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Parc des Princes 8th December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: O Thual

PSG Paris St Germain vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

PSG 4

Z Ibrahimovic (28)
E Lavezzi (31)
T Motta (84)
K Gameiro (86)

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Evian 0

Paris St Germain dismantle Evian

Last Updated: 08/12/12 7:42pm

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Kevin Gameiro wrapped up PSG's victory

Kevin Gameiro wrapped up PSG's victory

Paris St Germain sounded a warning shot to their Ligue 1 title rivals with a comprehensive 4-0 dismantling of lowly Evian on Saturday afternoon.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one and made one for Ezequiel Lavezzi as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead after half an hour, while Thiago Motta and Kevin Gameiro added gloss to the scoreline late on as Carlo Ancelotti's men closed to within two points of leaders Lyon.

The capital club advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League earlier this week but they had won just one of their past five league fixtures before on Saturday and badly needed a positive result to reignite their stuttering title bid.

Ibrahimovic served an early warning of his goalscoring threat - were any needed - when he flashed an acrobatic effort wide of the right post in the 19th minute.

The Sweden international did not have to wait much longer to make the breakthrough, 28 minutes showing on the clock when he expertly drilled home his 14th league goal of the season after latching onto Christophe Jallet pass.

Three minutes later the hosts doubled their lead as Jeremy Menez picked out Ibrahimovic who chested down for Lavezzi to take a touch before unleashing a powerful finish.

The one-way traffic continued after the break with Ibrahimovic seeing a fierce 63rd-minute effort slam against the woodwork.

PSG's frustration at failing to turn their dominance into more goals almost cost them when an error in defence gifted Saber Khelifa a shooting chance but the Tunisian's effort lacked conviction.

Olivier Sorlin flashed an effort wide in the 80th minute as Evian briefly threatened again, but the game was finally settled four minutes later when Javier Pastore crossed for Motta to drill home right-footed from the penalty spot.

And with three minutes remaining the scoring was complete as Ibrahimovic played a one-two with Menez before providing a pinpoint cross that Gameiro steered into the net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29