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Ear­lier, a hotly con­tested Ver­ratti goal helped PSG to a com­fort­able 5-0 win over bot­tom club Bas­tia.

Lu­cas Moura smashed a shot off the wood­work and then opened the scor­ing just af­ter the half-hour mark, be­fore the con­tro­ver­sial mo­ment when the hosts went 2-0 up.

With Blaise Ma­tu­idi down in the Bas­tia area and the ball hav­ing gone out for a throw, vis­it­ing goal­keeper Jean-Louis Leca went to check on the PSG mid­fielder.

How­ever, the hosts took the throw quickly and Ver­ratti smashed a shot into the net from the edge of the area, catch­ing out Leca.

The goal­keeper ran to protest to the ref­eree but was booked for his trou­bles.

The game did not come to life again un­til the last 20 min­utes, with Goncalo Guedes set­ting up Ca­vani to make it 3-0 be­fore the Uruguayan had a penalty saved.

Good work by sub­sti­tute Gio­vani Lo Celso al­lowed Mar­quin­hos to get the fourth, and af­ter Lo Celso hit the bar with a vol­ley, Ca­vani scored again.

Bas­tia and Nancy lie in the au­to­matic rel­e­ga­tion spots with Di­jon in the play-off place af­ter los­ing 4-0 at Guingamp.

Di­jon are two points adrift of Lori­ent, who drew 1-1 at home to Angers, while Caen are a point fur­ther clear as Ivan San­tini’s goal se­cured a 1-0 win at Toulouse.

Metz are safe thanks to their 20 win at Lille. AFP


Monaco’s Bernardo Silva (left) cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter scor­ing against Nancy in their Ligue 1 match on Satur­day.

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