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Ibrahimović at the double as Paris down St-Étienne

Published: Sunday 16 March 2014, 23.00CET
Paris Saint-Germain maintained their position eight points clear in Ligue 1 by defeating AS Saint-Étienne 2-0, after AS Monaco FC had posted a 3-2 success at Olympique Lyonnais.

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Published: Sunday 16 March 2014, 23.00CET

Ibrahimović at the double as Paris down St-Étienne

Paris Saint-Germain maintained their position eight points clear in Ligue 1 by defeating AS Saint-Étienne 2-0, after AS Monaco FC had posted a 3-2 success at Olympique Lyonnais.

Paris Saint-Germain consolidated their eight-point lead at the Ligue 1 summit by beating European hopefuls AS Saint-Étienne 2-0 at the Parc des Princes.

Christophe Galtier's men were one of only two teams to leave the Parc with three points last season, but Les Verts were up against it when Zlatan Ibrahimović broke the deadlock courtesy of a deflected low drive on 14 minutes.

The irrepressible Swedish frontman then put the game beyond St-Étienne on the cusp of half-time, meeting Edinson Cavani's centre with a deft close-range flick. It was Ibrahimović's 40th goal of the season for Paris in all competitions and it consigned the visitors to back-to-back defeats for the first time since September.

Earlier, Dimitar Berbatov had scored one and laid on another two goals as second-placed AS Monaco FC prevailed 3-2 at Olympique Lyonnais. The Bulgarian forward's lay-off allowed deputising captain Valère Germain to beat Anthony Lopes inside five minutes, and he then served up a deep cross for James Rodríguez to score his seventh of the campaign.

Berbatov's impeccable outside-of-the-foot finish was sandwiched between two Jimmy Briand strikes as a resilient Lyon clawed their way back into the contest, but Claudio Ranieri's charges came away with the spoils.

Lastly, Brazilian centre-backs Henrique and Hilton traded blows as Montpellier Hérault SC drew 1-1 with FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Last updated: 16/03/14 23.39CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/03/2014 22:55 CET

16/03/2014

ParisParis2-0St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne

Ibrahimović 14, 41

Venue: Paris

16/03/2014

LyonLyon2-3MonacoMonaco

Briand 32, 78

Germain 4, James Rodríguez 27, Berbatov 52

Venue: Lyon

16/03/2014

MontpellierMontpellier1-1BordeauxBordeaux

Hilton 34

Henrique 24

Venue: Montpellier

15/03/2014

NiceNice2-0BastiaBastia

Bosetti 5, Maupay 72

Venue: Nice

15/03/2014

AjaccioAjaccio1-2GuingampGuingamp

Lasne 8

Yatabaré 13, Beauvue 74

Venue: Ajaccio

15/03/2014

ÉvianÉvian0-1ValenciennesValenciennes

Waris 63

Venue: Annecy

15/03/2014

RennesRennes2-3ToulouseToulouse

Nélson Oliveira 68, Doucouré 87

Toivonen 14 (og), Chantôme 45, Aurier 73

Venue: Rennes

15/03/2014

SochauxSochaux2-0LorientLorient

Contout 7, Sunzu 79

Venue: Montbeliard

15/03/2014

LOSCLOSC0-0NantesNantes

Venue: Lille

14/03/2014

ReimsReims1-1MarseilleMarseille

Devaux 67

Gignac 80

Venue: Reims

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