Southampton-linked full-back Gregory van der Wiel scores crucial goal in title race

Gregory van der Wiel's first goal of the season helped PSG to a 3-1 victory over Metz on Tuesday night.

On the back of being linked by The Sun with a summer move to Southampton on Tuesday, Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel was on top form for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring a crucial goal as his club beat FC Metz 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

The Sun were linking Southampton with a move for the 27-year-old if they sell Nathaniel Clyne this summer, and it seemed as if Van der Wiel was aware of the interest and decided to up his game on Tuesday.

PSG started the game level on points with Lyon, but this was their chance to take advantage of their game in hand and move clear at the Ligue 1 summit.

Marco Verratti gave the home side the lead in the first half, finding the far corner with a lovely right-foot finish after 25 minutes. Just before half-time, Edinson Cavani made a wonderfully powerful run, bursting through the Metz defence before lifting the ball over Anthony Mfa Meuzi.

One of PSG’s bogeymen, Modibo Maiga, got one back for the away side when he nodded in Bouna Sarr’s cross from the right - that’s his third goal against PSG this season - and it gave Albert Cartier’s side hope.

That glimmer of light was banished by Van der Wiel with 13 minutes to go. The Dutchman raced onto Javier Pastore’s pass and although he had Cavani inside him, the right-back decided to take the shot on himself. It was hit well, but Mfa should have done better, his soft hands saw the ball creep over the line.

It’s the Dutchman’s first goal of the season, and it stopped any ideas of a Metz comeback, calming the nerves for the home side.

With four games to go, PSG are now three points clear of Lyon in second and with Van der Wiel’s help, are closing in on their third consecutive title.

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