PARIS (AFP) – Edinson Cavani redeemed himself after being dropped for three matches by scoring in Paris Saint Germain’s hard fought 4-2 Ligue 1 victory over Evian on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Uruguayan star — who along with Ezequiel Lavezzi had been suspended after they returned late from Christmas holidays — notched his eighth goal of the campaign as PSG moved above St Etienne into third, four points adrift of leaders Lyon, who beat Lens 2-0 on Saturday.
St Etienne, though, can go back ahead of them should they beat Rennes later on Sunday while second-placed Marseille — who are ahead of PSG on goal difference — host Guingamp.
However, PSG’s overall performance against a team in the relegation zone will still cause coach Laurent Blanc some concern.
“I had the impression that we were waiting for us to be hurt before reacting,” said Blanc.
“We’re happy we won and the three points are primordial.
“However, there are things from the performance to be analysed and resolved.
“It is not in the team’s philosophy to be reacting but rather it is to be creating and be proactive,” added the 49-year-old former France coach.
The hosts went behind in the 14th minute as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s careless header dropped to an Evian player who fed Cedric Barbosa.
Barbosa eluded Thiago Motta’s tackle and fired in a shot which Salvatore Sirigu went the right way for but he failed to keep the ball out.
Boos rang out round the ground and the fans nerves weren’t eased as Evian goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy produced some remarkable saves to keep them in front.