MON­TREAL

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Paris Saint-Ger­main started the new sea­son just as they ended the old, lift­ing sil­ver­ware in the shape of the French Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy thanks to a 2-0 win over Lyon in Mon­treal.

Two early goals by Serge Aurier and Edin­son Ca­vani put Paris in con­trol of the tra­di­tional sea­son-open­ing con­test and left Lyon with a moun­tain to climb long be­fore their cap­tain Maxime Gon­alons was sent off in the 64th minute.

Hav­ing com­pleted an un­prece­dented clean sweep of the do­mes­tic hon­ours in France last sea­son, this win un­der­lined their sta­tus as the team to beat again in the com­ing cam­paign.

Tipped to be their main chal­lengers once more, Lyon were in­vited to face the tre­ble win­ners af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond to them in Ligue 1 last sea­son as the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy was played out­side France for the sev­enth year in a row. But, weak­ened by a se­ries of in­juries to key play­ers and by the ab­sence of sus­pended star­let Na­bil Fekir, Lyon never looked like win­ning a game played in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd at the Sa­puto Sta­dium in the largest city of Canada s French-speak­ing Que­bec province.

A strong PSG side fea­tur­ing Ger­man sum­mer sign­ing Kevin Trapp in goal opened the scor­ing in the 11th minute as the Lyon de­fence failed to clear a free­kick into the box and David Luiz drove the ball back into the six­yard box for his fel­low de­fender Aurier to head home.

The sec­ond goal ar­rived just six min­utes later when An­thony Lopes saved from Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Ca­vani, who started pre-sea­son late af­ter fea­tur­ing for Uruguay at the Copa Amer­ica, lashed home the loose ball.

With last sea­son s top scorer and player of the year Alexan­dre La­cazette un­able to make an im­pres­sion, Lyon of­fered lit­tle at the other end and Blaise Ma­tu­idi missed a great chance to in­crease PSG s lead af­ter Lopes saved from Ibrahi­movic s ex­trav­a­gant back­heeled ef­fort.

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