Ibrahimovic nets twice as PSG outclass Lyon

December 03, 2013 - 2:05:44 pm


Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the French Ligue 1 match against Lyon at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on Sunday.
PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain underlined their superiority over the rest of the French top flight on Sunday as Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted twice in a 4-0 win against Lyon at the Parc des Princes.

Ibrahimovic scored both of his goals from the penalty spot as he moved clear at the top of the Ligue 1 scorers chart, while South Americans Edinson Cavani and captain Thiago Silva also found the target to help PSG continue their unbeaten record in all competitions this season.

They remain four points clear of Lille and five ahead of Monaco at the top of the standings after easing past a Lyon side who once dominated the French scene themselves but are currently languishing in mid-table.

But while Lyon coach Remi Garde accepted that his team are “not competing in the same league as Paris”, opposite number Laurent Blanc insisted the scoreline was not necessarily a fair reflection on the game.

“The size of the scoreline could make you think it was easy from beginning to end, but Lyon made life difficult for us early on,” he said. The build-up to the match was overshadowed by the news that both team buses were stoned on the way to the stadium, while Lyon lost Bafetimbi Gomis to injury in the warm-up.

They were also helped by referee Antony Gautier’s decision not to award a penalty when Cavani went down under a challenge from Bakary Kone 16 minutes in.

PSG got their noses in front nine minutes before the interval when Cavani met a corner from the left and headed in through the legs of Yoann Gourcuff, who was standing on the near post.

Five minutes later, the Uruguayan was brought down again inside the box. This time, Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre was the culprit, and a penalty was awarded.

Ibrahimovic sent Vercoutre the wrong way as he coolly chipped into the net. Lyon conceded again on the hour mark as Brazil skipper Silva converted the loose ball following a corner for his first ever goal in Ligue 1.

And there was more pain to come as Ibrahimovic beat Vercoutre from the spot once again for the home side.     AFP
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