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Stade Nungesser (ATT 19,180) 25th September 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: R Buquet

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Paris St Germain PSG

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E Cavani (45+2)

Cavani nets PSG winner

Last Updated: 25/09/13 8:40pm

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Matthieu Dossevi turns with the ball.

Matthieu Dossevi turns with the ball.

Edinson Cavani scored the only goal as Paris St Germain kept up the pressure at the top of Ligue 1 and heaped further misery on Valenciennes manager Daniel Sanchez.

The champions are unbeaten in their title defence but have been held three times, with Cavani's strike in first-half injury-time getting them back to winning ways after Sunday's draw with fellow pace-setters Monaco.

Sanchez was given a vote of confidence by VA president Jean-Raymond Legrand on Wednesday afternoon but that will come as little consolation after he saw his side slip to a sixth consecutive defeat.

Valenciennes kept PSG at bay for almost the entire first half but Laurent Blanc's men took the lead in the dying stages.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the creator and he released Cavani into the right side of the area where the former Napoli striker did the rest, finishing confidently across Nicolas Penneteau.

The home side almost grabbed an equaliser straight after the restart as Lindsay Rose met a corner with a powerful header but Marco Verratti was on the line to clear.

Ibrahimovic then went close twice in the space of a minute but failed to double the lead.

Lucas Digne burst down the left and delivered a cross which the Sweden international turned goalwards but Penneteau made a comfortable save.

And just moments later the former Barcelona man was at it again as he found space after receiving a Javier Pastore pass but could only drag wide.

VA made a late push for an equaliser and Anthony Le Tallec's 84th-minute free-kick looked as if it was heading for the back of net but flew wide after dipping over the wall.

With just a minute remaining Valenciennes had another chance as Mathieu Dossevi beat Digne on the right and found Le Tallec totally unmarked in front of goal but the former Liverpool man could not get the ball out of his feet and PSG survived.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20