French Ligue 1
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Lens 1-3 Paris St-Germain

Edinson Cavani
Cavani was leading the line for PSG in the continued absence of regular strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was sent off for his trademark gun celebration and subsequent protest as the French champions beat Lens.

The Uruguayan was booked after bending on one knee and firing an imaginary shot during a 3-1 victory.

He reacted by touching referee Nicolas Rainville's arm, with the official then showing him a red card.

PSG president Nasser Al Khelafi backed Cavani and said the 27-year-old "did not deserve" to be dismissed.

He told Canal Plus television: "Why did he get the yellow card before? He always celebrates the same way."

Cavani, a keen hunter, performed his usual celebration after scoring a 55th-minute penalty to give PSG a 3-1 lead.

The striker, signed from Napoli for £55m in July 2013, is yet to respond to the dismissal on social media.

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu told the PSG website: "Cavani? I still don't know why he was sent off. I feel really bad for him."

PSG coach Laurent Blanc said: "I'm not going to make any comment about the refereeing. It's a difficult game to analyse."

Adama Coulibaly's 20-yard shot had put Lens ahead but former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye equalised.

Maxwell gave PSG the lead with a lob before Jean-Philippe Gbamin was sent off for shoving Cavani in the area.

Jerome Le Moigne was dismissed for the newly-promoted hosts just before the hour in a game played at the Stade de France because Lens's Bollaert stadium is being renovated.

Leaders Marseille beat Toulouse 2-0 on Sunday as goals from Nicolas N'Koulou and Andre-Pierre Gignac kept them clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Edinson Cavani
Cavani converts the spot-kick after he was fouled in the area
Edinson Cavani
The Uruguay striker drops to one knee to perform his trademark celebration
Edinson Cavani
After being shown a yellow card, Cavani's protest prompts a second caution
Edinson Cavani
The player reacts in disbelief as the referee puts his red card back in his pocket
Edinson Cavani
Cavani applauds the PSG supporters on his way off
Edinson Cavani
The 27-year-old is consoled by PSG coach Laurent Blanc

Line-ups

Lens

  • 1Riou
  • 3Cavare
  • 22Landre
  • 25GbaminBooked at 53mins
  • 24Baal
  • 20NomenjanaharySubstituted forEl Jadeyaouiat 82'minutes
  • 6Le MoigneBooked at 59mins
  • 18Valdivia
  • 11Chavarria
  • 7TouzgharSubstituted forBaat 63'minutes
  • 9CoulibalySubstituted forGuillaumeat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14N'Diaye
  • 15Fradj
  • 19Guillaume
  • 21El Jadeyaoui
  • 29Bourigeaud
  • 33Ba
  • 40Belon

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 6Camara
  • 8MottaSubstituted forKimpembeat 76'minutes
  • 17Maxwell
  • 24Verratti
  • 4CabayeSubstituted forChantômeat 63'minutes
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forBahebeckat 21'minutes
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 9CavaniBooked at 56mins
  • 27Pastore

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 15Bahebeck
  • 19Aurier
  • 20Chantôme
  • 33Augustin
  • 34Kimpembe
Referee:
Nicolas Rainville
Attendance:
70,785

Match Stats

Home TeamLensAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Lens 1, Paris Saint Germain 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lens 1, Paris Saint Germain 3.

Foul by Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Paris Saint Germain).

Pierrick Valdivia (Lens) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain).

Alharbi El Jadeyaoui (Lens) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Ludovic Baal (Lens).

Substitution

Substitution, Lens. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui replaces Lalaïna Nomenjanahary.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Loïck Landre (Lens).

Substitution

Substitution, Lens. Baptiste Guillaume replaces Adamo Coulibaly.

Foul by Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain).

Lalaïna Nomenjanahary (Lens) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Presnel Kimpembe replaces Thiago Motta.

Delay in match Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) because of an injury.

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavare (Lens).

Attempt missed. Pierrick Valdivia (Lens) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Clément Chantôme (Paris Saint Germain).

Dimitri Kevin Cavare (Lens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel with a cross.

Foul by Zoumana Camara (Paris Saint Germain).

Adamo Coulibaly (Lens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Clément Chantôme.

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pierrick Valdivia (Lens).

Substitution

Substitution, Lens. Abdoul Ba replaces Yoann Touzghar.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Clément Chantôme replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jerome Le Moigne (Lens) for a bad foul.

Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Le Moigne (Lens).

Corner, Lens. Conceded by Marco Verratti.

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lalaïna Nomenjanahary (Lens).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain).

Booking

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Lens 1, Paris Saint Germain 3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

goal

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Friday 17th October 2014

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