Lyon win as Fekir parades World Cup trophy

Nabil Fekir paraded the World Cup trophy to the Lyon fans ahead of their game against Amiens. (AFP pic)

LYON: Bertrand Traoré and Memphis Depay scored for Lyon in a season-opening 2-0 victory over Amiens on Sunday, as France international Nabil Fekir showed off the World Cup trophy to home fans ahead of kick-off.

Burkina Faso forward Traore fired Lyon ahead on 24 minutes when he broke down the right side of the area and sneaked the ball through the legs of Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner from a tight angle.

Fekir, who came on as a substitute in France’s 4-2 win against Croatia in last month’s World Cup final, was not included in the Lyon squad, having only returned to training on Monday.

He scored a career-best 18 goals in Ligue 1 last season and appeared to be on the verge of a move to Liverpool in June before negotiations with the Premier League club broke down.

Bruno Genesio’s side coped without their captain at the Groupama Stadium as Dutch star Depay made the points safe with a terrific 18-metre free-kick on 75 minutes.

“I’m happy to be in form. I’ve never enjoyed being on the pitch as much even at Manchester United or PSV,” said Depay, who has played a part in 18 goals in his last 10 league games for Lyon.

“I’m the happiest right now, and not just in football, but also in my private life. I hope that’s going to continue.”

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain begin their campaign at home to Caen later on Sunday, with Gianluigi Buffon in line to make his Ligue 1 debut following his arrival from Juventus.