Cavani double helps PSG thrash Lorient 4-0

Fri Nov 1, 2013 6:12pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's in-form striker Edinson Cavani scored twice to help them crush lowly Lorient 4-0 and move three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 on Friday.

Brazilian Lucas put the hosts ahead after three minutes by volleying home a Lucas Digne cross and Jeremy Menez made it 2-0 in the 39th after fine work by Marco Verratti outside the box.

Cavani, who took a couple of matches to settle after joining the Qatari-backed club from Napoli for a French record 64 million euros ($86.32 million), then showed he has recovered his scoring touch to reach seven goals in his last six league games.

The Uruguay striker headed PSG's third from a Lucas cross just before halftime and added the fourth with nine minutes left. He is now the top scorer in the French league with nine goals, one more than Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

Big-spending PSG, who are unbeaten in all competitions since March, have 28 points from 12 games, three ahead of Monaco who visit third-placed Lille, on 23, on Sunday. Lorient stay just outside the relegation zone in 17th place with 10 points.

They were missing injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic while regulars Blaise Matuidi and Ezequiel Lavezzi started on the bench ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at home to bottom side Anderlecht in Group C which they lead by five points.

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(Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani celebrates after he scored against FC Lorient in their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier