Cavani stars as holders PSG reach final

Coupe de la Ligue
24/01/2017

By D. Crossan

Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani both scored twice as holders Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Bordeaux 4-1 at The Matmut Atlantique to reach the Coupe de la Ligue final.

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THE MATCH

Chasing a fourth successive Coupe de la Ligue trophy, PSG ran away with it in the second half against the three-time champions. Cavani, also the scorer of a brace in Ligue 1 at Nantes on Saturday, now has 28 goals in all competitions for PSG this season.

Bordeaux made a decent start and Malcom was left to rue spurning a fifth-minute chance when Angel Di Maria, recalled to the PSG starting eleven, curled in a magnificent 19th-minute free-kick that bounced in off the bar and outfoxed Bordeaux goalkeeper Jérôme Prior.

Prior prevailed in a one-on-one with Blaise Matuidi and Lucas then slid a shot wide as the capital club attempted to extend their lead. As it was, Bordeaux equalised 13 minutes before the interval as François Kamano, played in by a tremendous scooped Malcom pass, set up Diego Rolan to score into the empty net for the first goal PSG have conceded in 2017.

Guinean international Kamano had an attempt blocked by Maxwell at the start of the second half before Cavani took over. On the hour mark Cavani's movement took him away from marker Nicolas Pallois and onto a Lucas ball in behind.  The Uruguayan finished powerfully at the near post off the underside of the bar.

Cavani's double arrived a quarter of an hour later after a Di Maria corner. Thiago Silva nodded it Marquinhos' way and the defender knocked it back into the middle for Cavani to finish despite Prior getting something onto the ball.

Di Maria added the gloss in the 81st minute as he played a long-distance one-two with Cavani and then shot from outside of the box. Again the ball struck the woodwork on its way in, this time off the post.

Monaco or Nancy will face PSG in the final at Parc OL on April 1. PSG entertain Ligue 1 leaders Monaco on Sunday in the league and this was the perfect tune-up for the reigning champions.

THE PLAYER: Edinson Cavani

Cavani's first Coupe de la Ligue goals of the season came as no surprise. The 29-year-old has a love affair with the competition, having netted doubles in both the 2014 and 2015 finals.

THE STAT: 6

PSG have won the Coupe de la Ligue a record six times.

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