PSG squeaks by APOEL 1-0, secures spot in UCL knockout round
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored after just 57 seconds as Paris Saint-Germain beat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 on Wednesday in a scrappy game to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
The striker's fourth goal in as many games threatened to spark a rout, but PSG ultimately flattered to deceive.
With injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic watching from the stands, Cavani also hit the post while Brazilian winger Lucas spurned other first-half chances.
But the well-organized Cypriot side defended resolutely and PSG's performance became disjointed as the game wore on.
PSG, unbeaten so far this season, has not lost at home in European competition since Nov. 2006 and tops Group F with 10 points —one more than Barcelona, which won 2-0 away to Ajax thanks to two goals from Argentina star Lionel Messi.