Ibrahimovic on fire as PSG demolish Sochaux

Sat Dec 7, 2013 1:44pm EST
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PARIS (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two late goals and set up two more as Paris St Germain returned to winning ways with a thumping 5-0 victory over visitors Sochaux to open up a four-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic grabbed the final two goals in the 87th minute and in stoppage time having already set up Thiago Silva for the early opener and Edinson Cavani for the third past the hour, with Ezequiel Lavezzi also finding the net in between.

The win put the champions, who surprisingly suffered their first defeat of the season at Evian Thonon Gaillard on Wednesday, on 40 points from 17 games ahead of second-placed Lille's trip to Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday (1300 GMT).

Sochaux remain bottom on eight points.

"We just needed to bounce back from that defeat, which showed that when we are not at 100 per cent anyone can beat us," goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu told Canal Plus.

PSG certainly looked at their best on Saturday.

Thiago Silva latched on to Ibrahimovic's cross to score from close range in the 15th minute as PSG dominated possession.

Lavezzi doubled the tally two minutes into the second half by poking the ball home from Thiago Motta's pass in the area, after a neat one-two between the Argentine and Ibrahimovic had initiated the move.

PSG took complete control in the 62nd minute when Uruguay striker Cavani controlled Ibrahimovic's superb cross before flicking the ball past Pierrick Cros for his 11th league goal of the season.   Continued...