Monday 26 September 2016

Gunners target fires opening day treble

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates while scoring a hat-trick for Lyon yesterday. Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images
Alexandre Lacazette celebrates while scoring a hat-trick for Lyon yesterday. Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette became the first player to score a hat-trick in the opening round of Ligue 1 matches for nine years as Lyon beat Nancy 3-0.

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Lacazette, who has scored 54 goals in the last two seasons and been strongly linked with Arsenal this summer, struck twice in the first half before completing his treble in the dying seconds.

Lacazette's first goal against newly-promoted Nancy came after 33 minutes when Sergi Darder's saved effort fell his way and he hammered home the rebound.

The France striker bagged his second a minute before the break after racing onto goalkeeper Anthony Lopes' lengthy clearance.

Substitute Christophe Mandanne had Nancy's best effort at the beginning of the second half, but Lyon always looked capable of adding to their lead.

Clement Grenier went close before Lacazette ensured that he would be taking the match ball home by sweeping home Jordan Ferri's cutback in stoppage time.

In Germany, Bayern Munich gave new coach Carlo Ancelotti a winning start by beating arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to claim the German Supercup.

Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mueller scored in the second half for the German double winners after Dortmund, contesting the match as league runners-up and playing in their own Westfalonstadion, enjoyed the better of the first half.

Defender Mats Hummels made his debut for Bayern after moving from Dortmund and was predictably booed by the home fans every time he touched the ball.

Even though the fixture is little more than a curtain-raiser for the season, there were plenty of full-blooded challenges.

Tempers flared when Bayern forward Franck Ribery lashed out at Felix Passlack, appearing to slap him on the head, with Dortmund demanding a red card for the Frenchman, but the referee diplomatically gave each player a booking.

In Spain, Luis Suarez scored as Barcelona beat Seville 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup.

Irish Independent

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