KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Timothy Weah made his second appearance for PSG in their win over Metz while in the Dutch Eerste Divisie Andrija Novakovich continues to score goals at will for Telstar.
Paris Saint Germain may have been knocked out of the Champions League, but they continue to dominate their domestic league as they walked away with a comfortable 5-0 win over Metz.
Head coach Unai Emery continued the weekend as with the previous one by fielding younger players as regulars Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Adrien Rabiot, Dani Alves, and Thiago Motta were rested.
Although not in much of a celebratory mood PSG easily dispatched of their opponents with goals coming from Christopher Nkunku, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Meunier, and Thiago Silva.
Weah entered the game with around 20 minutes left for Angel Di Maria and once again came close to scoring his first senior team goal, but was stopped by Metz goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
With the capital team sitting firmly atop the Ligue 1 standings, Weah could see more action on Wednesday when they take on Angers.
Down in Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg watched from the bench as Auxerre gave a 4-0 thrashing to Sochaux.
Andrija Novakovich started for Telstar over the weekend in their 3-2 loss to Helmond Sport, returned to his scoring ways in the midweek as he bagged two goals a narrow 3-2 win over Almere City.
The White Lions are well in place to lock down a promotion playoff spot and with nine games to go, they will need all the points to ensure that they are not overtaken by the competition.
Almere's David Mirani helped their guest with an own goal in the seventh minute. Mo Hamdaoui was attempting to keep the ball in play for Telstar when it ricocheted off the defender's leg and into the back of the net.
Novakovich took the goal-scoring reins in the second half as he bagged his first in the 50th minute. Shaquill Sno's cross from the right found the forward in the area as he one-timed it past goalkeeper Chiel Kramer.
The Reading loanee got his second of the game seven minutes later when teammate Jasper van Heertum forced the Kramer off his mark before passing the ball over Novakovich, who tapped it into the wide-open goal. That was his 17th goal of the season leaving second on the scorers' list.
The host made things interesting as Josef Kvida and Silvester van der Water scored in the 71st and 76th minutes respectively, but Telstar walked away with all three points in the end.
Telstar currently sits in fourth place in the standings with 51 points.
Up in the Eredivisie, Matt Miazga started for Vitesse as they were thrashed 5-1 by FC Utrecht.
Shane O'Neill watched from the bench for Excelsior in their 3-2 win over VVV Venlo.
Emmanuel Sabbi started for Hobro in their 1-1 tie with Silkeborg.
Bill Hamid watched from the bench as title contenders Midtjylland played fellow chasers Nordsjaelland to a 1-1 tie.
In Serie C, Joshua Perez watched from the bench as Livorno came away with a 2-0 win over Giana Erminio.
Keaton Parks came off the bench for Benfica in their 2-0 win over Desportivo Aves. The Eagles are in a tight race for the league title as they only sit two points behind leaders Porto.