Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Cavani stars for PSG

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

PARIS (AP):

Edinson Cavani scored twice as unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain overcame a slow start to beat Nantes 4-1 and move six points clear at the top of the French league yesterday.

With Brazil star Neymar having a quiet game, and missing a late chance, it was left to Cavani and playmaker Javier Pastore to shatter one of the league's best defences.

Angel Di Maria and Pastore added the other goals for a free-scoring PSG team that has 43 goals in just 13 games. Cavani continued his prolific start to the season and has a league-leading 15 goals. With 19 in 17 overall, he is on course to beat his career-best 49 last season.

With defending champions Monaco held to a 1-1 draw away to Amiens on Friday night, PSG are already in a strong position to reclaim the title, having won it four straight seasons until Monaco ended that run.

Coach Claudio Ranieri's Nantes side came into the match with the third best defence in Ligue 1, having let in only nine goals in 12 games.

A defence well-marshalled by centre back Diego Carlos contained PSG's attacks well and neutralised the threat of Neymar in a confident opening 30-minute spell, but then Nantes started giving the ball away carelessly.