Edinson Cavani nets another goal but leaves PSG romp over Rennes with apparent thigh injury 
Edinson Cavani walked off the field clutching his right thigh moments after scoring his league-leading 11th goal. AP

PARIS — Striker Edinson Cavani got injured moments after he scored Paris Saint-Germain's second goal with a brilliant instinctive lob in a 4-0 win against Rennes on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) in the French league.

The win moved PSG three points behind leader Nice, which earlier lost 1-0 at Caen for its first league defeat of the season.

Monaco is second, level on 26 points with third-placed PSG after 12 rounds.

PSG's other goals came from Marco Verratti's volley and fellow midfielder Adrien Rabiot's firm strike in the second half, with an own-goal from Rennes midfielder Gelson Fernandes putting PSG ahead in the 31st minute.

The defeat could have been worse for an insipid Rennes side mustering just one shot on target. PSG right back Serge Aurier hit the crossbar twice and midfielder Thiago Motta headed against the post.

Although the score was comfortable, Rennes gifted PSG the first two goals.

The first came when Fernandes put the ball into his own net, after Cavani's powerful glancing header from a corner bounced off the crossbar and landed near Fernandes.

Earlier in the first half, Fernandes had done remarkably well to head Thiago Silva's point-blank header off the line.

His own goal was followed by a ghastly error from captain Pedro Mendes in the 42nd.

Mendes tried to pass out from the back but gave it straight to Cavani, some 25 meters (yards) out. Cavani had very little time to react and showed great awareness as he turned to lob goalkeeper Benoit Costil with a curling shot.

Moments after netting his league-leading 11th goal of the season, the Uruguay striker clutched the back of his right thigh and was replaced by Spanish forward Jese.

Costil was beaten again, this time from nearly 30 meters out when Rabiot's low shot skidded in off his arm in the 67th.

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Substitute Hatem Ben Arfa set up the fourth, cleverly picking out Verratti near the penalty spot in the 79th.

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