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Football: Lyon chief accuses St Etienne keeper of attack

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas accused Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier of hitting him in the back at the end of an explosive French Ligue 1 derby on Sunday. Lyon won the match, the 107th Rhone clash between the two sides, 2-1 thanks to an injury time winner from Jimmy Briand but the game was overshadowed by a series of unsavoury incidents. "Stephane Ruffier hit me violently in the back at the end of the match," Aulas told French TV.

Football: Saint Etienne end 32-year wait for silverware

Saint Etienne won their first major honour in three decades on Saturday, beating Rennes 1-0 to lift the League Cup at the Stade de France. Brazilian striker Brandao scored the only goal in the 18th minute to lift the trophy for a third time after two successful campaigns with former club Marseille. "Thirty two years is a long time -- our first time at the Stade de France and we did it. Brandao was our locomotive but the whole team were fantastic," said coach Christophe Galtier.

Football: Saint-Etienne beat blizzard, Montpellier

Saint-Etienne battled blizzard-like conditions in the Rhone-Alpes region to move fourth in Ligue 1 following a 4-1 weather-interrupted win over Montpellier on Saturday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 11th goal of the campaign as further strikes from Brandao, Yohan Mollo and Mathieu Bodmer extended Saint-Etienne's winning streak to four in a match delayed for 45 minutes due to heavy snowfall. "I find it scandalous," said Montpellier coach Rene Girard of referee Philippe Kalt's decision to ultimately let the match run its course.

Football: Saint-Etienne beat blizzard, Montpellier

Saint-Etienne battled blizzard-like conditions in the Rhone-Alpes region to move fourth in Ligue 1 following a 4-1 weather-interrupted win over Montpellier on Saturday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 11th goal of the campaign as further strikes from Brandao, Yohan Mollo and Mathieu Bodmer extended Saint-Etienne's winning streak to four in a match delayed for 45 minutes due to heavy snowfall.
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