It was a magical Friday night for Emmanuel Riviere.
Given away by Newcastle this summer to get him off the wage bill, the 27 year old making his debut for Metz.
It was bottom v top and that was the way it remained, although the game proved a major milestone for Emmanuel Riviere.
Newcastle elected not to offer the asking price for Alexandre Lacazette in summer 2014 and instead went for £6m ‘bargain’ but Riviere.
In his three years on Newcastle’s books he scored one league goal, that coming over two years ago at QPR in a 2-1 win on 16 May 2015. Amusingly he even fluked that one, kicking the ball with one foot and then the ball hitting his other foot and confusing the goalkeeper.
Last night it looked bleak as PSG peppered the Metz goal and Cavani eventually scoring in the 31st minute.
In fairness to the hosts and Emmanuel Riviere, they had also had some chances as well, with the striker looking a threat(!).
Only six minutes after the opener, Metz were level, as Riviere scored (watch it below) with his head from a right wing cross – only his second league goal since April 2014.
Amazingly, Emmanuel Riviere could and should have put Metz ahead just after the break, a defensive mix-up leaving the former Newcastle man with an open goal. His miss was something special and is essential viewing below.
Metz then made a fatal decision when subbing Riviere on 55 minutes, it was all downhill from there.
PSG started to pile on the pressure/class and goals came from Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani (again) and Moura.
The final score was 5-1 and after five matches, PSG are top with maximum points and Riviere and his new club rock bottom on zero points.
We might look at the haves and have nots in the Premier League but in France it is a whole other world, summed up by last night.
PSG having the likes of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar amongst their goalscorers, whilst Metz are relying on freebie Riviere!
Enjoy the action below and if you want to go straight to the Emmanuel Riviere special moments, the goal is at 4.24 and the open goal miss is 5.17.