Cavani puts PSG in touch with Monaco

PARIS: Edinson Cavani scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 4-0 win over Guingamp on Sunday to maintain their pursuit of Monaco in the French title race. After a goalless first half at the Parc des Princes, Angel Di Maria gave PSG the lead in the 56th minute before Cavani doubled the advantage on the hour mark. The Uruguayan struck again with 20 minutes left, his 29th goal in 29 league appearances this season also his 42nd goal in all competitions, a remarkable total.
Blaise Matuidi then sealed a comfortable victory for Unai Emery’s side on a glorious spring evening in the French capital, and Paris climb back above Nice into second place in Ligue 1, three points behind leaders Monaco with seven matches remaining.
Nice, who are a further point back in third but have played a game more, came from behind to win 2-1 at Lille on Friday thanks to a Mario Balotelli double, while Radamel Falcao’s goal gave Monaco a 1-0 win at Angers on Saturday.
Monaco now go to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, while PSG are still recovering from the trauma of their European exit at the hands of Barcelona last month. They are still in contention to win a clean sweep of the domestic honours for a third season running, however, with the League Cup already in the bag after last week’s 4-1 win over Monaco in the final in Lyon.
Guingamp, the modest mid-table club from Brittany who like PSG are into the semifinals of the French Cup, are the last French team to have beaten the capital side. Elsewhere in France on Sunday, Marseille’s prospects of European qualification took a hit as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Toulouse and Saint-Etienne’s own European prospects were not helped as they drew 1-1 at home to Nantes. — AFP