UEL: Lyon survive Besiktas scare amidst crowd trouble
Europa League By: Ambrose Udeme | 13/04/2017
French Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyonnais came from a goal down to beat Besiktas 2-1 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium on Thursday in a UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.Ryan Babel gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes before two late goals from Toliso and Morel undid the Turkish side in the final seven minutes of the game with both goals coming within 60 seconds.Clashes in the stands that forced some supporters on to the pitch delayed Lyon's Europa League quarter-final first leg against Besiktas.
After reported trouble outside Parc Olympique Lyonnais prompted police involvement, violence broke out 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 finally kicked off 45 minutes behind schedule after Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas went into the crowd in an effort to calm supporters.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. 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.