PSG bounce back from League Cup exit with win at Amiens

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PARIS: Edin­son Ca­vani and Kylian Mbappe scored as Paris Saint- Ger­main re­sponded to their shock mid­week League Cup de­feat by claim­ing a 3- 0 win at Amiens on Satur­day to move 13 points clear at the Ligue 1 sum­mit.

PSG had seen their bid for a sixth straight League Cup ti­tle ended in mid­week by strug­gling Guingamp at the Parc des Princes, but were too strong for a dogged Amiens.

The reign­ing French cham­pi­ons re­main un­beaten after 18 games of the league sea­son, and sit 13 points ahead of sec­ond-placed Lille, with two games in hand.

“What can we win in a game against Guingamp? Noth­ing, we had ev­ery­thing to lose,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

“If we had won 1- 0, ev­ery­one would have said, ‘ It’s only 1- 0 against Guingamp at the Parc des Princes’, no one would say bravo.

“Our chal­lenge is to do things by be­ing very fo­cused... It’s hard to play, even to­day, with the men­tal­ity to start again.”

Tuchel left Ney­mar out of the squad for the trip to the Stade de la Li­corne to rest a sore knee, and his side strug­gled to cre­ate any chances of note in a drab first half.

“He had pain in his knee and couldn’t feel free in his move­ments,” said Tuchel. “He’s been with us since Jan­uary 4.

“He’s played two games. It was too risky (to play), it’s more im­por­tant that he’s not hurt and he can do a week (train­ing) with us in Doha.”

PSG were gifted an op­por­tu­nity to take the lead in the 57th minute when An­gel Di Maria’s pow­er­ful shot struck the arm of a slid­ing Alexis Blin from barely a yard away, with the cap­i­tal club awarded a penalty just three days after con­ced­ing three against Guingamp.

Ca­vani stepped up to slot the ball into the mid­dle of the net and score his 14th goal of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions.

An up­hil l bat­tle be­came a moun­tain­ous one for the home team when Mbappe was hauled down by Khaled Ade­non, and after the World Cup win­ner ges­tured to the ref­eree to send off the Amiens wing-back, the of­fi­cial obliged by show­ing the 33-year- old a sec­ond yel­low card.

It did not take long for Mbappe to take full ad­van­tage of Ade­non’s dis­missal him­self, as Ca­vani found space on the right and crossed low for the for­ward to tap in his 18th goal this term.

Amiens’ hopes of gett ing some­thing from the game had long van­ished when PSG cen­tre-back Mar­quin­hos ven­tured for­ward to di­vert home Ju­lian Draxler’s cut­back to make it three with 11 min­utes to play.

On Fri­day, Lille had con­sol­i­dated sec­ond spot with a 3-1 win at Caen, while third-placed Lyon were held at home by Reims.

For­mer Arse­nal and Barcelona star Cesc Fabre­gas could make his de­but for Thierry Henry’s strug­gling Monaco at Mar­seille on Sun­day after join­ing on a three­and-a-half year deal from Chelsea. — AFP

Paris Saint-Ger­main’s French for­ward Kylian Mbappe (left) fights for the ball with Amiens’ French mid­fielder Alexis Blin (R) dur­ing the French L1 foot­ball match be­tween Amiens and Paris at the Li­corne sta­dium in Amiens. — AFP photo

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