It may not have been pretty, but Paris Saint-Germain secured three important Ligue 1 points with a 1-0 win over Valenciennes at Stade du Hainaut on Wednesday.
Edinson Cavani’s solitary goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to see Laurent Blanc’s men past a stubborn home side, but it was not a convincing showing from the defending champions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pass provided El Matador with the goal, laying it on a plate for the Uruguayan’s third goal of the league season.
However, PSG did not build on their lead and Valenciennes were unlucky not to score in the second 45.
Alex’s precautionary exit at the interval will have alarm bells ringing with ageing replacement Zoumana Camara looking rusty once again after struggling against Monaco on Sunday.
The result was the most important, though, moving the side from the capital into top spot before Monaco hosted Bastia.
Here are six things we learned from Valenciennes-PSG.