Aug 08, 2016

    PSG begin season with 4-1 victory


    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 the other goals before Corentin Tolisso grabbed a consolation as the French champions won the trophy for the fourth year running and gave new coach Unai Emery early silverware.

    What Spaniard Emery, who arrived in Paris fresh from winning three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, will make of this early success remains to be seen, however.

    Lyon, last season's Ligue 1 runners-up 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 played out in a surreal atmosphere in a largely empty stadium in Klagenfurt.

    "It was a good result for us but there is 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 on Friday.

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

    In Austria, the occasion could hardly have been met with greater indifference by the locals and vast swathes of the 32,000-seat Woerthersee Stadion remained empty.

    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.