

Tiago chipped the ball over goalkeeper Jeremie Janot in the 37th and Fred scored with a curling free kick into the top of the net in the 46th. Batefimbi Gomis scored for Saint-Etienne in the 80th.

Lille moved past Toulouse into third place on goal difference.

Ivory Coast winger Kader Keita dribbled down the right flank before scoring in the 15th minute, before midfielder Stephane Dumont volleyed home in the 18th to double Lille’s advantage.

Keita notched his sixth league goal this season in the 33rd, and Dumont connected on a cross from striker Peter Odemwingie to beat Troyes goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom from close range.

Valenciennes climbed one spot to 17th place and end Toulouse’s three game winning streak.

Bordeaux missed an opportunity to keep pace with Lille in the race for a Champions League berth as it drew with Monaco.

In Nancy, defender Damian Macaluso put the hosts ahead with a header off a free kick by Benjamin Gavanon in the 36th. Le Mans striker Grafite, fed a through ball by Marko Basa, equalized in the 73rd.

Lorient drew with Nice to snap its three-game losing streak.

In Sedan, Gregory Pujol opened the scoring in the seventh as his header hit the post, and bounced in off goalkeeper Mickael Landreau’s back. Forward Mansour Boutabout scored the second in the 74th.

Paris Saint-Germain dropped into the relegation zone, while Sedan moved above last-place Nantes.

In Auxerre, forward Ireneusz Jelen outpaced Rennes’ defense to collect a long cross from Jean-Pascal Mignot and score in the 65th.

Also Sunday, Sochaux hosts Nantes.