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Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani (bottom) reacts with teammates after scoring the first goal for his team during their Champions League soccer match against APOEL Nicosia at the Parc des Princes in Paris November 5 J.T. Compher Womens Jersey , 2014. [PhotoAgencies] PARIS - Edinson Cavani's early goal helped Paris St Germain secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare after a 1-0 home win over APOEL on Wednesday.

Uruguay striker Cavani found the back of the net in the first minute to hand PSG their second win in as many matches against APOEL, who are eliminated from Europe's premier club competition.

PSG lead Group F with 10 points from four games ahead of Barcelona, who trail the French champions by one point. Ajax lie third on two points and APOEL are bottom with one.

Barca beat Ajax 2-0 away to book their ticket in the knockout phase.

"We did what we had to. It was difficult to find space against a team who came to defend," said team captain Thiago Silva.

"There are still things to improve. Now we rest, because on Sunday we have another game that will be more difficult than this one."

PSG coach Laurent Blanc added he had hoped his side would score more goals on Wednesday.

"We wanted more, the fans wanted more. There should have been more goals." Blanc told a news conference.

"We would like to finish top of the group but so do Barcelona. But there is one game (against Ajax) before the Camp Nou and it will be equally important."

APOEL had a good opportunity in the first half through Nuno Morais but they were never a threat at the Parc des Princes, even if PSG wasted almost a dozen chances in an erratic performance four days before taking on arch-rivals and Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille.

Blanc's side were still without talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been out of action with a heel injury since September, but it was quickly forgotten.

Blanc said he was hopeful Ibrahimovic could return on Sunday to face PSG.

Cavani scored PSG's fastest goal in the Champions League when he volleyed home from inside the box after teeing himself up from Gregory van der Wiel's cross after 54 seconds, also benefiting from keeper Urko Pardo's clumsiness.

It was Cavani's fourth goal in as many games and the Uruguayan then wasted a handful of clear chances.

Morais came close to equalising shortly afterwards but he skied a close-range shot over the bar.

At the end of a swift move between Javier Pastore and Lucas, Cavani hit the post with a diving header from the Brazilian's long cross from the right in the 18th minute.

Lucas's low crossed shot then shaved the post after it was deflected by Pardo.

Cavani missed a golden opportunity in the 37th when he pushed the ball a little too far as he tried to dribble past Pardo in the box.

After the break, Pastore and Lucas unsettled the APOEL defence with dazzling runs but both failed to find the target.

Cavani missed yet another chance to put the game to bed with a low shot that went just wide off Pardo's right post 10 minutes from time.



MELBOURNE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- India survived a major batting scare in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup to sneak over the line against the West Indies with a slender four- wicket victory in Western Australia on Friday.

Needing just 183 to win after a top-order collapse from the West Indies, India nearly let a golden opportunity slip when they fell to 6134 in the 30th over.

But, as he has on countless occasions before, captain MS Dhoni held his nerve and scored an unbeaten 45 from 56 deliveries, joining in a 51-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin to lead India to a crucial, if unconvincing win.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the West Indies were the victims of their own demise at the early stages of their innings.

After Mohammed Shami snared the wicket of Dwayne Smith on 6, Marlon Samuels featured in some suicidal running between the wickets to depart for 2, while a Chris Gayle brain fade saw the opener dismissed on 21.

It was a disappointing start and one that left the West Indies reeling at 435 just nine overs into their innings. But it would soon get worse.

Shami re-entered the attack and claimed his third, while both Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja joined him as multiple wicket- takers as their opposition's batting lineup verged on total capitulation.

However, young captain Jason Holder again stood tall in a crisis. Combining in 39- and 51-run partnerships down the order with Darren Sammy and Jerome Taylor respectively, he steered the West Indies to a competitive total.

While Sammy, who made 26 from 55 deliveries, and Taylor, 11 from 18, held firm at one end, Holder bludgeoned India's attack at the other. He carted four boundaries and three over the fence on his way to 57 from 64 balls.

Having never made an ODI half-century before the tournament, Holder now has two in two games, as the West Indies finished on 182 before their captain was eventually the last man out.

In reply, India's run chase never looked convincing. Similar to the West Indies, the batting side got off to a slow start, with Taylor claiming two wickets in his first four overs.

Virat Kohli appeared as though he had stabilized matters, hitting five boundaries and quickly moving to 33, but Andrew Russell secured the prize wicket of India's Test captain as nerves swept through the camp of the reigning champions.

Consistent dismissals were hampering their innings, with Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Jadeja all making starts, before falling at crucial times.

But, coming in at 478, Dhoni would be the cool head that India desperately required. In a low-scoring match, his knock of 45 not out proved the decisive factor in India's victory.

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