Angel Di Maria maintained his rich scoring form and USA youth player Timothy Weah, son of George Weah, made his debut as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at Troyes 2-0 on Saturday.
PARIS (AP) Angel Di Maria maintained his rich scoring form and George Weah's son made his debut as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at Troyes 2-0 on Saturday.
Two minutes after halftime, Di Maria ran onto a clever flick from Julian Draxler and dinked the ball over goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny, who rushed off his line. It was his 13th goal since January, and he looks certain to start against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in Madrid.
Attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku wrapped up the win with a well-taken goal in the 77th, cutting inside a defender and rifling in a shot.
Moments later, 18-year-old striker Timothy Weah - the son of Liberia President and former PSG striker George Weah - went on for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. He almost scored after going clean through right at the end, but Zelazny denied him.
PSG remained 14 points clear of second-place Monaco with 10 games left and is coasting to the title. It was all very comfortable against 18th-placed Troyes, even with PSG's three best forwards missing.
Brazil star Neymar had an operation on Saturday to repair a broken toe in his right foot and could be out for up to three months. With one eye on Madrid, coach Unai Emery left out Kylian Mbappe, top scorer Edinson Cavani, and key midfielder Marco Verratti.
PSG still dominated the first half but could not find a way past Zelazny.
He made several smart saves, including on two Lo Celso shots from outside the penalty area and an overhead kick from Nkunku.
In a late game, Rennes would go fifth with a win at Amiens.
Monaco beat Bordeaux 2-1 on Friday to move five points ahead of third-place Marseille, which is at home to Nantes on Sunday.