February 17, 2018 / 6:35 PM / 6 months ago

PSG come from behind to beat Strasbourg and extend Ligue 1 lead

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain continued their march towards the Ligue 1 title when they came from a goal down to beat Racing Strasbourg 5-2 at home and extend their lead at the top to 12 points on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs RC Strasbourg - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - February 17, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their fourth goal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Strasbourg, one of only two teams to defeat PSG in the league this season, opened the scoring through Jean-Eudes Aholou.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs RC Strasbourg - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - February 17, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar in action with Strasbourg’s Bakary Kone REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The capital side levelled, however, through Julian Draxler before goals from Neymar and Angel Di Maria gave them a comfortable lead.

The visitors had briefly threatened a comeback when Stephane Bahoken reduced the arrears but PSG, who now have 68 points from 26 games, killed off the match with an Edinson Cavani double.

Second-placed Monaco are on 56 points after thrashing Dijon 4-0 at home on Friday.

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Strasbourg went ahead on six minutes at the end of a sharp counter attack, after Neymar lost the ball in the visitors’ half, only for Draxler to equalise four minutes later with a left-footed effort as PSG piled on the pressure.

Neymar dribbled through the defence in the 22nd minute before beating Alexandre Oukidja from close range.

PSG, who were beaten 3-1 at Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday, had it easier against Strasbourg and stretched their lead to 3-1 one minute later when Di Maria found the net from inside the box after dispossessing defender Pablo Martinez.

Bahoken pulled one back in the 67th minute with a fine shot from just outside the box but Cavani quickly dashed Strasbourg’s hopes of a comeback.

The Uruguay striker chipped the ball past Oukidja to restore PSG’s two-goal lead in the 73rd minute and added another six minutes later with a lob, his 23rd league goal of the season.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

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