PSG TURN HEAT ON NICE

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PARIS SAINT-GER­MAIN closed to within a point of lead­ers Nice in Ligue 1 yes­ter­day as Edin­son Ca­vani’s brace se­cured an im­pres­sive 2-1 win away to Lyon. Ca­vani opened the scor­ing with a penalty only for Mathieu Val­buena to equalise, but the Uruguayan headed in the win­ner nine min­utes from time for his 18th goal of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions. Nice, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bas­tia ear­lier in the day, fin­ish the week­end where they started it, on top of the ta­ble, but they are now only a sin­gle point bet­ter off than in-form Monaco and Paris. “We knew it wasn’t go­ing to be easy here but we ended up win­ning. I think our ex­pe­ri­ence made the dif­fer­ence,” PSG mid­fielder Blaise Ma­tu­idi told Canal Plus. Nice were again miss­ing Mario Balotelli against Bas­tia due to a calf in­jury but they went in front at the Al­lianz Riviera when top scorer Alas­sane Plea headed in his eighth of the sea­son early on. How­ever, strug­gling Bas­tia equalised on the hour as Enzo Criv­elli fol­lowed up to score af­ter goal­keeper Yoan Car­di­nale had come out and saved from Yan­nick Cahuzac. “We didn’t get the breaks that have helped us be­fore when we have not played so well,” ad­mit­ted Nice coach Lu­cien Favre. “We scored quite early on and then, maybe sub­con­sciously, we started to re­lax. All our matches against teams to­wards the bot­tom of the ta­ble have been dif­fi­cult.”

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