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Ligue 1: Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain Shut Down Lille OSC

LILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 28: Edinson Cavani of PSG celebrates his winning goal with Angel Di Maria (on his back) and Blaise Matuidi (left) during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on October 28, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

The Edinson Cavani show continued over at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France as Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain inflicted more misery on a sorry season for Frederic Antonetti’s Lille OSC, 1-0, in Ligue 1 play. Cavani scored a rocket in the 65th minute of play for his ninth of the season to lead all goalscorers.

The scoreline will go down as quite flattering for the hosts, as Paris dominated a number of categories, including possession (65.9% to 34.1%), shots (17 to 10), shots on target (seven to one), successful pass percentage (84.9% to 72.5%) passes (590 to 298) and corners taken (four to two).

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“It was not an easy game against a Lille side that defended well,” said Emery. “Even if we created numerous chances in the first half, we didn’t manage to put them away. But we maintained the same rhythm after the interval. Though we lacked a clinical edge, I’m happy, because we created a lot of chances. It’s important for our confidence to reclaim second place.”

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“You saw a better Paris than the one against Marseille last Sunday,” argued PSG defender Marquinhos to Canal+. “We were more in control and more aggressive than against Marseille. Lille managed to create some situations from set-pieces. From our side, we created a lot of chances, and we ended up settling it after the break. It’s up to us to find new options to beat these teams who play in a very compact manner.”

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“You have to focus on the three points,” said defender Thomas Meunier. “It’s not easy against a side that is so compact and plays so deep. We managed to put away one of our chances, and that is what made the difference. Personally, I felt very good, especially in the second half.”

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“We played very well, we dominated the game,” affirmed PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi. “We had possession and created opportunities. We’re aware we can do better. This evening, our performance was in a similar vein to that we produced against Marseille. We had a lot of chances, and we gave them very few. The difference was that we scored.”

More production will be necessary when Paris Saint-Germain travel to Basel, Switzerland to take on FC Basel in UEFA Champions League play. That match is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 12:45 p.m. PT/3:45 p.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between FC Basel and Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Lucas Moura will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Edinson Cavani will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Alphonse Areola will make at least four saves.
  • At least four cards will be issued.
  • At least 45 fouls will be whistled.
  • Thomas Meunier will score for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Seydou Doumbia will score for FC Basel.
  • No goals will be scored in the first 15 minutes.
  • No goals will be scored in the last 15 minutes and stoppage time.
  • Tomas Vaclik will make under five saves.

Paris Saint-Germain 3, FC Basel 1

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