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Cavani breaks record as Neymar nets double

  • Published at 10:52 am January 28th, 2018
Cavani breaks record as Neymar nets double
Edinson Cavani became Paris St Germain's all-time top scorer and Neymar signalled his returned from injury with a double as the capital side extended their Ligue 1 lead to 11 points with a 4-0 home demolition of Montpellier Saturday. The Uruguay striker, who joined the club in 2013, struck in the 11th minute as he tapped in from Adrien Rabiot's cross to move past the record of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his 157th goal in his 229th game in all competitions for PSG. Neymar, who had missed the three previous games through injury, found the back of the net each way of the interval and Angel di Maria also scored, putting PSG on 59 points from 23 games. Second-placed Olympique Lyonnais, on 48 points, travel to Girondins de Bordeaux and third-placed Olympique de Marseille take on Monaco, fourth, Sunday. At the Parc des Princes, Montpellier entered the pitch with the best defence in the league with 15 goals conceded in 22 matches, but their back four were torn up by the home forwards. Cavani beat Ibrahimovic's record of 156 goals for PSG from close range before Neymar doubled the tally from the penalty spot after Pedro Mendes was sanctioned for handball in the area five minutes from the break. Referee Frank Schneider congratulated Cavani on his record but still showed him a yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration. Di Maria added a third from Thomas Meunier's cross with 20 minutes left as PSG continued to pile on the pressure. Neymar scored the last goal with his knee as he latched onto Cavani's cross eight minutes from time. PSG have now scored 72 league goals, more than any team in the five major European league. RESULTS PSG 4 (Cavani 11, Neymar 40-P, 82, Di Maria 70) Montpellier 0 Angers 1 (Capelle 6) Amiens 0 St-Etienne 2 (Ntep 35, Bamba 78) Caen 1 (Rodelin 11) Toulouse 1 (Sanogo 11) Troyes 0 Guingamp 0 Nantes 3 (Thomasson 61, Sala 86-P, Ngom 90+2) Metz 2 (Roux 50, 62) Nice 1 (Balotelli 58-P)   SUNDAY'S MATCHES Lille v Strasbourg, Bordeaux v Lyon and Marseille v Monaco   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts PSG 23 19 2 2 55 59 Lyon 22 14 6 2 29 48 Marseille 22 14 5 3 23 47 Monaco 22 14 4 4 29 46