Manchester United-linked forward ends 670-minute goal drought

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani scored against Nice on Saturday to end his lengthy goal drought.

In the early Ligue 1 kick off, Manchester United linked forward – per the Manchester Evening News - Edinson Cavani scored as Paris Saint-Germain went provisionally back on top of the division with a 3-1 victory over OGC Nice.

Javier Pastore scored either side of Mathieu Bodmer’s equaliser before Cavani’s 69th minute penalty put the game beyond any doubt.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, Laurent Blanc picked Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi to play beside Cavani, but it was the man Eric Cantona dubbed as “The World’s Greatest” that stole the show.

A lovely pass from Lucas picked up Pastore inside the box and he calmly slotted the ball below Simon Pouplin. Nice had started well, but all it took was a moment of class to breach their defence.

Bodmer got one back before half-time when he was in the right place at the right time to prod home after the PSG defence were slow to react and played their former player onside.

However, it was Pastore that stole the show. With 63 minutes gone he received the ball inside the box and after keeping the ball in the air with four deft touches, his initial shot was saved by Pouplin but the rebound came back to him and this time he found the back of the net.

Cavani had gone 670 minutes without a goal before Jordan Amavi brought the Uruguayan down inside the box. The pressure was on to end his drought, and the striker displayed nerves of steel to tuck away the spot kick.

PSG are now one point ahead of Lyon, but their title rivals play Saint-Etienne tomorrow in the later game.

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