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PSG overcome Lyon to hand Emery first silverware

PSG overcome Lyon to hand Emery first silverware

KLAGENFURT: New signing Hatem Ben Arfa was among the scorers as Paris Saint-Germain romped to a one-sided 4-1 win over Lyon in the Champions Trophy, the traditional French season-opener, on Saturday.

Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Layvin Kurzawa got among the goals before Corentin Tolisso grabbed a consolation as the French champions won the trophy for the fourth year running to give new coach Unai Emery some early silverware.Lyon, who also lost to PSG in the Champions Trophy 12 months ago, did not turn up for the first hour at least in a match taking place in a largely empty stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The French league have used this game to promote their competition in recent seasons, staging it in Canada, the United States, China and in Africa.

The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after four glorious seasons in Paris has taken some of the star quality away from the champions but they began a new era by racing into a three-goal interval lead.

Pastore superbly converted a Kurzawa cross for the opener and the Argentine then squared for Lucas to bundle in the second under pressure from Jeremy Morel.

Angel Di Maria hit the bar with a delightful chip before setting up Ben Arfa, the former Lyon player taking a touch and lashing in his first goal since signing from Nice.

Pastore set up Kurzawa for the fourth goal nine minutes into the second half with the Lyon defence all at sea.

Midfielder Tolisso grabbed a consolation goal with three minutes remaining when he headed home a Christophe Jallet cross.

There was more bad news for Lyon with star striker Alexandre Lacazette coming off injured at half-time.

“He felt a pain in his left thigh and couldn’t continue. We didn’t take any risks,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.

“It was a good result for us but there us still a lot of tactical work to do and Ligue 1 will be difficult,” said Emery, whose side begin their title defence away at Bastia next Friday.

“We need to continue this next week in the league. This is important for our confidence but it is still sort of pre-season. Not all the players are fully fit yet.”

Lyon kick off their league campaign away at promoted Nancy next Sunday.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2016

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