PSG won another game away from home to move one point behind Nice. Edinson Cavani scored a brace to reach 20 goals in Ligue 1 after only 21 matches.
Nantes started the game with confidence as they have lost only once in seven games since Sergio Conceicao took charge early last month. Emiliano Sala got the first opportunity to score: while being under high pressure, Thomas Meunier clumsily hacked the ball away and it could have benefit the Argentinian striker who hurried his shot and it finally ended up into the side netting.
PSG finally started to show off skills at the 21st after an interesting phase of possession. Verratti and Motta playing their usually passing tricks in the midfield, the latter found Draxler who could then open up to Lucas Moura on the right. The Brazilian first-time cross was successfully converted by Edinson Cavani who was perfectly positioned between the two central defenders.
PSG then mostly controlled the game until Marco Verratti decided to entertain La Beaujoire spectators with an unexpected backward pass to Kevin Trapp after dropping on his knees and using his head. He was quickly filed for trickery by Johan Hamel, the referee of this game, who apparently has problem understanding the genius of such a player.
Nantes went all-in at the start of the second half. Felipe Pardo tried to equalize after swapping passes with Sala but his low shot was deflected for corner. In one of PSG counter attacks, Julian Draxler was fouled and injured while he was nicely dribbling around Nantes defense. Edinson Cavani took his responsibilities and superbly curled in the free-kick straight to the net of the poor Maxime Dupe.
That’s PSG fifth straight win in league and cup competitions without conceding a goal.