There was no Champions League hangover for Paris Saint-Germain who romped to their biggest win of the season over Lille this afternoon. Ezequiel Lavezzi netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Les Dogues. Edinson Cavani netted a brace and Maxwell got one for himself. The victory takes us three points ahead of Lyon at the top of the table with five games left to play.
It was a fluid, ruthless performance from the champions. Thiago Motta returned to the side after his injury. He was in as captain and put in a sterling performance. His presence was a real asset during the 66 minutes he had on the pitch. The front three of Cavani, Lavezzi and Javier Pastore were superb. There was a real chemistry from them all game as they gave the LOSC defenders a torrid time.
It only took 30 second for us to take the lead. Serge Aurier, who had to go off with injury during the first-half, saw his cross allude Cavani but Maxwell was there to rifle home past Vincent Enyeama.
Minutes later, it was 2-0! El Matador conjured up the most beautiful of chips over the goalkeeper to his sheer elation. The Uruguayan excelled all game under the prying of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was watching from the stands due to his suspension.
Lille’s poor defensive line was a reason for their downfall. Centre-back Simon Kjaer especially was at fault for the second goal by playing Cavani onside.
The third was exquisite. Motta was key to this as his through ball was weighted exceptionally for Edi to run onto with the striker showing an unselfish side by squaring to his former Naples teammate Lavezzi to net his first of the game.
The energy from the lads was too much for the visitors. Blaise Matuidi’s attitude to beat Florent Balmont towards the byline was key in us netting the fourth. The Frenchman pulled it back for Lavezzi who finished with aplomb.
After the break, the away side netted a consolation but PSG were not going to show any jitters by netting another two goals thanks to a Cavani penalty and Lavezzi completing his hat-trick. It could quite easily have been more and credit to the players for the way they bounced back after the midweek disappointment.