Edinson Cavani scores the goals again as PSG beat Bordeaux 2-0

Edinson Cavani's clinical first half brace fired PSG to a 2-0 win over Bordeaux on a day when the French champions celebrated the return of some of their Ultra fans to Parc des Princes.


It was an excellent first half from Unai Emery's men but a flat second. However, throughout the match, the PSG supporters made plenty of noise and created a fantastic atmosphere. More of the same please!

Cavani's double was another plus point. The Uruguay international now has eight Ligue 1 goals from seven appearances and 11 from eight games across all competitions. "El Matador" is responding well to the Spanish coach, even if some players are not just yet.


Although it was not a major problem against Bordeaux, the Basque tactician's perseverance with a three-man midfield is hampering PSG's progress. Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi as a trio have had their run. It might be time to change things up.

Emery's hesitance to make midmatch changes is also a developing concern. The second half was the perfect opportunity for the 44-year-old to bring the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonathan Ikone on for at least 30 minutes of action. The former saw the most time, albeit a paltry 18-minute cameo.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Emery got away with his three-man midfield of Motta, Verratti and Matuidi thanks to a clinical Cavani display but the former Sevilla coach must start using his substitutes earlier. He could have changed things up with a few substitutions but appears reluctant to do so before at least the 70th-minute mark.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alphonse Areola, 6 -- The Frenchman was relatively untested but made a smart save late in the first half and a good block with five minutes left to keep Bordeaux off the scoresheet.

DF Thomas Meunier, 5 -- Decent in attack, the Belgium international had a volleyed first-half effort denied by Cedric Carrasso in the Bordeaux goal. He was booked for a second half foul on ex-PSG man Jeremy Menez but was on the receiving end of one late on, which saw Nicolas Pallois cautioned. Otherwise, the 25-year-old was more solid than the incumbent Serge Aurier has been in recent weeks.

DF Marquinhos, 6 -- Although the Brazil international did not see too much action, he was solid when he needed to be.

DF Thiago Silva (c), 5 -- Like Marquinhos, Silva was relatively unflustered. However, he did make one late slip, which almost allowed Diego Rolan in on goal.

DF Layvin Kurzawa, 7 -- A good return to action for the France international, who played the full 90 minutes. The 24-year-old contributed an assist for Cavani's sublime second goal and progressively moved forward, as he did before his injury. Carrasso also denied him a goal in the first half.

MF Thiago Motta, 6 -- The veteran Italian dropped very deep for this one and played like a third central defender at times, partly explaining the quiet evening for Silva and Marquinhos. The Azzurri enforcer was better than he has been in recent games and sprayed a few nice passes around.

MF Marco Verratti, 7 -- Technically outstanding, the Italian international was central to everything good that PSG did for the 72 minutes he was on the pitch. The pint-sized terrier's superb tackle on Menez in the second half denied what would have been a good scoring opportunity for the visitors.

MF Blaise Matuidi, 6 -- The France international worked hard and applied himself without really excelling. His hounding of the ball in the midfield helped to keep Bordeaux quiet.

FW Lucas Moura, 6 -- The Brazilian was involved in the build-up to Cavani's second goal with a nice flick and a superb piece of skill played the Uruguayan in for a second-half chance. He was better on Saturday than he was against Toulouse and Ludogorets but still needs to impose himself more.

FW Edinson Cavani, 8 -- Clinical. The PSG No. 9 is reacting very well to Emery's methods and the confidence is really starting to flow for the former Napoli man, who now leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts.

FW Angel Di Maria, 6 -- After an early assist for Cavani's opener, the Argentina international gradually faded out of the match. He had a second-half goal disallowed, but despite his limited contribution after the third minute, his second half in Bulgaria and first half against Bordeaux have been encouraging.


MF Adrien Rabiot, NR -- Brought on after 72 minutes, the France U21 international quickly proved that he should have started and will no doubt be in contention again once the international break is over.

FW Hatem Ben Arfa, NR -- Given 12 minutes at the end, it was not really enough time to get a good look at the Frenchman but it was a good way for Emery to ease the mercurial attacking talent back into the rotation.

FW Jonathan Ikone, NR -- The youth academy graduate got three minutes at the end but needed longer on his Ligue 1 debut.