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,external-link 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:external-link "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



Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 1Douchez
  • 15Bahebeck
  • 19Aurier
  • 20Chantôme
  • 33Augustin
  • 34Kimpembe
Nicolas Rainville

Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lens 1, Paris Saint Germain 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Ludovic Baal (Lens).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Lens. Alharbi El Jadeyaoui replaces Lalaïna Nomenjanahary.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Loïck Landre (Lens).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Lens. Baptiste Guillaume replaces Adamo Coulibaly.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavare (Lens).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 17th October 2014

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