Paris Saint-Germain Cruise to Champions Trophy Triumph in China

Updated: 02 August 2014 20:24 IST

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals inside the opening 20 minutes as the champions effectively ended the match as a contest inside the first period.

Paris Saint-Germain Cruise to Champions Trophy Triumph in China
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) celebrates his first goal against Guingamp during the French season-opening Champions Trophy football match in Beijing on August 2, 2014. © AFP

Beijing:

French Ligue 1 title-holders Paris Saint-Germain added the Champions Trophy to their growing list of accolades with a 2-0 win over Cup winners Guingamp in Beijing on Saturday.

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals inside the opening 20 minutes as the champions effectively ended the match as a contest inside the first period.

It was the capital-based outfit's second successive victory in the competition, between the French champions and Cup winners, having defeated Bordeaux in Gabon in 2013.

They also won the first ever edition in 1995, beating Nantes on penalties.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after just nine minutes when taking goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa by surprise with a shot from 20 yards.

On 20 minutes he doubled the advantage form the penalty spot after Jean-Christophe Bahebeck was brought down by Lars Jacobsen.

The big Swede was enjoying a purple patch and in the last minute tried his luck from inside his own half, although without success.

Guingamp's best opportunity came in the 31st minute when Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos was harshly adjudged to have brought down Claudio Beauvue, but Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, who was a virtual spectator throughout, saved Mustapha Yatabare's spot-kick.

PSG begin their quest for a third straight Ligue 1 title on Friday at Reims while Guingamp host Saint-Etienne next Saturday in their opening Ligue 1 fixture of the season.

Topics : Football Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris SG
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