Football: Cavani breaks PSG record as Neymar nets double on return

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani dives for the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Jan 27, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Edinson Cavani became Paris St Germain's all-time top scorer and Neymar signalled his returned from injury with a double as the capital side extended their Ligue 1 lead to 11 points with a 4-0 home demolition of Montpellier on Saturday (Jan 27).

The Uruguay striker, who joined the club in 2013, struck in the 11th minute as he tapped in from Adrien Rabiot's cross to move past the record of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his 157th goal in his 229th game in all competitions for PSG.

Neymar, who had missed the three previous games through injury, found the back of the net each way of the interval and Angel Di Maria also scored, putting PSG on 59 points from 23 games.

Second-placed Olympique Lyonnais, on 48 points, travel to Girondins de Bordeaux and third-placed Olympique de Marseille take on Monaco, fourth, on Sunday.

At the Parc des Princes, Montpellier entered the pitch with the best defence in the league with 15 goals conceded in 22 matches, but their back four were torn up by the home forwards.

Cavani beat Ibrahimovic's record of 156 goals for PSG from close range before Neymar doubled the tally from the penalty spot after Pedro Mendes was sanctioned for handball in the area five minutes from the break.

Referee Frank Schneider congratulated Cavani on his record but still showed him a yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration.

Di Maria added a third from Thomas Meunier's cross with 20 minutes left as PSG continued to pile on the pressure.

Neymar scored the last goal with his knee as he latched onto Cavani's cross eight minutes from time.

PSG have now scored 72 league goals, more than any team in the five major European leagues.

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