Edinson Cavani on the mark again as PSG progress in Cup
Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani scored his second goal in as many games since being restored to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up as PSG reached the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux.
Paris: Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani scored his second goal in as many games since being restored to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up as PSG reached the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux.
Cavani -- who along with Argentinian international Ezequiel Lavezzi were left out for three games by coach Laurent Blanc for returning late from the Christmas holidays -- gave the hosts a 14th minute lead which was doubled by Javier Pastore, also registering his second goal in as many matches.
Bordeaux reduced the deficit two minutes into the second-half but PSG held on, despite having defender Zoumana Camara sent off seven minutes from time, in a far more assured performance than they have produced over the past few weeks.
Their victory was achieved despite Blanc not starting first team regulars such as Thiago Motta, David Luiz and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, preferring to give them some rest ahead of the champions pivotal Ligue 1 clash with highflying St Etienne this weekend.
Blanc will have taken some pleasure at seeing St Etienne having to go to extra-time in their match on Wednesday with second tier Tours before prevailing 5-3.
St Etienne`s Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel -- who endured a miserable time in the English Premier League last season after a big money move to Norwich -- scored a double.
Indeed Tours came closest to pulling off a shock as all the other Ligue 1 clubs progressed including holders Guingamp, who beat second division Chateauroux 2-0.
There was no fairytale for the conquerors of Marseille in the previous round as an injury-depleted Grenoble side, from the fourth tier, lost to third division Boulogne.
On Tuesday league leaders Lyon`s hopes of the domestic double this season ended as a hat-trick by Vincent Bessat gave Ligue 1 rivals Nantes a 3-2 victory in a thrilling round of 32 French Cup clash.
The 29-year-old -- who was born in Lyon -- scored the winner two minutes from the end of normal time to book the `Canaries` place in the last 16.
Quevilly, the team that Lyon beat to win the 2012 French Cup, produced another famous exploit as the fourth division French side claimed the scalp of Ligue 1 side Bastia, holding their nerve to prevail 3-1 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra-time.