Troyes 0-2 PSG: Di Maria score as Weah makes his debut - FCNaija

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/03/2018

Paris Saint-Germain defeats Troyes 2-0  in the week 28 of the Ligue 1 encounter at Stade de l'Aube on Saturday evening.

Angel Di Maria continued his brilliant run of goal-scoring form to help Paris Saint-Germain before Christopher Nkunku ensures a maximum point as Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe all missing in the match and Timothy Weah makes his debut for Les Parisiens

PSG established control early on and went close to the opener in the seventh minute, but Di Maria's effort was repelled by Zelazny after Julian Draxler had raced on to Giovani Lo Celso's through pass and teed up the former Manchester United man.

Aside from that opportunity, PSG's lack of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe was telling during the early exchanges, as their replacements showed little sign of being on the same wavelength and clear-cut chances failed to flow.

The visitors only looked like troubling Troyes from distance, but did force Zelazny into a couple of saves, with Lo Celso and then Di Maria testing the goalkeeper.

PSG were a little more vibrant and fluid towards the end of the half. However, Zelazny continued to come out on top, keeping another long-range Lo Celso attempt at bay, before producing a fine reaction save to thwart a Nkunku overhead-kick.

Zelazny was eventually beaten just after the break – Di Maria racing on to Draxler's pass and lifting a clever chipped effort over the approaching goalkeeper.

Nkunku should have doubled their lead soon after, but he inexplicably shot wide of the right-hand post from about eight yards after a sensational run and pass from Draxler.

But the young attacker made amends for that miss 13 minutes from time, providing a neat finish from close range.Things got worse for Troyes soon after, as Jean-Louis Garcia was sent to the stands for his protestations.

PSG who introduced George Weah's 18-year-old son Timothy for a debut late on were unable to add further gloss to the scoreline, Dani Alves seeing an injury-time strike ruled out for offside.