PSG claims French league top spot with 3-0 win against Caen

September 20, 2016
PSG's Lucas, center, controls the ball during their League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Dijon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored his sixth league goal of the season and teammate Lucas netted his fourth as Paris Saint-Germain returned to the top of the French league with a 3-0 victory over newly-promoted Dijon on Tuesday.

Following a stuttering start to the season, the four-time defending champions followed up their 6-0 rout of Caen with a convincing win at the Parc des Princes.

Cavani, who hit four against Caen in the space of 45 minutes, doubled PSG’s lead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after Hungarian defender Adam Lang scored an own goal when he deflected a cross from Maxwell. The Uruguay striker is now the league’s joint top scorer with six goals, the same as Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.

Lucas completed PSG’s win in the 67th minute with a header past goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet from Maxwell’s cross.

The win provisionally lifted PSG to the top of the league standings. Level on points with PSG but with a match in hand, Monaco can claim back the lead when it travels to Nice on Wednesday.



After not scoring in the French league for 15 months, Swedish striker Ola Toivonen ended his goal drought in style, netting twice as his new club Toulouse won 2-1 at Lille.

Toivonen spent last season on loan from Rennes at Premier League side Sunderland and joined Toulouse this summer.

Toivonen’s goals, combined with another superb performance from teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont, helped Toulouse to its first win at its northern rival in 10 years.

After Toivonen put the visitors in front in the 12th minute with a clinical finish past Vincent Enyeama, Lafont denied Younousse Sankhare’s header. He was powerless when Marko Basa headed the ball home form a free kick to level in the 35th but kept out a close-range effort from Nicolas de Preville just after halftime.

Toivonen scored the winner with 13 minutes left, connecting with a cross at the penalty spot and sending Enyeama the wrong way.

Toulouse moved to a provisional third place, two points behind PSG.

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