Angel di Maria scored twice as Paris St-Germain defeated Nice 4-1 at the Allianz Riviera on Friday evening.
The Argentina international broke the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark before grabbing a most stylish second six minutes later.
Released in behind the right-hand side of the Nice defence, Di Maria found himself with little time and room to figure out his next move.
Many players would’ve simply brought the ball under control, held up the play and assessed their available options.
But Di Maria? Nope, he had other ideas given the scintillating form he’s enjoying right now.
Sprinting towards the touchline with no more than five yards to spare, the 31-year-old executed a perfect first-time lob over goalkeeper Walter Daniel Benitez.
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One look at the video below and you’ll be hardly surprised that it was his seventh goal of the season.
That’s the finish of a supremely confident player.
Nice hit back through Ignatius Ganago midway through the second half, though shortly after, any potential comeback was virtually killed off when both Wylan Cyprien and Christophe Herelle were dismissed in the space of three minutes.
Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi eventually made sure of the three points, scoring in the 88th and 91st minutes respectively.
Despite the hectic nature of the match, Di Maria was undoubtedly the star of the show.
He now has five goals in Ligue 1 and two in the Champions League (both against his former club Real Madrid, no less).
The versatile midfielder found the net five times in his first seven games, then endured a month-long dry spell until Friday’s brace on the south-east coast of France.
Nonetheless, such a prolific start has set Di Maria on course to surpass his career-best tally of 21 strikes in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.
While PSG so often rely on Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani to produce in front of goal, Di Maria’s potency is nothing new.
Having registered 15, 14, 21 and 19 goals in his four full seasons at the Parc des Princes, he can be expected to make another telling contribution to the Ligue 1 leaders’ bid for a seventh title in eight years.
PSG are five points clear of second-placed Nantes, who travel to relegation battlers Metz on Saturday.News Now - Sport News