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Quick-fire Cavani sends Paris through, APOEL out

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 22.41CET
Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 APOEL FC
Edinson Cavani scored after just 56 seconds as Paris sealed a place in the last 16 and eliminated APOEL.
by Chris Burke
from Parc des Princes

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Match statistics

ParisAPOEL

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)67
 
33
Total attempts18
 
3
on target5
 
1
off target10
 
1
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
8
Fouls suffered7
 
9
Passes813
 
315
completed769
 
274

Standings

Group F

PPts
Paris Saint-Germain Paris410
FC Barcelona Barcelona49
AFC Ajax Ajax42
APOEL FC APOEL41

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:50 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 22.41CET

Quick-fire Cavani sends Paris through, APOEL out

Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 APOEL FC
Edinson Cavani scored after just 56 seconds as Paris sealed a place in the last 16 and eliminated APOEL.

Paris secure third consecutive berth in last 16 with two games to spare.
Edinson Cavani scores Paris's fastest ever UEFA Champions League goal.
The Uruguay forward hits post as well in frenetic first half
APOEL go out as Barcelona also seal qualification in Group F
Next games: Paris v Ajax, APOEL v Barcelona (25 November)

Edinson Cavani found the net with less than a minute played as Paris Saint-Germain saw off APOEL FC 1-0 to book their place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare.

Needing victory to advance allied with a positive result for FC Barcelona against AFC Ajax, Paris wasted no time in fulfilling their side of the bargain. With Barcelona also triumphant, the two section favourites wrapped up the qualifying spots in Group F. APOEL must now make up a one-point gap to Ajax for a UEFA Europa League berth.

Laurent Blanc had spoken of wanting an early goal and Cavani duly delivered with the club's fastest-ever UEFA Champions League strike on 56 seconds. Flicking the ball up behind him from Gregory van der Wiel's low cross, the Uruguay forward turned with grace and volleyed in with power, despite the forlorn efforts of goalkeeper Urko Pardo.

That breakthrough gave Paris the ideal platform, yet they nearly conceded moments later when the ball dropped to Nuno Morais directly in front of goal. With Salvatore Sirigu grounded after parrying Vinicius's header from a corner, the Portuguese midfielder somehow blasted over.

Mightily relieved, the home team began applying pressure again, making plenty of headway down the right up against teenage competition debutant Nicholas Ioannou. Indeed, it was down that channel that Lucas accelerated clear to whip in a fine cross for Cavani, which the striker nodded back across goal – and against a post. A direct and lively presence, Lucas then tested Pardo with a pair of vicious low attempts.

The Brazilian forward was soon back making trouble after the interval, skipping past challenges with brio as the French champions sought to end the suspense with a second goal. For his part, Cavani fired wide on more than occasion and also headed off target, but the intensity was dropping from Paris's play as their opponents looked decreasingly likely to threaten.

APOEL travelled to France having never prevailed away from home in the competition, and they never appeared close to breaking their duck as Blanc's players shuffled the ball around and time ticked down. Tougher tests lie ahead, but for now Paris can pride themselves on sewing up a third consecutive berth in the knockout phase, their European ambitions still well and truly on track.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.23CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014357/postmatch/report/index.html#cavani+qualifies+paris

Lineups

paris

Paris

apoel

APOEL

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
3
João GuilhermeJoão Guilherme
7
LucasLucas
Substitution86
5
CarlãoCarlão
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
7
EfremGeorge Efrem
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal1
8
Tiago GomesTiago Gomes
Substitution46
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
16
ViniciusVinicius
17
MaxwellMaxwell
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution59
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution78
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais (C)
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
28
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
44
N. IoannouNicholas Ioannou
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
79
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Substitution64

Substitutes

1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution86
4
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
9
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution46
15
BahebeckJean-Christophe Bahebeck
Substitution78
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
19
AurierSerge Aurier
23
PapazoglouTasos Papazoglou
21
DigneLucas Digne
30
De VincentiTomás De Vincenti
Substitution59
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
46
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Substitution64

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Giorgos Donis (GRE)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Ricardo Santos (POR), Nuno Pereira (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Tavares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), Marco Ferreira (POR)

Legend:

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