Neymar, Cavani score as PSG edge Troyes, go 10 points clear
PSG 2 - 0 Troyes

Neymar, Cavani score as PSG edge Troyes, go 10 points clear

29/11/2017

Neymar's fine strike helped Paris St Germain secure a 2-0 win over Troyes to move 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Both Lyon, who lost at relegation-battlers Lille, and Monaco, beaten away by Nantes, had failed to make up any ground in Wednesday's earlier kick-offs.

It looked set to be a frustrating night for Unai Emery's men as Troyes, who saw a goal ruled out for offside, produced an organised display at Parc des Princes before Edinson Cavani had his penalty saved.

Neymar, though, continued to live up to his world-record transfer fee when the Brazil forward lashed in a low, angled effort from just outside the box to finally break the deadlock on 73 minutes, before Cavani added a late second.

PSG, who had won away at champions Monaco over the weekend, started brightly.

Javier Pastore's shot was blocked before Cavani fired over after being played in by a quickly-taken free kick.

Troyes just about cleared their lines after Angel Di Maria had raced clear, but was closed down by the Troyes keeper before Cavani's pass failed to pick out Neymar with the goal unguarded.

The visitors, looking to build on the 3-0 win over Angers and keep moving up the table, almost snatched a shock goal after half an hour when Samuel Grandsir got clear to force a good reaction stop from Kevin Trapp.

When Grandsir did have the ball in the net soon afterwards with a close-range finish, the goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up.

PSG had the chance to take the lead five minutes before half-time when Cavani was tugged back by Karim Azamoum and fell to the floor.

However, goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa guessed right to make a fine low save as Troyes went into the break on level terms.

PSG continued to probe after the restart, but were again left unrewarded as Neymar flashed a 20-yard effort wide.

The Brazilian, though, managed to breakthrough in the 73rd minute when picking the ball up on the left, some 25 yards out, before powering forward and unleashing an angled drive across the keeper and into the far corner.

Troyes substitute Suk Hyun-Jun send a close-range header goalwards, which Trapp pushed away before again being tested by the South Korean.

Any hopes of a dramatic comeback, though, were ended a minute from time when Cavani latched onto a pass from Neymar, who broke down the left and cut into the penalty area, to slot past Samassa and continue PSG's impressive form.

Related news

Kylian Mbappe brace seals comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

Kylian Mbappe brace seals comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score twice as French champions Paris Saint-Germain made a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Tim Weah joins Neymar on target as PSG begin Ligue 1 campaign with win

Tim Weah joins Neymar on target as PSG begin Ligue 1 campaign with win

Paris Saint-Germain began their Ligue 1 title defence in style with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Caen on Sunday, with goals from Neymar, Adrien Rabiot and Timothy Weah.

Marseille thrash Toulouse with help of VAR and Dimitri Payet double

Marseille thrash Toulouse with help of VAR and Dimitri Payet double

Marseille kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Toulouse at the Stade Velodrome on Friday, courtesy a brace from French playmaker Dimitri Payet and a penalty awarded by the video assistant.

PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes

PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes

Thomas Tuchel made a winning start to life as coach of Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-0 win over AS Monaco in the French Super Cup at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon has begun his new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain following 17 years with Juventus.

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Nice have officially named Patrick Vieira as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

A second-half hat-trick from Memphis Depay in a 3-2 victory over Nice secured Champions League football for Lyon on the final weekend of Ligue 1 action.

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain crashed to their first home defeat of the season since March 2016 as Rennes clinched a Europa League place with a shock 2-0 win.

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

A last-gap Fabinho penalty earned Monaco a 1-0 home win over St Etienne on Saturday as the principality side moved up to second in Ligue 1 with one game remaining.

RELATED NEWS

Kylian Mbappe brace seals comeback win for PSG at Guingamp
Guingamp 1 - 3 PSG

Kylian Mbappe brace seals comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score twice as French champions Paris Saint-Germain made a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Tim Weah joins Neymar on target as PSG begin Ligue 1 campaign with win
PSG 3 - 0 Caen

Tim Weah joins Neymar on target as PSG begin Ligue 1 campaign with win

Paris Saint-Germain began their Ligue 1 title defence in style with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Caen on Sunday, with goals from Neymar, Adrien Rabiot and Timothy Weah.

Marseille thrash Toulouse with help of VAR and Dimitri Payet double
Marseille 4 - 0 Toulouse

Marseille thrash Toulouse with help of VAR and Dimitri Payet double

Marseille kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Toulouse at the Stade Velodrome on Friday, courtesy a brace from French playmaker Dimitri Payet and a penalty awarded by the video assistant.

PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes
PSG 4 - 0 Monaco

PSG thrash Monaco to win French Super Cup as Neymar plays 15 minutes

Thomas Tuchel made a winning start to life as coach of Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-0 win over AS Monaco in the French Super Cup at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40
PSG news

Gianluigi Buffon seals move to join Paris Saint-Germain at age 40

Gianluigi Buffon has begun his new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain following 17 years with Juventus.

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit
Nice news

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Nice have officially named Patrick Vieira as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot
Lyon 3 - 2 Nice

Depay hat-tricks helps Lyon down Nice to secure Champions League spot

A second-half hat-trick from Memphis Depay in a 3-2 victory over Nice secured Champions League football for Lyon on the final weekend of Ligue 1 action.

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes
PSG 0 - 2 Rennes

PSG slump to first home league defeat of season against Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain crashed to their first home defeat of the season since March 2016 as Rennes clinched a Europa League place with a shock 2-0 win.

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty
Monaco 1-0 St Etienne

Monaco up to second thanks to Fabinho's late penalty

A last-gap Fabinho penalty earned Monaco a 1-0 home win over St Etienne on Saturday as the principality side moved up to second in Ligue 1 with one game remaining.