Paris Saint Germain thrashed bottom of the table Bastia 5-0 this weekend as they continue to do all they can to chase down Monaco at the top of Ligue 1. Monaco eased past Nancy this weekend too but PSG showed they are not giving up without a fight on Saturday.
It took Emery’s men until the 35th minute until the goals started to flow; Lucas Moura finished off a lovely flowing before Marco Verratti doubled Les Parisiens lead in a controversial fashion. Blaise Matuidi was previously down injured when Jean-Louis Leca in between the sticks checked to see the extent of his injury when Marco Verratti slamming it into the back of the net from distance, with Julian Draxler offside and impeding the keepers view as well. Emery and Paris fans defended the Italian maestro and rightly so after the horrific scenes that Bastia have brought to French football this season.
The second half took a similar pattern with Paris Saint Germain dominating and the got the ball rolling again in the final 20 minutes. Edinson Cavani scored his 32nd and 33rd Ligue 1 goals, despite missing a penalty, and Giovani Lo Celso thought he had scored his first goal of the season before Marquinhos was credited for a slight touch on it’s way to goal.
It may have been a walk in the park by the end, but Paris have many positive to take from their 5-0 win. First has to be Giovani Lo Celso. The young Argentine has had limited playing time since joining the capital club but he showed why Paris were to keen on bringing him to France with some incredible touches of class. His assist for Marqinhos, although it really should have been goal, was exceptional after beating his man with class and chipping it over the goalkeeper. Lo Celso also saw an audacious long range volley slam off the bar later in the second half! Guedes will also be hoping for more minute in the run in with another solid performance, laying it on a plate for El Matador’s first.
The title looks as good as Monaco’s after PSG slipped up at Nice last weekend, but a good recovery was gladly excepted by the fans. PSG sit in second place, three points behind Monaco but have now basically wrapped up second place after Nice lost 2-1 to Marseille. Edinson Cavani also has a lot to chase in the last two games of the season with Zlatan Ibrahimović’s record of 38 league goals in his sights, as well as the golden boot of course.
Final Score: PSG 5-0 Bastia
Top Performance: Marco Verratti – Lo Celso had a great cameo but Verratti scored his fifth Paris goal on Saturday and made into L’Equipe’s Ligue 1 team of the week with a rating of 8 out of 10.
Next Match: Saint Etienne v PSG, Sunday 14th May, 8:00pm