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Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Fan disorder delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League QFs

Fan disorder delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League QFs

Fans were forced to invade the pitch to escape the carnage, causing the quarter-final first leg to be delayed by 45 minutes.

Ryan Babel gave the away side the lead to the delight of the Turkish fans in attendance when the match finally got underway.

Lyon tweeted out a picture of the scenes with the caption: "Projectiles and fireworks launched from the top of the stands require supporters to seek refuge on the pitch".

Jean-Michel Aulas, president of the Lyon club, walked onto the pitch with other officials in an attempt to calm people down so the game could proceed, but their efforts were to no avail.

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The incident comes only two days after Borussia Dortmund's Champions League game with Monaco was suspended for 24 hours after three explosions near the team bus on the way to the stadium.

Lyon now have a 2-1 aggregate advantage ahead of the return leg at the Turkish Süper Lig leaders' brand-new stadium - where they have gone unbeaten since its inauguration in April 2016 - in Istanbul next Thursday. Anderlecht goalkeeper Martinez Rubin dived right to push the ball spinning away toward the byline and, from a tight angle, Mkhitaryan hit a rising shot into the net.

Midfielder Paul Pogba missed a good chance for United minutes before Anderlecht made the second leg a different proposition. Leander Dendoncker ran clear of two United defenders to power a header from near the penalty spot past goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti got the goals.

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