Edinson Cavani slated for Stamford Bridge no-show by French paper

Cavani

Edinson Cavani missed two gilt-edged chances to fire his side through to the semi-finals and it cost the Ligue 1 side dearly after Demba Ba's late winner.

PSG striker Edinson Cavani was slammed by local publication Le Parisien after his woeful performance during his side's away-goals exit to Chelsea in the Champions League Quarter Finals.

Cavani passed up two presentable opportunities to score what would have been a decisive away goal and was languid throughout as his side crashed out of Europe.

To compound the Uruguayan's woes, he was awarded a mark of just three out of 10 by the French newspaper, who had the following to say on his poor performance at Stamford Bridge.

'The failure of PSG last night was down to one man, Edinson Cavani. In the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Uruguayan had to assume the the role of leader in the attack.'

'He only offered defensive efforts. This is far too little for the price paid (£55m) for Napoli's top scorer last summer.'

The article defends Cavani to a degree by suggesting the chances he squandered were not 'golden' but then accuses him of malpractice for failing to hit the target with any of his three shots.

It also goes on to suggest his team-mates expected better of him given the scenario Laurent Blanc's men were in and a goal would have relieved the palpable tension in the PSG ranks. 

They folded in the last throes of the game as Demba Ba steered home a winner to add to Andre Schürrle's first-half effort and the Blues progressed on the away goal ruling.

Cavani put the defeat down to a "lack of experience at this level of the competition" and felt Chelsea had shown theirs.

Had the experienced 27-year-old tucked away any of his chances, however, it would be the French side in the semi-finals and not their Premier League hosts.

PSG's top-scoring individual from last night's match was keeper Salvatore Sirigu, who gained a mark of seven for some impressive saves while other notable low scorers were Lucas and Maxwell, who both received four.

Cavani received a three from the editor in the paper's player ratings and the average users' rating came in at just 2.02 on a bitterly disappointing night for the former Napoli man, who will hope for better fortunes when he takes on England at the World Cup this summer with his country.

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