Cavani's brace propels PSG past Lorient

Paris, France ( - Edinson Cavani scored a goal in each half as PSG rolled to a 4-0 home win against Lorient on Friday, taking the team three points clear of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1.

Lucas Moura got the hosts off to a flying start when he collected a cross from Lucas Digne and tucked the ball inside the right post just three minutes into the match.

Marco Verratti set up PSG's second goal in the 39th with a through ball to Jeremy Menez, while Cavani netted his first goal a few minutes before halftime when he nodded home a cross from Lucas.

PSG had the match well in hand throughout the second half, and Cavani added to his total nine minutes from time when he reacted quickly to pounce on a loose ball and score from close range following a corner kick.

Monaco is unbeaten through 11 games and hits the road for a tough test at third-place Lille, which has won five of its last six games in Ligue 1.

Nantes enters the weekend in fourth place after having its four-game winning streak halted by Lille last time out, and the club will entertain bottom-half Montpellier.

Guingamp has been a surprise package in Ligue 1 this season and the club brings a three-game winning streak into its away match at Lyon, while Marseille attempts to halt a three-match losing skid at Rennes.

Valenciennes travels to Ajaccio in a battle of bottom-three teams, Toulouse squares off with Evian, Sochaux has won just once in 11 games and hosts St Etienne, Bastia travels to Reims and Bordeaux tangles with Nice as the two sides enter the weekend separated by three points.