Posted in Champions League, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Champions League last 16 draw: Arsenal draws Bayern Munich for the 100th time

It’s getting rather ridiculous now when it comes to Bayern Munich v Arsenal and Barcelona v PSG.

I have been following the CL closely this season and when it boils down to the last 16, given that Bayern Munich didn’t win their group, I just knew they were going to get stuck with Arsenal. I also knew that FC Barcelona was going to play against Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s so predictable, it’s boring now.

Boring that we’ve seen Bayern-Arsenal matches at least 8 times over the last five years. Boring that Real Madrid always seems to get the easiest opponents available. Boring that Barcelona can’t quit PSG. And had Arsenal finished second? They would’ve gotten Barcelona. Another boring fixed rigging. 

Last 16 Matches:

Manchester City v Monaco

First leg: February 21 – Manchester

Second leg: March 15 – Monaco

Real Madrid v Napoli

First leg: February 15- Madrid

Second leg: March 7 – Naples

Benfica v Borussia Dortmund

First leg: February 14 – Lisbon

Second leg: March 8 – Dortmund

Bayern Munich v Arsenal

First leg: February 15 – Munich

Second leg: March 7 – London 

Porto v Juventus

First leg: February 22 – Porto

Second leg: March 14 – Turin

Bayern Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

First leg: February 21 – Leverkusen 

Second leg: March 15 – Madrid 

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona

First leg: February 14 – Paris

Second leg: March 8 – Barcelona 

Sevilla v Leicester City

First leg: February 22 – Seville

Second leg: March 14 – Leicester 

Posted in Ligue 1, MILESTONES/HISTORY, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

100 goals for Cavani!

Edinson Cavani is still scoring and racking up the goals!

Cavani scored his 100th goal for PSG last evening against Angers in the Ligue 1. PSG won 2-0.

El Matador dedicated his goal to Chapecoense (this was some really heartbreaking stuff and it still hurts right in the heart) by taking off his jersey to reveal a t-shirt underneath bearing the logo of the Brazilian team.

He was booked, but it was a worthy yellow. Rules are rules and if a player removes his shirt, it is a yellow card offense. After the game, Cavani took to social media:

‘I’m sending all my strength and blessings to all family members of the great Chapecoense team struggling today to get through’

Very nice gesture from the Uruguayan. 

Cavani is also the Ligue 1 player of the month as I mentioned last time. A huge congrats once again!

Posted in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Reports

Edinson Cavani can’t stop scoring!

Edinson Cavani is a goal scoring machine. Last night, he scored the opener and the only goal for Uruguay in their 3-1 defeat against Chile in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifications. 

STATS BABY!

Edi has now scored more goals for his country (37) than Diego Forlan (36). Only his good friend Luis Suarez has more (47).

Cavani has now scored 20 goals in 20 games for club & country this season.

Cavani is also the 3rd player to score against the other 9 national teams in WC Qualifiers (Luis Suarez and Agustin Delgado).

This man is on fire.

LIGUE 1 PLAYER OF THE MONTH

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El Matador was once again rewarded with the Ligue 1 Player of the Month award having won in Seprember thanks to 5 goals in 4 appearences. A great achievement! He’s been awfully clinical this season and I like that he’s finally starting to show the world what he is made of. I won’t be surprise if he tops the Ligue at the end of the season.

Congrats Edi! Don’t stop shining.

*** Pics via Twitter

Posted in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Clinical Cavani ensures victory for PSG over Bordeaux

Do you know how HAPPY I am EVERYTIME Cavani bangs them in?

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Edinson Cavani and Di Maria’s partnership is working well. The duo seems to be hitting all the right notes and the footballing world is taking notes. Di Maria found Cavani in the 3rd minute of action against Bordeaux resulting in the opener. Yes, it was a header. Cavani is so good with his head! The second and final goal of the game came in the 30th minute when Kurzawa managed to find El Matador, who scored a wicked backheel goal to take PSG back to winning wins in the league.

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This brace means that El Matador now has 10 goals in six games.

Zlatan who? 

Scenes via the club’s official site:

Posted in Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

CL: Cavani comes to PSG’s rescue in Bulgaria

Cavani’s brace gives PSG the Group A winner.

Thirty-four years ago, Paris Saint-Germain made their European debut in Bulgaria. They were beaten 1-0 by Lokomotiv Sofia at the Vasil Levski stadium. Returning to this very same ground last evening, the Parisian side locked horns with another Bulgarian team, Ludogorets.

Natanael opened the scoring with a STUNNER of a free kick in the 16th minute leaving PSG to climb the hill. However, Matuidi leveled things up in the 41st minute just before half-time. In the 55th minute, Cavani made it 2-1 with a header from a Di Maria’s free kick assist. El Matador put the icing on the cake five minutes later when he bagged a brace after Alphonse Areola saved a penalty. 

I see room for improvement for PSG. With Emery, things have gone just a little bit backwards, but he’ll get there. 

SCENES from the match via the club’s official website:

Posted in Hat Tricks etc., Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Cavani puts four away against Caen

Edison Cavani is the first player since 2000 to score 4 goals in the first half of a Ligue 1 match

Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura and Jean-Kevin Augustin found the back of the net in a six-goal thriller against Caen this evening in France. Cavani scored 4 goals in the first half. He opened the game in the 12th minute, slotted home a penalty in 23rd, bagged his hat-trick in the 38th and finished off his perfect first half in the 45th. He was rested for the second half. Moura added the fifth in the 67th minute and Augustin added the 6th in the 79th.

PSG was winless in three matches going into this game, but after their hungry display and wonderful result, the Parisians move into first place with 10 points ahead of Monaco. I’m just happy for El Matador.

Photos of the match via the club’s official website:

My boy AA! Nice to see him between the sticks.

Just call him Captain 😛

It’s still weird seeing this man at the sideline instead if Blanc

Posted in Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

CL: Just call El Matador ‘Flash’

Paris have scored their fastest goal in the CL (42 secs), beating Cavani’s previous record (54 secs v APOEL Nicosia) in 2014.

42 seconds. 

That’s all it took for Edinson Cavani to score the first goal of the 2016/17 Champions League. It was also the earliest goal that Arsenal have conceded in their CL history. A beautiful header!

42 seconds.

Stunned.

And then he squandered chance after chance after chance even when Arsenal leveled. 

Cavani lies on the pitch following another missed chance in front of the Gunners goal 

However, this does not lower my confidence in El Matador. It does lower my confidence in Unai Emery, though. Don’t get me wrong, I like Emery a lot, but I don’t think he was ready to be at the helm of the PSG ship. Things do start off slow for some managers before picking up and I believe in giving Emery a chance, but Laurent Blanc should’ve been at the helm this season as emotionless as he was. Believe me, that man would’ve been getting the desired results already. Emery was hired because of his prowess as a Europa League contender with Sevilla. This is not the Europa League, this is the Champions League and greedy Nasser Al-Khelaifa should learn some patience.

After the match, Cavani took responsibility:

“No, the draw is not a disappointment. The result aside, we say some very positive things, things that are good for the team. It is normal that when you lead until the last 10 minutes and have so many chances that there is bitterness at the end… I take responsibility. I had three, four great chances. In front of me, there was a goalkeeper and players who were doing everything they could so that I did not score. There are moments where I could have scored, other moments no. These are things in football. What is important is to stay calm in terms of the team spirit and to hold on to convictions because this team works to overcome difficult moments.

It is normal that I look at the chances I missed more than my goal. We drew and it is normal that in my memory are the chances where I could have made a difference but where I didn’t. This team deserves a lot because we are working a lot to improve.”