Edinson Cavani grew to become Paris St Germain’s all-time high goalscorer because the Ligue 1 leaders eased to a Four-Zero victory towards Montpellier.
The striker started the match degree with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s haul of 156 targets for the Parisian membership however Cavani moved one clear when he discovered the again of the online after 11 minutes with a close-range end.
Kylian Mbappe was unavailable for the second match in succession because of a head harm whereas new signing Lassana Diarra additionally missed out, however the hosts have been unaffected by their absence as a brace from Neymar and an Angel Di Maria objective earned a routine win at Parc des Princes.
Unai Emery’s aspect got here flying out the blocks and have been inches from taking the lead within the third minute when some neat ability from Julian Draxler set himself free within the Montpellier penalty space, however his chip over the onrushing Benjamin Lecomte drifted simply extensive of the submit.
Junior Sambia warmed the arms of house goalkeeper Alphonse Areola however Cavani solely wanted 11 minutes to rewrite the report books in Paris.
Neymar collected a protracted ball down area from Presnel Kimpembe earlier than he threaded a by way of ball for Adrien Rabiot within the space, who drilled the ball throughout the six-yard field for the Uruguay worldwide to faucet house and spark wild celebrations.
Cavani was inches from including his and Paris’ second of the match 10 minutes later when an exquisite cross from Giovani Lo Celso was destined to seek out the 30-year-old on the far submit, however defender Pedro Mendes received an important contact to disclaim the striker.
Conceding the early objective spurred Montpellier into motion as Sambia examined Areola as soon as extra from lengthy vary earlier than Paul Lasne drilled an effort extensive and Ellyes Skhiri had a shot nicely blocked by the house defence.
Nonetheless, the hosts managed to increase their benefit 5 minutes minutes earlier than the break when Draxler’s goal-bound effort struck the hand of Mendes which gave referee Frank Schneider no selection however to level to the penalty spot, with Neymar changing for his 24th objective in 25 appearances for the membership.
The Brazil worldwide went near netting his second on the stroke of half-time with a terrific flip and shot from the 15 yards out, with Lecomte thwarting the ahead with a terrific save right down to his proper.
The second half began in sluggish style with neither aspect threatening, though the guests seemed the extra prone to rating.
Sambia noticed his highly effective free-kick deflect over the crossbar from 25 yards earlier than Lasne’s fierce drive from the sting of the world was blocked by the pinnacle of Kimpembe.
Montpellier got here near halving the deficit after 67 minutes when a strong strike from Sambia was parried by Areola straight into the trail of substitute Souleymane Camara, however he might solely blaze over from eight yards.
Nonetheless, Michel Der Zakarian’s aspect have been to rue their missed probabilities as PSG elevated their lead after 70 minutes when a implausible cross from substitute Javier Pastore set Thomas Meunier free to chop the ball again for Di Maria to fit in first time.
It received even higher for the hosts as Neymar doubled his tally seven minutes from time following a neat flowing transfer between Di Maria and Cavani arrange the 25-year-old to faucet into an empty internet for his or her fourth.
Cavani missed a gilt-edged likelihood from six yards out within the ultimate minute of the match, which might have added additional gloss to the consequence, as Emery’s aspect lengthen their lead on the high of Ligue 1 to 11 factors.