Napoli vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Winners and Losers from Acqua Lete Cup

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Napoli vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Winners and Losers from Acqua Lete Cup
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As part of the deal that took Ezequiel Lavezzi to Paris two seasons ago, Paris Saint-Germain organised a friendly match in Naples against his former club Napoli on Monday evening.

The Serie A side welcomed back both Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani to the Stadio San Paolo and there were smiles all-round for both players and the home fans before the game.

The second half provided more of a spectacle than the first 45 minutes with goals from substitutes Gonzalo Higuain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic waking the fans up from what was an uneventful first half.

Both goals came from goalkeeping mistakes, Nicolas Douchez fumbled Lorenzo Insigne’s fierce shot and Higuain added the finish. Then Ibrahimovic capitalised from a finger-tip save from Rafael Cabral to side-foot in the equaliser.

It was Javier Pastore's late goal that stole the show though, returning to Italy from his time at Palermo he scored PSG’s second and the game-winner only minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The match also gave PSG coach Laurent Blanc the chance to play his first-choice central defence pairing of Thiago Silva and David Luiz for the first time after they returned to training following the World Cup.

However, the decision to play the Brazil captain backfired and provided the only real talking point as PSG’s captain had to come off after only 12 minutes. He pulled up after attempting a back heel, and he was later seen limping off the bench with his right hamstring heavily bandaged.

It was a match played at an obviously slower tempo than both sides would expect in league games, with both line-ups featuring a mixture of first-team members and players trying to impress both Blanc and Rafa Benitez.

Here are both the winners and losers from Monday night’s Acqua Lete cup match.

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