Patrick Kisnorbo wins first game as manager of French Ligue 1 team

Patrick Kisnorbo was already the first Australian to manage a team in one of Europe’s “Big Five” soccer leagues and now he’s the first to win a match.

An A-League title-winning coach with Melbourne City, Kisnorbo guided ES Troyes to a first win since taking charge of the club in French Ligue 1.

The 3-2 victory over Strasbourg moved Troyes up to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone, in which Strasbourg remains embedded.

The Australian coach now has four points from two matches at the top-flight club.

“Ligue Un is an excellent league, with some high-quality players, so I am happy to be part of this adventure,” Kisnorbo said after starting his French coaching career with a draw against Nantes as France’s top flight returned after the World Cup break.

“We still have work to do, but the team is on the right track.”

The “Big Five” European leagues include Ligue 1, the English Premier League and leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany.

In Scotland, Kisnorbo’s fellow Aussie coach, Ange Postecoglou, kept Celtic nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after snatching a late draw away to nearest challengers and most bitter rivals Rangers.

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