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Ibrahimović hat-trick takes PSG toward summit

Published: Tuesday 11 December 2012, 20.55CET
Zlatan Ibrahimović's first hat-trick for the club helped Paris Saint-Germain FC to a 4-0 win at Valenciennes FC which puts them two points off Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais.
Ibrahimović hat-trick takes PSG toward summit
Zlatan Ibrahimović now has 17 Ligue 1 goals in 14 appearances this season ©AFP
Published: Tuesday 11 December 2012, 20.55CET

Ibrahimović hat-trick takes PSG toward summit

Zlatan Ibrahimović's first hat-trick for the club helped Paris Saint-Germain FC to a 4-0 win at Valenciennes FC which puts them two points off Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais.

Paris Saint-Germain FC are two points off the Ligue 1 summit following a Zlatan Ibrahimović-inspired 4-0 win at Valenciennes FC.

Though leaders Olympique Lyonnais have a game in hand – at home to bottom club AS Nancy-Lorraine on Wednesday – PSG now look well placed ahead of the visit of Rémi Garde's side to the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Victory at Valenciennes rarely appeared in doubt from the moment Ibrahimović turned in Ezequiel Lavezzi's shot just before the half-hour. The capital team's talismanic striker made it two early in the second half, reacting quickest to convert the rebound after home keeper Nicolas Penneteau had parried Javier Pastore's shot.

The Swedish international's hat-trick – and his 17th league strike this term – was recorded five minutes later when Jérémy Ménez drew Penneteau out of his goal and squared for Ibrahimović to stroke into the unguarded net. Lavezzi completed the rout eight minutes from time with a cool finish having found himself with only Penneteau to beat.

Valenciennes would have drawn level with PSG with a win but instead stay fifth, level on points with Stade Rennais FC following their 1-0 defeat at OGC Nice. LOSC Lille defeated Toulouse FC 2-0 in the late kick-off.

Last updated: 12/12/12 16.58CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/03/2013 11:55 CET

11/12/2012

LOSCLOSC2-0ToulouseToulouse

Baša 55, Payet 83

Venue: Lille

11/12/2012

ValenciennesValenciennes0-4PSGPSG

Ibrahimović 28, 49, 53, Lavezzi 82

Venue: Valenciennes

11/12/2012

NiceNice1-0RennesRennes

Cvitanich 66 (P)

Venue: Nice

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