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Lyon open their new 59,000 seater stadium ahead of Euro 2016

Northern Ireland will face Ukraine at the Stade des Lumières in June.

LYON CELEBRATED THE opening 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.

France Soccer League One The ground was officially opened today. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Alexandre Lacazette wrote his name into the history books by scoring the first goal at the Stade des Lumières, which translates as Stadium of Light, 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.

France Soccer League One There was a full house for Lyon's win over Troyes. Source: AP/Press Association Images

“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.”

After three years of construction, the swanky new stadium situated near Décines replaces Lyon’s former home at the Stade de Gerland.

It is one of the 10 venues set to host fixtures at this summer’s European Championships and will stage six games, including Northern Ireland’s Group C clash with Ukraine.

France Soccer League One Lyon's President Jean-Michel Aulas after cutting the ribbon. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The stadium was meant to be completed in 2014 but construction delays mean work has only just been finished on a project with an estimated cost of €400 million.

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