PSG win, but controversy swirls around bickering between Cavani, Neymar
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain made it six wins from as many Ligue 1 matches with a 2-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais at Parc des Princes on Sunday. However, Unai Emery's men needed a pair of own goals to get all three points as Neymar and Edinson Cavani annoyed each other.
The result. The hosts were not at their best but still managed to get all the points and remain three points clear at the top of the table. Lyon also provided a stern enough test to raise some important questions ahead of Bayern Munich's visit in the UEFA Champions League.
Giovani Lo Celso. Had the Argentinian not been introduced after 71 minutes, PSG might not have made the breakthrough. Until the South American's ankle-breaking turn and cross, the French capital outfit lacked ideas going forward.
Alphonse Areola. After a shaky showing away to Metz, the French goalkeeper has responded with two well-earned clean sheets against Celtic and Lyon. That will be enough to keep his critics at bay -- for now.
Neymar and Cavani bickering. The Uruguay international taking penalties ahead of the Brazilian superstar was something Emery was questioned about before the match, and it surfaced as an issue during the game. Dani Alves refused to give the ball to Cavani before a free kick, and Neymar pestered Cavani to take a second-half penalty before Les Parisiens' No. 9 had his spot kick saved by Anthony Lopes.
Layvin Kurzawa. The France international put in another lacklustre performance. Aside from his goal against Toulouse and his assist against Celtic, he has done little to justify his starting role this season.
Midfield. With Adrien Rabiot semi-fit and Thiago Motta ageing by the match, PSG looked thin in midfield and badly in need of Marco Verratti's return from suspension.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Emery's starting XI looked like they were going to be frustrated by an impressive young Lyon side, but the Spaniard's introduction of Lo Celso changed things in the nick of time.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alphonse Areola, 7 -- It was another assured showing from the Frenchman after he came in for criticism after a nervy display away at Metz. Emery's sticking with him as his first choice between the sticks is starting to breed confidence.
DF Dani Alves, 7 -- Although the Brazil international was guilty of some very unsporting behaviour when he hid the ball from Cavani to make sure that Neymar got it, he was balanced on the pitch and even managed to do more on the left side than Kurzawa did.
DF Thiago Silva (c), 6 -- Aside from a late booking, the captain was strong and secure throughout and no-nonsense at times.
DF Presnel Kimpembe, 6 -- The youth academy graduate, like central defensive partner Silva, was solid enough up against a talented Lyon attack.
DF Layvin Kurzawa, 2 -- It was the latest in a lengthy line of disappointing showings from the Frenchman, who was lucky not to concede an early penalty and was booed off after 72 minutes.
MF Thiago Motta, 5 -- Part of a midfield pair, in which he looked uncomfortable away to Metz, the veteran Italian was once again off the pace and picked up a booking on the stroke of half-time.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- The France international was clearly not 100 percent fit and had Verratti not been suspended, the youth academy graduate might have been a substitute or rested.
MW Julian Draxler, 5 -- After a bright start, the Germany international's promise petered out and he was replaced after 71 minutes. Lo Celso came on and created the opener almost immediately.
FW Kylian Mbappe, 6 -- The teenage sensation made his Parc des Princes debut, and although he forced PSG's second goal, he did not shine that brightly. There were small flickers of magic but nothing too substantial.
FW Neymar, 5 -- Comfortably the Brazil international's worst PSG outing so far. The South American went close with a second-half free kick, which was saved by Lopes, but otherwise picked up a booking and questioned Cavani's set piece authority.
FW Edinson Cavani, 6 -- The Uruguayan got a flick on Lo Celso's cross for the opener, but the final touch came from Lyon's Marcelo. Lopes made the save on Cavani's second-half spot kick, but Neymar's pestering arguably contributed to his failure to convert.
MF Giovani Lo Celso, NR -- The Argentinian changed the match in his late cameo. Whether or not he is awarded the assist for the opener, he created it.
DF Yuri Berchiche, NR -- The Spaniard added greater balance on the left side in 18 minutes than Kurzawa did in nearly 80. It is something for Emery to consider away at Montpellier HSC next week.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.