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PSG beat Troyes behind Di Maria, Nkunku

PSG beat Troyes behind Di Maria, Nkunku”

Paris Saint-Germain have handed George Weah's teenage son Timothy his first call-up to a senior squad, with a host of star names missing Saturday's Ligue 1 game at Troyes.

Second-half goals from Angel di Maria and Christopher Nkunku secured the win for Unai Emery's side ahead of their clash against Real Madrid in the second leg round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

PSG dominated the first half but could not find a way past Zelazny.

But a fine Di Maria effort early in the second half, his seventh goal in six games across all competitions, ended Troyes' dogged resistance.

PSG have lost only twice in the league this season - their last defeat against Lyon in January - while Troyes remain deep in relegation trouble after winning only two of their last 10 matches.

77′ GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Great pass from @DaniAlvesD2 for @c_nk97, who opens his account for the season and doubles Paris' lead!

Aside from that opportunity, PSG's lack of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe was telling during the early exchanges, as their replacements showed little sign of being on the same wavelength and clear-cut chances failed to flow.

He made several smart saves, including on two Lo Celso shots from outside the penalty area and an overhead kick from Nkunku. Julian Draxler slipped a pass through for Di Maria and the Argentinian lifted the ball over the advancing Zelazny.

Weah, a United States youth worldwide and the son of 1995 Ballon d'Or victor George Weah, is therefore in line to make his PSG debut, while Lorenzo Callegari could start his first Ligue 1 match.

PSG made light of Neymar's absence in their first league encounter since his season-ending injury last week, and only a brilliant display by Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny denied them a more convincing victory.



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