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PSG win 2-0 win at Troyes

  • Published at 10:38 am March 4th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:03 am March 5th, 2018
PSG win 2-0 win at Troyes
Angel di Maria and Christopher Nkunku scored second half goals as Paris St Germain warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid with a 2-0 win at Troyes Saturday. Without Neymar, who had a successful operation on a foot injury in Brazil on Saturday, PSG also rested strikers Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe ahead of the crucial second leg of their last-16 tie when they will try to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Leader PSG, who hold a comfortable 14-point advantage over second-placed AS Monaco with 74 points from 28 matches, struggled to break down a side haunted by relegation who defended deep and whose goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny made a string of saves. Di Maria broke the deadlock when he chipped over the advancing Zelazny two minutes into the second half, which was played in a downpour. The Argentine was replaced by Daniel Alves 10 minutes later as coach Unai Emery looked to keep key players fresh for Tuesday. Nkunku added the second goal in the 77th minute from a cross by Alves with complaints by Troyes coach Jean-Louis Garcia so vociferous and insistent that he was sent to the stands in the 80th. A minute later, Timothy Weah, son of 1995 world player of the year George Weah, now president of Liberia, was given his Ligue 1 debut by PSG – 8,312 days after his father’s last match for the club in May 1995, according to the sports daily L’Equipe. Weah might have scored but his late effort was parried by Zelazny. Alves netted the rebound but it was ruled offside. Neymar had surgery on a foot and ankle injury he suffered last weekend against Olympique de Marseille, which sparked fear he might not be fit for the World Cup in Russia. RESULTS Troyes 0 PSG 2 (Maria 47, Nkunku 77) Amiens 0 Rennes 2 (Khazri 41, Sarr 86) Metz 1 (Roux 32) Toulouse 1 (Amian 84) St-Etienne 2 (Beric 45+1, 61) Dijon 2 (Tavares 32, Said 55) Angers 3 (Tait 1, Toko Ekambi 89, Traore 90+4) Guingamp 0   SUNDAY'S MATCHES Caen v Strasbourg, Montpellier v Lyon and Marseille v Nantes   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts PSG 28 24 2 2 67 74 Monaco 28 18 6 4 39 60 Marseille 27 16 7 4 24 55 Lyon 27 14 8 5 24 50
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