PARIS: Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in "Le Classique" to move second in Ligue 1.
A Stade Velodrome record 65,252 packed into the stands in the hopes of seeing a Marseille side buoyed by fresh investment and the return of Dimitri Payet derail their old rival's title charge.
But the vociferous home fans were silenced after just six minutes when skipper Thiago Silva rose to powerfully nod the ball back across goal and fellow Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed home unchallenged.
Payet had Marseille's first real chance when he flashed a long-distance strike just wide on the quarter hour.
A minute later, however, it was 2-0 when the Argentine attacking midfielder Javier Pastore cleverly dinked the ball through to Cavani, who poked in past the advancing Yohann Pele in the home goal to continue his deadly form in front of goal.
It was the Uruguayan predator's 35th goal in all competitions this term and 26th in the league.
The second half was more of the same and it was 3-0 on 50 minutes when another Brazilian, Lucas Moura, profited from poor defending to prod in from close range.
Emery replaced Pastore with Draxler early in the second half and just after the hour the German international made it 4-0, firing in first time after a pinpoint Thomas Meunier cross.
Marseille grabbed a 70th-minute consolation through Rod Fanni, before Matuidi made it a rout with the goal of the night, steering the ball into the top corner from just outside the box.
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