PSG’s striker, Cavani, returns with goal
EDINSON Cavani redeemed himself after being dropped for three matches by scoring in Paris Saint Germain’s hard fought 4-2 Ligue 1 victory over Evian on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Uruguayan star — who along with Ezequiel Lavezzi had been suspended after they returned late from Christmas holidays — notched his eighth goal of the campaign as PSG moved above St Etienne into third, four points adrift of leaders Lyon, who beat Lens 2-0 on Saturday.
St Etienne then missed a chance to go back ahead of them when they fought out a 0-0 deadlock at Brittany outfit Rennes.
In lashing, cold rain the two sides mustered a mere two shots on target all night Saint Etienne winger Ricky Van Wolfswinkel the only lively man on the pitch hobbled off after an hour.
Second-placed Marseille — who are ahead of PSG on goal difference — host Guingamp in the weekend’s final match with Ligue 1 looking like it may have a close run title run in this season.
However, title favourites PSG’s overall performance against a team in the relegation zone will still cause coach Laurent Blanc some concern.
“I had the impression that we were waiting for us to be hurt before reacting,” said Blanc.
“We’re happy we won and the three points are primordial.
“However, there are things from the performance to be analysed and resolved.
“It is not in the team’s philosophy to be reacting but rather it is to be creating and be proactive,” added the 49-year-old former France coach.