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Ligue 1: Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain Shut Down Bordeaux In The Shade

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (C) flanked by Paris Saint-Germain's Belgian defender Thomas Meunier (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin acknowledge the crowd at the end of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on October 1, 2016. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

This time, Edinson Cavani and Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain will head into an international break with winning momentum. A brace from the Uruguayan international in the third and 30th minutes powered PSG to a clinical 2-0 shutout win over Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaux. In fact, it could have been a more pronounced scoreline for the Champions of France had it not been for the defensive clinic that ensued in the second half, as well as their wasteful finishing.

The first goal, in the third minute of play, was courtesy of a cross from Angel Di Maria, sent to the center where Cavani headed it coolly into the bottom right corner. In the 30th minute, Layvin Kurzawa, who had some form as a scorer himself, showed his ability as a provider and delivered a feed to Cavani, who walked it into the bottom right corner.

Statistics-wise, the scoreline has to flatter Bordeaux because they were dominated in the statistics. Paris dominated in possession (67.7% to 32.3%), shots (14 to six), shots on target (seven to two), successful pass percentage (91.5% to 80.4%), passes (808 to 393) and corner kicks (11 to two). This was not a close game and the scoreline doesn’t do the stats justice on the grounds of Paris’s poor finishing and Bordeaux’s brave defending, specifically the shot stopping of goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso, who was aformentioned previously on TST.

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At the same time, it’s not good for Paris Saint-Germain going forward that the team has to depend of Edinson Cavani to keep the club’s title defense hopes alive. News flash: PSG must spread the ball around and other players need to step up. Lucas Moura, Angel Di Maria, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and even Adrien Rabiot will need to ramp up their form and find the net themselves.

In competitions such as Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League, serious contenders have balanced scoring and don’t just depend on one forward to shoulder all the goals. When PSG’s supporting cast steps up and produce, it takes a lot of pressure off Cavani because he knows that the rest of the team can lift itself up. For the time being, the win will give Paris confidence heading to their next match in less than a fortnight from now…against lowly AS Nancy Lorraine.

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