09.01.2016 19:48 h

Lyon thump Troyes to open new stadium

Lyon celebrated the inauguration of their new 59,000-seater stadium with a 4-1 victory over bottom side Troyes on Saturday, snapping a six-game winless run in Ligue 1.

Alexandre Lacazette wrote his name into the history books by scoring the first goal at Parc OL to give Lyon an 18th-minute lead, but Fabien Camus silenced the home fans with a stunning equaliser midway through the second half.

However, Lyon went back in front courtesy of a fine Rachid Ghezzal strike on 72 minutes before Jordan Ferri and Claudio Beauvue added late goals to clinch a first league win for OL in two months.

"I'm happy with the result and at the style at certain times," said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.

"The atmosphere was magnificent. It was impressive and full of emotion and I think the players really appreciated it. It's our job now to deliver the results expected of us."

Lyon had limped into the winter break after picking up just one point from six matches, with Genesio stepping up from his backroom role to take over from Hubert Fournier.

They climbed up to sixth following Saturday's victory, while Troyes did little to dispel the likelihood of an immediate return to the second tier, having yet to win 20 matches into the season.

Lyon romped to a 7-0 win over fifth-tier Limoges in the French Cup last weekend to rebuild some confidence, and the hosts went ahead again as Lacazette held off a defender before steering past Paul Bernardoni for his seventh goal of the season.

But Troyes, who had recorded three straight draws in the league, pulled level on 67 minutes when Camus fired a swerving long-range shot past Anthony Lopes.

However, Lyon regained the lead five minutes later as Ghezzal swivelled inside the area and struck a sweet left-footed effort beyond Bernardoni.

Ferri then thumped home a third goal on 81 minutes after an inviting lay-off from Clement Grenier with Beauvue heading in a fourth in stoppage time.

On Friday, Paris Saint-Germain extended their lead at the top to a staggering 22 points as Thiago Motta and Maxwell were on target in a 2-0 home win over Bastia.

Second-placed Monaco host Gazelec Ajaccio later on Saturday, while Angers, in third, are at home to fourth-placed Caen.