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Cavani scores twice as PSG beat Nantes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/01/2017 Jerome Pugmire

Edinson Cavani punished Nantes for missing clear chances by scoring both goals as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 away from home to move one point behind Ligue 1 leader Nice.

Cavani is thriving now that he is out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow and has 20 league goals in 19 games this season - the most he has scored since joining PSG from Napoli for more than 60 million euros in the summer of 2013.

Cavani has 26 goals in as many games in all competitions this season and is on track to beat his career-best mark of 38 in his final season with Napoli.

Cavan's first goal came when he finished off a flowing move and a first-time cross from Brazilian winger Lucas in the 21st minute, and he curled in a superb free kick midway through the second half.

PSG is level on points with Monaco but is in third place because Monaco has a superior goal difference.

"They put us under pressure, but we got out of it well," PSG coach Unai Emery said.

The only drawback for PSG was when Germany winger Julian Draxler limped off in the 68th. Moments earlier, he sat down clutching his left calf muscle.

"It's just a cut," said Emery, whose side faces Monaco next Sunday in a table-topper that could have a strong bearing on the title race.

In other action, midfielder Valentin Vada's first career league goal came in the first minute as Bordeaux beat Toulouse 1-0 to move to eighth place.

Former France star midfielder Yoann Gourcuff scored the equaliser for Rennes in a 1-1 draw away to fifth-placed Guingamp.

Metz beat Montpellier 2-0 at home while Dijon and Lille drew 0-0, while Caen and Nancy's match was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

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