PARIS – Even without stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a resounding 4-0 victory on Friday over St. Etienne to remain perfect five weeks into the 2018-2019 Ligue 1 season.
In the absence of Neymar – who got a night off after his excursion to Brazil for the international break – and the suspended Mbappe, the PSG attack was led by the trio of Julian Draxler, Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani.
Draxler opened the scoring with a header in the 23rd minute off a pass from Marco Verrati.
The second goal came in the 51st minute, when Cavani converted from the penalty spot after Loic Perrin fouled him inside the box.
Di Maria made it 3-0 in the 76th minute and Moussa Diaby added a fourth with six minutes left in regulation.
PSG leads the league with 15 points, 6 more than Dijon FCO and Toulouse, who both have a game in hand.
St. Etienne, with 6 points, is in 12th place.