Cavani strikes again as PSG go second
By D. Crossan
Edinson Cavani scored his ninth goal of the season as Paris Saint-Germain weathered a Nancy fightback to win 2-1 at the bottom club and go second in the table.
PSG took the points yet were made to sweat towards the finish as their performance tailed off following a strong opening which saw Lucas give them a 13th-minute lead and Cavani add a second five minutes later. Nancy stepped up their intensity levels after that and pulled a goal back when Alou Diarra marked his debut with a headed goal ten minutes after half-time.
Lucas' fifth league goal of the season was a curling free-kick from the left which nobody got a touch to, as PSG's Cavani and Grzegorz Krychowiak missed it and it went through the legs of home defender Erick Cabaco on the way to lodging in Guy Roland Ndy Assembé's net.
Five minutes later Nancy were architects of their own downfall as captain Michaël Chrétien headed an Alphonse Areola punt Cavani's way and the Uruguyan international forward provided the perfect one-touch finish to lift it over Ndy Assembé.
Nancy improved and Areola tipped over an Anthony Koura shot just beyond the half-hour and the same player fired wide from a tight angle approaching the interval. Pressing the champions led to PSG making mistakes. In the 55th minute Presnel Kimpembe, playing out of position at left-back, conceded a free-kick and Benoît Pedretti swung it over for his fellow 35-year-old midfielder Diarra to head into the corner.
Relegated to the English third-tier with Charlton last season this was the former Ligue 1 champion with OL and Bordeaux's first Ligue 1 goal since one for Olympique de Marseille in early 2012.
Cavani had a couple more efforts for PSG, though became frustrated as he was frequently caught offside and Unai Emery's men survived a vociferous penalty appeal ten minutes from time to hold onto the spoils.
THE PLAYER: Edinson Cavani
El Matador now has 13 goals in his last nine outings for club and country and the outrageous shot he attempted from near halfway in the second half was proof of the forward's sky-high confidence.
THE STAT: 3
Diarra's goal meant bottom club Nancy have scored in three of their nine Ligue 1 matches in 2016-2017.