Saint-Etienne fans invaded the pitch and many threw flares

Saint-Etienne were relegated from Ligue 1 after losing a play-off against Auxerre in a penalty shoot-out.

The defeat sparked a pitch invasion by angry Etienne fans, with many hurling flares at the main stand and towards the players’ tunnel.

Police armed with shields and batons used tear gas to disperse supporters.

The loss ends an 18-year stay in the top flight for the 10-time French champions, and a return for Auxerre after a 10-year absence.

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Auxerre’s Hamza Sakhi opened the scoring before Saint-Etienne’s Mahdi Camara equalised.

That took the tie to penalties. Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon saved from Ryad Boudebou, giving Birama Toure the chance to make it 5-4 in the shoot-out and win it for the Ligue 2 side.

He made no mistake, and as soon as the ball nestled in the goal, fans flooded onto the pitch.

Players fled to the safety of the dressing rooms as police tried to quell the trouble.

They were just the latest ugly scenes at Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The club have being sanctioned several times this season for crowd trouble and Sunday’s game was played with one stand closed following unrest at a game against Monaco last month.

Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon makes a save in the penalty shoot-out against Saint-Etienne
Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Leon saved from Ryad Boudebou
Auxerre's players celebrate their victory at the end of the French L1-L2 play-off second leg football match against Saint-Etienne
Auxerre players celebrated after Birama Toure made it 5-4 on penalties to the Ligue 2 side
Saint-Etienne's fans invade the pitch
Saint-Etienne’s fans immediately invaded the pitch
Riot police officers clash with Saint-Etienne's fans who invaded the pitch after being defeated by Auxerre
Riot police then clashed with Saint-Etienne’s fans who invaded the pitch



Formation 4-4-2

  • 50Bernardoni
  • 14SackoSubstituted forAntunes da Silvaat 58′minutes
  • 2Moukoudi
  • 22Mangala
  • 13Trauco
  • 17AouchicheSubstituted forNordinat 58′minutes
  • 28YoussoufSubstituted forDiousséat 110′minutes
  • 8CamaraSubstituted forMoueffekat 80′minutes
  • 20Bouanga
  • 21HamoumaSubstituted forBoudebouzat 80′minutes
  • 10KhazriSubstituted forCrivelliat 62′minutes


  • 3Nade
  • 7Boudebouz
  • 11Antunes da Silva
  • 18Nordin
  • 25Dioussé
  • 26Sako
  • 29Moueffek
  • 31Crivelli
  • 40Green


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 16Léon
  • 2Arcus
  • 4Mendes Júnior
  • 5Pellenard
  • 3Bernard
  • 12TouréBooked at 89mins
  • 7HeinSubstituted forSinayokoat 75′minutes
  • 27TrouilletSubstituted forPerrinat 64′minutes
  • 22SakhiSubstituted forCoeffat 83′minutes
  • 29AutretSubstituted forDugimontat 95′minutes
  • 19Charbonnier


  • 6Ndom
  • 10Perrin
  • 14Ben Fredj
  • 17Lloris
  • 20Coeff
  • 21Dugimont
  • 25Sinayoko
  • 26Joly
  • 40De Percin

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