Cavani breaks his Valencia duck and joins elite South American group
Edinson Cavani grabbed his first goals for Valencia in a 2-2 draw with Elche on Saturday, and joined an elite group of South American stars in the process.
The 35-year-old Uruguay striker netted a 41st-minute penalty followed by a stoppage-time header for a quickfire double late in the first half of the LaLiga game at Mestalla.
It gave Valencia a 2-1 lead, but they were pegged back by Pere Milla's second goal of the game midway through the second half.
Cavani became the fifth South American player in the 21st century to score in four of the top five European leagues, Opta stated.
He followed Alexis Sanchez, James Rodríguez, Philippe Coutinho and Angel Di Maria into that exclusive club.
Cavani has netted in Serie A for Palermo and Napoli, in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain, where he is the club's record scorer, and in the Premier League for Manchester United. He has not yet played in the Bundesliga.
The goals against Elche came in Cavani's fourth game for Valencia, having joined the club in August after his United contract expired.