PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Edinson Cavani bagged his 100th goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Angers on Wednesday to keep the reigning Ligue 1 champions hot on the heels of leaders Nice.
Cavani scored from the spot, adding to Thiago Silva’s opener to round off a win for the Parisians, who trail Nice by a solitary point after the Cote d’Azur table-toppers handed Guingamp a first home defeat.
Uruguayan Cavani’s big moment came after Hatem Ben Arfa strode forward on a mazy run only to be brought down by Romain Thomas.
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The goal machine, having made it 19 goals in 18 matches so far this season, promptly earned a booking for taking off his shirt to reveal a T-shirt slogan paying homage to Brazilian side Chapecoense, the club decimated by an air crash in Colombia.
Cavani joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for a French record fee of €64 million and now is the club’s fourth top goalscorer — now just one adrift of Dominique Rocheteau.
Out in front with 156 is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who left for Manchester United last summer.
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“It was a very important match, for the three points, for the table because we were at home and it was important to be strong for the fans,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.
Meanwhile, Moroccan Younes Belhanda bagged the only goal for Nice, this season’s surprise package, in the fifth minute with a sumptuous strike from the edge of the box.
They won in the absence of the injured Mario Balotelli, who has a calf problem.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2016.
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