An 84th-minute penalty kick in a 4-0 game might go down as one of Edinson Cavani’s most memorable goals for Paris Saint-Germain.
On Wednesday, Les Parisiens defeated Galatasaray S.K. at the Parc des Princes in the last group stage match of the UEFA Champions League. Cavani, who started the game on the bench and came on in the 68th minute, ran out onto the pitch to the PSG supporters singing his name in an effort to show that he is, and always will be, a fan-favorite now matter how poor his form has been this season.
L’image de la soirée.
Cet instant où le Parc scande, retient son souffle et rugit, au gré de cet instant, partagé par Neymar et Cavani. Quand un écrin de béton vibre, ça donne ça… #PSGGAL pic.twitter.com/weFGiKNPB5
— Ambre Godillon (@AmbreGodillon) December 11, 2019
It’s been a difficult campaign for PSG’s all-time leading scorer. Cavani entered the match having scored only two goals all year while wasting many more opportunities. He’s battled injuries and has had to cope with being replaced with Mauro Icardi in the starting lineup. None of that mattered though as Kylian Mbappé won a penalty kick and Neymar Jr. presented him with the ball to take the shot.
Neymar quel homme, Cavani on oublie pas meilleur buteur du PSG ❤️💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/6ejQOiNsyF
— 7️⃣ (@7Joia) December 11, 2019
After a lengthy VAR review, Cavani stepped up and calmly scored the penalty past fellow Uruguayan Fernando Muslera of Galatasaray. It was an incredible moment if you watched the game live. The fans singing, Neymar’s gesture of giving him the ball, and Cavani finally scoring for the first time since last August. On Thursday, Cavani took to Instagram to share what the moment meant to him:
“Unforgettable to live and feel what happened yesterday at Parc des Princes. I’ll have it eternally with me. #ICICESTPARIS”
I’ve been hard on Cavani this season because of his poor form but you can’t deny that he loves the club and gives everything he has for the badge. The moment certainly struck a nerve with him and no matter how the rest of the season plays out, this will surely be a highlight in his PSG career, which may be coming to an end at the end of the season as his contract runs out and no extension has been offered as of yet.
Up next for PSG is an away match at AS Saint-Étienne this Sunday as they return to Ligue 1 action. We’ll have more on that match in the coming days so make sure to check back and find me on Twitter @PSGTalk.
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