Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain lead with a Penalty goal in 1st half as well as an injury scare ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bordeaux.
Unlike Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Kylian Mbappe, Cavani started at the Parc des Princes but Cavani only lasted 45 minutes on pitch before subbed off an injury.
His injury departure came moments after he converted a first-half penalty following Nicolas de Preville’s tactless challenge on the predatory Thomas Meunier.
The loss of Cavani seemed to affect PSG after the restart as they struggled to reaffirm their dominance, Gianluigi Buffon needing to make a number of saves to ensure their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 grew to 13 points.
PSG XI: Gianluigi Buffon, D.Alves, E. Cavani, Thiago Silva, Choupo-Moting, Verratti, T. Meunier, P. Kimpembe, Nkunku, Stanley N’Soki, M. Diaby
Subs: A. Areola, Kurzawa, Leandro Paredes, K. Mbappé, C. Dagba, A. Toufiqui
Bordeaux XI: Briand, Benoit Costil, Sankhare, De Preville, Pablo, Y. Sabaly, Sergi Palencia, Otávio, Kamano, T. Bašić, J. Koundé
Subs: Poundje, A. Cornelius, Jovanovic, G. Poussin, Josh Maja, Yacine Adli, A. Tchouaméni
Both sets of players pay tribute to Emiliano Sala before the game
9′ Silva’s shot cleared by Pablo at the goal-line
Bordeaux failed to clear their lines from a corner, allowing Dani Alves to whip in a cross that his compatriot Silva met at the back post. The defender cushioned a volley goalwards, but Pablo was on hand to hook it clear.
21′ Cavani wastes a good chance
PSG should be 1-0 up, but – after latching onto a clever pass from Verratti – Cavani can only prod his effort wide on the half-volley.
24′ CHANCE! Choupo-Moting’s shot saved
Nkunku tees up Choupo-Moting, who diverts a first-time effort on target. Somehow, though, Costil gets a hand to it, with Bordeaux then scrambling it clear at the second attempt.
42′ Penalty Goal! PSG 1-0 Bordeaux (Cavani)
Another wonderful Verratti pass creates the chance, with Meunier driving into the box before taking a deft touch before waiting for De Previle to barge into him.
No mistake from Cavani, who gives Costil no chance with an emphatic finish into the right-hand corner.
46′ Injured Cavani replaced by Mbappe
Mbappe comes on in place of the injured Cavani, who may now be a doubt for PSG’s clash with Manchester United in midweek, after injuring himself when he took the penalty.
59′ SAVE! Buffon denies Kamano’s long shot
Bordeaux catch PSG cold on the counter, with Kamano then found in plenty of space in the area. Despite having time to set himself, however, the winger sends his effort well over.