PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain collected their first trophy of the season when Edinson Cavani’s double secured a 2-1 victory against Lyon in the French League Cup final even in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Uruguay striker Cavani scored twice in the first half, including a controversial penalty, to hand PSG their fourth League Cup at the Stade de France. Alexandre Lacazette reduced the arrears in the second half but Remi Garde’s team could not find an equaliser.
Laurent Blanc’s PSG side will now turn their attention towards claiming a second Ligue 1 title in succession as they hold a 10-point lead over Monaco with five games remaining.
Blanc, who has been offered a contract extension by PSG, refused to discuss his future.
In Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv’s home league derby with Botev was abandoned in the first half after firecrackers, stones and other objects were thrown on to the pitch five minutes before halftime with the score at 0-0. Lokomotiv captain Martin Kamburov, the league’s top scorer with 19 goals, tried to negotiate with the supporters but failed to calm them, saying it was their way of protesting against club president Konstantin Dinev.
In Germany Bayern Munich managed their first win in four league games, beating Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 to regain winning ways ahead of their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid.
Late goals from 35-year-old veteran Claudio Pizarro and substitute Mario Mandzukic saved Bayern’s blushes against the last-placed hosts. Peruvian Pizarro has now scored against every Bundesliga club.
In Italy Juventus moved closer to a third consecutive erie A title when a long-range Paul Pogba goal beat a dogged Bologna side 1-0, while Roma secured second spot and a Champions League place by winning 1-0 at Fiorentina.
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