In front of a record crowd at the Parc des Prices last Sunday night, Paris Saint-Germain recorded a fifth straight league win thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Saint-Etienne.
After that 0-0 stalemate versus Real Madrid a few days prior, the champions were back amongst the goals and have stretched the lead at the top to seven points ahead of second-placed Angers.
Layvin Kurzawa who was handed a rare start in place of Maxwell opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and thus registering his first Parisian goal. As quoted by the club’s official site, he said after the game; “I’m very happy to have scored, especially since it opened the scoring this evening. We played well against a very good side. We enjoyed the majority of the possession and took our chances. We wanted to score as many goals as possible and we can still improve in front of goal. We have the players to win matches so we have to get as close as possible to perfection. Personally, I’m having a ball in this team.”
And the Frenchman had every right to have a ball because PSG were comfortable throughout. Les Verts have proved to be a stubborn opponent but we were always in the ascendency.
We made it 2-0 just after the break thanks to Edinson Cavani. A standard defensive clearance caught defender Loic Perrin unawares as Zlatan Ibrahimovic then latched onto the ball and unselfishly teed up his Uruguayan teammate.
20 minutes later, ‘El Matador’ returned the favour for the big Swede who made it 3-0 and in the process joined Cavani in joint-second in the Ligue 1 scoring charts with seven goals.
Marco Verratti’s comical own goal six minutes later did not prove to be a worry and Lucas Moura wrapped things with up with a header that goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier should have saved minutes from time.
Next up on Friday a trip to Rennes before that mammoth return clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu a week tonight.