Paris Saint-Germain were facing their third defeat in three games until Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scored the equaliser against Ajaccio.
After scoring four goals in five games, Arsenal target Edinson Cavani had gone three without finding the back of the net, but on Wednesday night he scored the crucial equaliser as Paris Saint-Germain came back from a goal down to beat AC Ajaccio in the Coupe de la Ligue.
Recently it seems that PSG are only ever one game away from a crisis. After defeats against Barcelona and Guingamp, they had to win against AC Ajaccio in the cup.
The Parisians went a goal behind to the Ligue 2 side after captain Johan Cavalli converted an early penalty, piling the pressure on the capital club. However, with a long way to go in the match, the comeback was always on the cards.
It was Uruguayan striker Cavani who levelled the score after 55 minutes. PSG were calm in keeping possession on the edge of the box. Eventually the ball came to Brazilian Lucas Moura, he slipped in Cavani and the forward applied the cool finish.
That sparked PSG’s comeback. Defender Serge Aurier gave them the lead 10 minutes from the end when he headed in from substitute Jean-Christophe Bahebeck’s cross.
Substitute Bahebeck then sealed the win and passage to the quarter-finals, his 84th minute goal making it 3-1 to the away side and leaving the panic-stricken PSG fans wondering what all the fuss was about in the first half.
Their performance was far from vintage, but the game lasts for 90 minutes and it would have taken a miracle for the Ligue 2 side to last out the duration under PSG’s wave after wave of pressure.
Cavani will be glad to score an important goal in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His season has been far from convincing in front of goal, but with 13 goals in all competitions, he certainly isn’t failing either, he just misses more chances than you would expect from a top international striker.
With their pending FFP troubles set to continue this January and in the summer, PSG may be tempted to sell if a respectable offer comes in for the 27-year-old.
PSG can’t do any more business without selling one or two players. Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been mentioned in relation to Cavani, and now PSG will be more willing to sell than they were in the summer.