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Cavani ensures Paris patience pays off at APOEL

Published: Tuesday 21 October 2014, 22.52CET
APOEL FC 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Edinson Cavani scored the only goal of a tight encounter with three minutes remaining after David Luiz had made two crucial interventions for the visitors.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from GSP Stadium

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Match statistics

APOELParis

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)39
 
61
Total attempts7
 
13
on target1
 
5
off target2
 
6
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
6
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
7
Passes369
 
651
completed320
 
607

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 21 October 2014, 22.52CET

Cavani ensures Paris patience pays off at APOEL

APOEL FC 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Edinson Cavani scored the only goal of a tight encounter with three minutes remaining after David Luiz had made two crucial interventions for the visitors.

Edinson Cavani's 87th-minute goal gives Paris points at APOEL
APOEL suffer first home defeat of the season despite spirited display
Paris have 62% of possession but struggle to break through
David Luiz makes two goalline clearances in second half
Next games: Paris v APOEL (5 November)

A late goal from Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-earned victory at APOEL FC, only a remarkable goalline clearance from David Luiz having kept the scoresheet blank.

APOEL stated their intent early as George Efrem launched a counterattack from the left and crossed towards Cillian Sheridan, Salvatore Sirigu saving at the near post. Paris were struggling to settle on the ball, APOEL's tight defending and pressure high up the pitch disturbing their efforts. Giorgos Donis' players also tested the visitors' defence with their counterattacking, Luiz blocking Efrem's seventh-minute shot.

The Paris midfield picked up their performance as the half unfolded, but with space at a premium were forced to go wide. Laurent Blanc's side still started to threaten, however, Thiago Motta trying his luck from range before Javier Pastore's effort was was blocked by Urko Pardo.

Cavani then went even closer, failing to connect properly with Lucas' ball and diverting wide, much to the relief of the typically vocal home crowd. Paris continued to press for a first-half breakthrough but some brilliant defending by Carlão and João Guilherme kept the visitors at bay.

On a night laden with goals elsewhere, the visitors came storming out of the blocks after the interval searching to break the deadlock and within a minute Pardo had to tip over Pardo's header. APOEL were on the ropes but came back strongly and created the biggest opportunity of the night in the 56th minute.

Gustavo Manduca crossed from the left and Tiago Gomes' header was cleared acrobatically off the line by David Luiz, the centre-back twisting to head away. The Brazilian defender was there again moments later, when the ball escaped Sirigu's hands after a scramble in the box.

Those interventions proved crucial with three minutes to go. A long ball forward was knocked down by Paris substitute Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Cavani twisted away from Gomes and Carlão before stroking underneath Pardo to take the points to France.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.55CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014349/postmatch/report/index.html#cavani+wins+paris

Lineups

apoel

APOEL

paris

Paris

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
3
João GuilhermeJoão Guilherme
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
5
CarlãoCarlão
7
LucasLucas
Substitution89
7
EfremGeorge Efrem
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
8
Tiago GomesTiago Gomes
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal87
9
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution67
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
Substitution41
17
MaxwellMaxwell
16
ViniciusVinicius
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution70
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais (C)
Substitution80
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution70
28
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
32
David LuizDavid Luiz

Substitutes

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution41
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution70
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
6
CamaraZoumana Camara
20
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
Substitution70
30
De VincentiTomás De Vincenti
Substitution80
19
AurierSerge Aurier
73
KakáKaká
20
ChantômeClément Chantôme
Substitution89
79
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Substitution67
21
DigneLucas Digne

Coach

Giorgos Donis (GRE) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Cristian Balaj (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution