PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain recorded its first win of the season on Sunday, but the narrow 2-1 victory at newly-promoted Nantes was far from convincing from the defending French champions.
Edinson Cavani almost gave PSG the lead in the 23 minute but sent a fierce volley just past the left upright. However, the Uruguay striker grabbed his second goal of the season less than a minute later, beating the offside trap to race onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic's through ball and fire home.
Nantes began to get into the game and had two brilliant chances to level moments before halftime. Vincent Bessat found himself all alone in front of goal but PSG defender Maxwell threw himself at the ball to deflect the effort over the bar. Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu then blocked Gabriel Cichero's acrobatic effort from the resulting corner on the line.
Nantes did equalize seven minutes into the second half, when PSG defender Alex headed Jordan Veretout's free kick into his own net, under pressure from Papy Mison Djilobodji.
And the home side almost took the lead shortly after but Sirigu pulled off a fantastic save to tip Alejandro Bedoya's effort over the bar.
Ezequiel Lavezzi scored what proved to be the winner in the 73rd minute, volleying into the top right corner after Lucas' effort was cleared off the line by Cichero.
Nantes laid siege to PSG's goal and the capital side was forced to defend in numbers as it clung on for its first victory after opening its title defense with two draws.
"It's good, we're especially happy to get our first victory," Sirigu said. "We suffered, but the result makes us happy. When they equalized I thought it wasn't going to happen this time, but finally we scored our second goal and won.
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