Ca­vani scores and gets in­jured in PSG’s win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Striker Edin­son Ca­vani got in­jured mo­ments af­ter he scored Paris Sain­tGer­main’s sec­ond goal with a bril­liant in­stinc­tive lob in a 4-0 win against Rennes on Sun­day in the French league.

The win moved PSG three points be­hind leader Nice, which ear­lier lost 1-0 at Caen for its first league de­feat of the sea­son. Monaco is sec­ond, level on 26 points with third-placed PSG af­ter 12 rounds.

PSG’s other goals came from Marco Ver­ratti’s vol­ley and fel­low midfielder Adrien Rabiot’s firm strike in the sec­ond half, with an own-goal from Rennes midfielder Gel­son Fer­nan­des putting PSG ahead in the 31st minute.

The de­feat could have been worse for an in­sipid Rennes side mus­ter­ing just one shot on tar­get. PSG right back Serge Aurier hit the cross­bar twice and midfielder Thi­ago Motta headed against the post.

Although the score was com­fort­able, Rennes gifted PSG the first two goals. The first came when Fer­nan­des put the ball into his own net, af­ter Ca­vani’s pow­er­ful glanc­ing header from a cor­ner bounced off the cross­bar and landed near Fer­nan­des.

Ear­lier in the first half, Fer­nan­des had done re­mark­ably well to head Thi­ago Silva’s point-blank header off the line. His own goal was fol­lowed by a ghastly er­ror from captain Pe­dro Men­des in the 42nd.

Men­des tried to pass out from the back but gave it straight to Ca­vani, some 25 me­ters (yards) out. Ca­vani had very lit­tle time to re­act and showed great aware­ness as he turned to lob goal­keeper Benoit Cos­til with a curl­ing shot. Mo­ments af­ter net­ting his league-lead­ing 11th goal of the sea­son, the Uruguay striker clutched the back of his right thigh and was re­placed by Span­ish for­ward Jese. Cos­til was beaten again, this time from nearly 30 me­ters out when Rabiot’s low shot skid­ded in off his arm in the 67th. Sub­sti­tute Hatem Ben Arfa set up the fourth, clev­erly pick­ing out Ver­ratti near the penalty spot in the 79th.

CAEN 1, NICE O

It seems Mario Balotelli’s luck ran out. Croa­t­ian striker Ivan San­tini’s penalty put Nor­mandy side Caen ahead near half­time, and Balotelli - who had six goals in five league games be­fore the match - hit the post with a first-time shot in the 63rd.

Mo­ments ear­lier, he set up strike part­ner Alas­sane Plea, whose curl­ing ef­fort went just over. “There weren’t many chances but some­times two chances is enough, and we had them,” Nice coach Lu­cien Favre said. “Caen was very tight at the back, with five de­fend­ers. It was very hard to get past them.” Favre re­fused to blame fa­tigue, de­spite his team play­ing in the Europa League on Thurs­day night. He said it was more a case of im­pa­tience. “It’s noth­ing to do with fa­tigue,” he said. “You have to stay pa­tient in games, other­wise you for­get cer­tain things, you be­come dis­or­ga­nized and that’s not great.”

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