PSG make light of Neymar absence with victory over Troyes
Last Updated: 03/03/18 9:39pm
Angel Di Maria and Christopher Nkunku scored second-half goals as Paris St Germain won 2-0 at Troyes to go 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Di Maria broke the deadlock early in the second half before Nkunku's first goal of the season ensured a sixth straight league win for Unai Emery's side.
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.
Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil on Saturday to repair the fracture to his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, sustained in last week's league win against Marseille.
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.
Rennes extended their unbeaten league run to four matches and climbed up three places to fifth after a 2-0 win at Amiens.
Wahbi Khazri scored just before half-time and Ismaila Sarr added a late second for the visitors.
Angers gave their survival hopes a boost by securing back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, 3-0 at home against Guingamp.
Flavien Tait headed Angers in front inside the opening minute and late goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Ismael Traore sealed their victory.
St Etienne extended their unbeaten league run to six matches after drawing 2-2 at home against Dijon.
Robert Beric's header cancelled out Julio Tavares' opener for Dijon just before half-time and the Slovenia international equalised again after the visitors had regained the lead through Wesley Said.
Metz remain bottom after Toulouse defender Kelvin Adou struck late on to earn his side a 1-1 draw.
Nolan Roux headed Metz into a first-half lead, but after their defender Julian Palmieri had been shown a straight red card for his tackle on Max Gradel before half-time, Adou equalised in the 84th minute.