Sep 22, 2016

    PSG keep Monaco on toes with Dijon win


    PARIS Saint-Germain shrugged off their indifferent start to the season to usurp Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 with a routine 3-0 victory over toothless Dijon on Tuesday.

    A 3-1 early season loss at Monaco had seen new boss Unai Emery's honeymoon period cut short.

    PSG then conceded a

    late equaliser at home to Saint Etienne in their next match, before drawing

    with Arsenal in Europe.

    But they smashed Caen 6-0 away last week and similarly made light work of struggling Dijon - without ever hitting top gear or creating many chances - thanks to an own goal, an Edinson Cavani penalty

    and a Lucas header.

    PSG go top for the first time this season on goal difference after six games, but their stay will be a short one with Monaco and Nice - both unbeaten - going head to head (this morning, Singapore time).

    For the third time in a row, Emery left marquee summer signing Hatem Ben Arfa out of his squad for what the coach had called a "purely sporting decision".

    But the fleet-footed playmaker was not missed in a comfortable evening's work at the Parc des Princes for the reigning champions.

    The Parisians took the game to the visitors and surged into a deserved lead on the quarter-hour when Brazilian Maxwell crossed and the ball took a big deflection off defender Adam Lang and looped into the net.

    PSG went 2-0 up on

    27 minutes through an emphatic Cavani penalty after Adrien Rabiot had his legs swept from under him in the box.

    All hope of a Dijon comeback was extinguished midway through the second half when Maxwell was again heavily involved, his pin-point cross finding the head of unmarked fellow Brazilian Lucas.