Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani propel PSG back to Ligue 1 summit

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after only 10 minutes and added a second three minutes later against Bastia. Cavani then added a brilliant third and a late penalty.

Updated: October 20, 2013 11:57 IST
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Paris: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani both struck twice to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable 4-0 victory over hapless Bastia and lift the capital side three points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after only 10 minutes and added a second three minutes later which broke the game wide open and put PSG in command against their Corsican visitors.

Cavani then added a brilliant third and a late penalty to carry Laurent Blanc's unbeaten side to their seventh win in ten outings.

"We started really well and played a good match because the coach rested several players, so to win 4-0 ahead of the trip to Anderlecht (Champions League on Wednesday) is not too bad," said PSG's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

"We had some players suspended and others who came off the bench but we all gave everything for the team and it's a great result."

Sweden captain Ibrahimovic scored a trademark opener when he back-heeled the ball home from mid-air to give former PSG 'keeper Michael Landreau little chance.

The former AC Milan and Barcelona marksman, who capped his maiden campaign in the capital with a league leading 30 goals, then took his tally this season to five in ten matches with a close range finish that appeared to go in off his shoulder following a good cross from Brazilian Lucas.

Blanc even had the luxury of bringing off his talisman early in the second half with one eye on the Champions League trip to Anderlecht, as last season's quarter-finalists look to make it three wins from three in a group that also includes Benfica and Olympiakos.

Cavani continued the rout with a superb individual effort on 63 minutes.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan picked up the ball on the left wing, cut inside the box and beat two defenders as well as rounding Landreau before rolling the ball into an empty goal from an acute angle.

A late 89th minute Cavani penalty, confidently planted in the top right hand corner, gave the scoreline an emphatic look.

Monaco must now attempt to draw level on points when they travel to second-from-bottom Sochaux on Sunday.

In other matches, Nigerian 'keeper Vincent Enyeama saved a late penalty to preserve Lille's 1-0 win at 2012 champions Montpellier while Guingamp came back to defeat Evian 2-1.

Nantes continued their sparking return to the top flight by defeating Ajaccio 1-0 in Corsica, while Algerian Foued Kadir gave Rennes a 2-0 lead before basement dwellers Valenciennes stormed back to salvage a 2-2 draw.

On Friday, Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina shrugged off his World Cup jet lag to star in Nice's 1-0 win over Cote d'Azur rivals Marseille.

Another South American, Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich, grabbed the only goal of the game in the 40th minute for Nice.

A minute's applause was held before kick-off in memory of former Senegal coach and Nice player Bruno Metsu, who died of cancer earlier this week.

In the only other match on Friday, Toulouse edged Reims 2-1 thanks to a 87th minute penalty from Danish international Martin Braithwaite, his third goal of the season.

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