Edinson Cavani’s first and second goals of the season (57′, 73′) helped PSG win past Monaco 3-0 to go top of the table with their 100 per cent record firmly intact.

AS Monaco 0 – 3 Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain made the 1,000 kilometre journey south to AS Monaco looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Ligue 1 campaign. Zlatan Ibrahimović returned to Laurent Blanc’s starting line-up for the first time since the 2-0 Trophée des Champions win over Olympique Lyonnais at the beginning of the month, and his influence was felt early on by the home defence. The Swede – PSG’s top scorer in the league last season with 19 – picked up Serge Aurier’s pass before turning Andrea Raggi, but his shot flew just wide of the far post (6′).

Lucas Moura then had a gilt-edged chance to make it 1-0 to the champions, but after controlling an incisive through-ball from Marco Verratti the Brazilian volleyed his attempt straight at Monaco ‘keeper Danijel Subašić (15′).

El Shaarawy chance

Monaco came into this game having failed to defeat PSG in their last eight clashes, but they enjoyed some chances of their own after those early scares. Debutant Stephan El Shaarawy – who won the Supercoppa Italiana with AC Milan alongside Ibrahimović in 2011 – came closest to scoring for Leonardo Jardim’s side. The 22-year-old did well to spin past Blaise Matuidi in the middle of the park before selling Thiago Silva – another former Serie A teammate – a dummy, but he was put off his shot on the edge of the box by a recovering Matuidi (17’).

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Layvin Kurzawa this week completed a 25m euros move from Monaco to PSG. The France left-back is nursing a thigh injury, though, and will have to wait for his debut. It was Maxwell who began the game, then, and on this performance Kurzawa could have his work cut out to dislodge the Brazilian. A Maxwell cutback should have been touched home by Cavani (26′) before a wicked corner from the veteran’s cultured left foot evaded each of Aurier, Silva and Thiago Motta on the stroke of half-time (43′).

Trapp clean sheet

Monaco forward Anthony Martial was called for France for the first time this week, for the Euro 2016 practice matches against Portugal and Serbia. The former Olympique Lyonnais man showed flashes as to why at the start of the second half. Martial’s skill and power created a good chance for El Shaarawy, but the Italy international saw his shot well saved by Kevin Trapp (49′).

It was PSG who eventually broke the deadlock. Ibra played the ball to Matuidi down the left-wing and the midfielder – a scorer in each of Les Parisiens’ last two matches, against Gazélec Ajaccio and Montpellier Hérault SC – turned provider, crossing for Cavani who headed home his first goal of the season for 1-0 (57′).

Impressive Di María debut

Ángel Di María, signed for a cool 63m euros from Manchester United in the summer, was fit enough to enter the fray for PSG, coming on for Lucas with 25 minutes to go (65′). The Argentina winger’s impact was instant, and he nearly had his first assist in Les Rouge-et-Bleu colours a minute later, but after a cross from deep into Cavani, the Uruguayan striker saw his header saved by Subašić (66′). Cavani was not to be denied for long, though. Ibrahimović slid a perfectly-weighted through ball to his strike partner, and Cavani did the rest, side-footing the ball into the far corner to make it 2-0 (73′).

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Aurier could have added gloss to the scoreline late on, but after finding himself one-on-one with the Monaco shot-stopper he blazed his effort high and wide (79′). There was still time for Ezequiel Lavezzi to get his name on the scoresheet though. Di María picked out the substitute with another fine pass to split the Monaco defence, and Lavezzi volleyed home to complete the scoring at 3-0 (83′). PSG go back to the top of the table, and are now only one win away from equalling Girondins de Bordeaux’s record 14-match winning streak in Ligue 1, set in 2009 under the guidance of Blanc.