Cavani and Di Maria star in Neymar's absence

Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Nice on Friday, with Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria starring in Neymar's absence.

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani scores a goal Nice.   -  AFP

Neymar's absence through suspension had no impact on Paris Saint-Germain as Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria led the Ligue 1 leader to a comfortable 3-0 win over Nice at Parc des Princes on Friday.

Brazil star Neymar was banned after picking up a red card in last week's 2-2 Classique draw with Marseille, but at no point did PSG look lost without the world's most expensive player, as the Parisian cruised against a side lacking confidence.

Unai Emery selected Di Maria as Neymar's replacement and it took him just three minutes to make a telling impact, setting up Cavani with a pinpoint free-kick.


The Argentine, who has reportedly become frustrated as a rotation option this season, was playing like a man with a point to prove and he set Cavani up for a second time just after the half-hour mark by producing a delightful pass over the Nice backline which the striker took full advantage of.

Cavani then turned provider early in the second half, his header into the six-yard box leading to a Dante own goal that effectively put the match beyond Nice.

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