Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Depay leads Lyon to win in Ligue 1 opener

Depay leads Lyon to win in Ligue 1 opener

"We're going to make more progress".

Midfielder Christopher Nkunku had ran on to a stray pass from Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba to release the forward.

PSG reclaimed the league title from Monaco last season but still moved on from Unai Emery, and have brought in Thomas Tuchel as his replacement, with strong signs in place already.

23-year-old Rabiot has played over 200 times for PSG but could be in his last season with the club, as he looks likely to see out the final year of his contract with the French champions without signing an extension.

Buffon was called up upon nine minutes later, with the veteran shot-stopper producing a fine save to keep out Malik Tchokounte's powerful shot.

But after another mistake, when Caen lost the ball in midfield, winger Angel Di Maria broke down the right and set up midfielder Adrien Rabiot for a tap-in in the 35th.


Silva was indebted to the quick reflexes of Buffon on the stroke of half-time when an attempt to head clear a cross left his keeper scrambling to turn the ball behind.

Tuchel's side came even closer to increasing their lead with six minutes of normal time remaining when Weah - who had replaced Neymar just two minutes earlier - fired an effort across goal which came back off the inside of the post before trickling across the line and being gathered by a grateful Samba.

World Cup victor Mbappe, who took the tournament's best young player prize after hitting four goals at the finals, also misses out on Sunday's home game with Caen.

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were absent - though the latter was involved in a pre-match World Cup presentation at the Parc des Princes on Sunday - but Neymar helped ensure a comfortable victory for the champions.

Bruno Genesio's side coped without their captain as Dutch star Depay made the points safe with a terrific 20-yard free-kick on 75 minutes.

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