Cavani Hat-trick as PSG Buries Henry’s Monaco

Thierry Henry’s disastrous start as coach of Monaco continued on Sunday as Edinson Cavani’s VAR-assisted hat-trick helped Paris Saint-Germain to an easy 4-0 win that saw them extend their perfect record in Ligue 1 this season.

Neymar netted a penalty to complete PSG’s victory, as they made it 13 wins from 13 league games under Thomas Tuchel, further stretching their start to the season that is a record in France and in Europe’s big five leagues.

But while they go 13 points clear of second-placed Lille at the Ligue 1 summit, the club who have been their main challengers continued their deeply worrying slump, with Henry again left to look on helplessly from the touchline.

Champions in 2017, Monaco are in the relegation zone and five points away from outright safety having failed to win in six matches in all competitions since the Arsenal and France great took charge.

The principality side have now gone 16 games without a win, with this result following a 4-0 home reverse against Club Brugge which knocked them out of the Champions League.

Henry has picked up a squad who have been cursed by injuries, and here he was missing a dozen players due either to injury or suspension at kick-off.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Lucas Ocampos and Adil Rami scored as Marseille bounced back from a run of four straight defeats to beat Dijon 2-0 on an emotional afternoon at the Velodrome.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off in memory of the eight people killed when two buildings collapsed in the southern French city on Monday.

The result lifted Marseille up to sixth in the table, back to within three points of third-placed Montpellier, who beat them 3-0 last weekend.

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