28.11.2015 19:13 h

PSG crowned autumn champions after win on emotional day

Paris Saint-Germain are guaranteed to end 2015 on top of the Ligue 1 table after a 4-1 win against Troyes on a day marked by tributes to the victims of the recent terror attacks.

It was a routine win for PSG with Edinson Cavani and Layvin Kurzawa finding the net either side of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty before youngster Jean-Kevin Augustin wrapped up the points.

Thomas Ayasse got one back for the away side but the win for Paris means they are still unbeaten domestically this season and are so far clear of their rivals that they have already secured the symbolic title of autumn champions for the team that tops the table at Christmas.

But the match was also significant for being the first top-level game to be played in the French capital since the terror attacks in the city and outside the Stade de France during France's game with Germany on November 13 that left 130 dead and many more injured.

With France still in a state of emergency, there were stringent security checks on the way into the Parc des Princes, and there was also a moving tribute before the game kicked off.

The likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and other sporting superstars appeared on a video played on big screens with each repeating the slogan 'Je Suis Paris' (I am Paris) that PSG also sported on their shirts.

A huge French flag greeted the players as they came out while 'La Marseillaise' was sung and a minute's silence held, just as had been the case across France and elsewhere in Europe last weekend.

France's prime minister Manuel Valls and the Emir of Qatar were also among the crowd for the game as the club owned by the Gulf state further demonstrated their dominance over the rest of Ligue 1.

PSG were looking to make 24 Ligue 1 games unbeaten against a Troyes side who had still not won since returning to the top flight in the summer and it was a largely one-sided contest.

Cavani had already come close twice before he opened the scoring 20 minutes in, meeting Angel Di Maria's assist with a first-time finish after the visitors lost possession cheaply in their own half.

At the other end Kevin Trapp had to intervene twice with good saves from Fabien Camus and Benjamin Nivet to ensure Paris remained in front going into half-time.

The hosts went on to double their lead just before the hour, however.

A penalty was awarded when Lucas was brought down inside the area by Chris Mavinga and Ibrahimovic stepped up to send Paul Bernardoni the wrong way from the spot and score his 10th league goal of the campaign.

The third goal arrived midway through the second half when a Di Maria cross was headed away by the Troyes defence but only as far as Kurzawa, who controlled on his chest before volleying low into the bottom-right corner.

Augustin, who had replaced Cavani, got the fourth goal with six minutes left, his shot from 25 yards going through the legs of Bernardoni.

Ayasse got one back with a fine strike in injury time but Troyes remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Paris are provisionally a huge 16 points clear of second-placed Lyon despite being only 15 games into the season, although that advantage could be reduced later with Nice having the chance to go second with a win at Toulouse.

Knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, Lyon's recent struggles continued when they lost 4-2 at home to Montpellier on Friday.