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Lyon set up final date with Paris Saint-Germain

Lyon: Lyon will play French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup final after they eked out a 2-1 win over Ligue 2 side Troyes at home on Wednesday.

Goals by Alexandre Lacazette, his 16th of the season, and Bafetimbi Gomis gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and, although Brazilian Xavier Thiago reduced the deficit before half-time, Lyon held on in a game played with half the ground empty.

Lyon, who won the trophy in 2001 and have lost three times in the final, initially made light of being without their two main creative players — Yoann Gourcuff, who was injured, and the suspended Clement Grenier.

Lacazette, who had to fill the playmaking role, slotted home their opener in the 16th minute from defender Mehdi Zeffane, while Gomis got in at the near post to convert Jimmy Briand’s pass 11 minutes later.

Troyes, 11th in Ligue 2, got back into the game nine minutes from the break as Thiago profited from poor marking to score his first goal of the season.

Lyon faded in the second-half, with Briand’s headed goal being ruled out for a marginal offside, while Lacazette’s shot was well saved five minutes from time.