PARIS (AFP) – Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani’s first goal in five games helped Paris Saint Germain to a 2-0 win over Nantes on Wednesday and a place in the French Cup quarter-finals.
Cavani, criticised for a poor performance in front of goal for the two-time defending champions against league leaders Lyon in Sunday’s 1-1 draw, struck in the 19th minute with French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye adding a second in the 34th minute.
Cavani, who PSG coach Laurent Blanc had said needed to be helped to get him back on form again, headed home after he ran on to David Luiz’ freekick.
Cabaye’s goal sent the hosts into cruise mode 15 minutes later when, after a poor punch by Nantes ‘keeper Maxime Dupe, the ball fell to him.
Cabaye needed no second invitation with the goalkeeper on the ground and fired into the net.
However, the former Newcastle star had to be taken off at half-time owing to a groin problem, though, Blanc said it was more a precaution ahead of PSG’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Chelsea next week in Paris.
PSG’s reward for Wednesday’s win is a tough looking home quarter-final against Monaco, who beat Rennes 3-1.
Holders Guingamp came within seconds of an embarrassing defeat to fourth-tier Yzeure.
However, Christophe Mandanne saved their honour with an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time to take it into extra time.
Mandanne then popped up to add a second in the 97th minute and Jeremy Pied, who had been instrumental in the build-up to the second goal, added a third three minutes later.
For Yzeure it was the second time in as many seasons they had let a 1-0 lead slip against Ligue 1 opponents, having led Lyon 1-0 in the round of 32 last term only to lose by the same 3-1 scoreline.