Lucas scores 2 penalties as PSG beats Bordeaux 3-0 to move into 2nd place in French league



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PARIS — Lucas Moura scored with two penalties and fellow winger Ezequiel Lavezzi capped his return from injury with a late goal as unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain beat Bordeaux 3-0 Saturday to move into outright second place in the French league.

After both sides had a player sent off for straight red cards, Lucas scored his first penalty in first-half injury time and the Brazilian added the second shortly after the break.

Lavezzi, who has been out for a month with a hamstring injury, pounced with a volley from midfielder Blaise Matuidi's cross in the 81st minute after coming off the bench.

Two-time defending champion PSG remains undefeated and is four points behind leader Marseille, which goes to play fourth-place Lyon on Sunday.

Bordeaux is three points behind PSG in third place.

"It hurts. There were some surprising decisions but Paris deserved to win," Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol said. "They controlled the game better than we did and played better going forward."

Marseille travels to play fourth-place Lyon on Sunday and can set a new club record with a ninth straight win.

For the second straight week, PSG had a player sent off when right back Gregory Van der Wiel was shown a straight red card in the 27th minute for a tackle from behind on Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri.

Referee Tony Chapron then showed Bordeaux Andre Poko a straight red for a knee-high foul on fellow midfielder Marco Verratti.

Sagnal, PSG coach Laurent Blanc's former France teammate, was furious with the decision.

"If that's a red card, then perhaps we should take up dancing or figure skating," he said. "You can interpret it how you like. The red card was already in his hand before Verratti fell down."

Chapron then awarded PSG a penalty in first-half stoppage time when Cedric Yambere brought down Verratti and Lucas scored confidently from the spot.

PSG was again missing star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been out for more than one month with a heel injury, and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani was suspended after being sent off last weekend against Lens.

Winger Jean-Christophe Bahebeck earned a rare start in an unfamiliar center forward's role, flanked by Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore and Lucas.

PSG had an early claim for a penalty kick turned down after forward Diego Rolan barged into midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

After Van der Wiel's sending off, Bordeaux went close when Rolan fired over following a corner and then had a penalty shout of his own turned down after a challenge from David Luiz.

Lucas made it 2-0 in the 50th, after being pulled down by defender Nicolas Pallois.

Bordeaux hit back and PSG goalie Salvatore Sirigu made a smart stop to deny midfielder Jaroslav Plasil a minute later.

After Matuidi had forced a save from goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso, Matuidi sprinted down the left and crossed to the back post, where Lavezzi beat Carrasso with a slightly deflected strike.

In Saturday's later games, it is: Bastia vs. Monaco; Caen vs. Lorient; Evian vs. Nantes, and Reims vs. Montpellier.

Also Sunday, it is: Rennes vs. Lille; Guingamp vs. Nice, and Saint-Etienne vs. Metz.

Lens won 2-0 at Toulouse in Friday's game.

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