Cavani at the double again as PSG see off Bordeaux
REUTERS - Edinson Cavani scored a double for the second game running to fire Paris St Germain to a 2-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday as the Ligue 1 champions reasserted their title bid after a stuttering start.
Unai Emery's side put the memory of last week's surprise 2-0 defeat at Toulouse firmly behind them by racing into an early lead when Cavani rose to head home Angel di Maria's cross in the third minute.
The Uruguayan doubled the lead on the half-hour mark by helping Layvin Kurzawa's pass into the net with a clever flick of the heel, grabbing his eighth league goal of the season and adding to his double in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Cavani became the top scorer in Ligue 1, moving two goals clear of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette and Metz's Mevluet Erdinc.
PSG provisionally go second in Ligue 1 on 16 points, ahead of Monaco on goal difference. Monaco visit Metz later on Saturday, while leaders Nice host Lorient on Sunday.
"Getting the three points was more important than our performance today," Emery told Canal Plus.
"We had the same plan in both halves but we had more possession in the first half and created a lot of chances.
"The two goals gave us confidence and tranquillity for the rest of the game and we had the same plan in the second half as we wanted another goal to put us at ease. We played with a lot of confidence and played very well."
Saturday's game saw PSG's hardcore 'Ultra' supporters return to the Parc des Princes for the first time since they were banned in 2010 and they were in good voice from start to finish.
Cavani's early headed goal only turned up the volume and PSG's confidence rocketed as they dominated possession and created chances from all over the pitch, with Lucas Moura and Thomas Meunier each coming close before the Uruguayan pounced again.
Bordeaux managed to stem the tide of PSG attacks after the break and it took an impressive block from goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to prevent the visiting side from pulling a goal back with five minutes remaining.
Before then Di Maria had a goal ruled out for offside at the other end as PSG searched for a third, but their two-goal cushion provided by an insatiable Cavani proved more than enough.
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Clare Fallon)