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Stade Nungesser 11th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: W Bien

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Paris St Germain PSG

Valenc'nes 0

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PSG 4

Z Ibrahimovic (28, 49, 53)
E Lavezzi (82)

Zlatan hat-trick fires PSG

Last Updated: 11/12/12 9:51pm

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Netted PSG hat-trick

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Netted PSG hat-trick

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain narrowed the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Lyon to two points with an emphatic 4-0 away win at Valenciennes.

The Swede opened the scoring in the 28th minute and added two more goals early in the second half before Ezequiel Lavezzi rounded off the rout in the 82nd minute against their fifth-placed opponents.

The hosts' form this season had promised a sterner test and they certainly started brightly with Foued Kadir testing PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with a shot from the edge of the box in the ninth minute.

Sirigu pulled off another fine save to deny Nicolas Isimat-Mirin four minutes later, but the visitors grabbed the lead against the run of play when Lavezzi's initial effort was parried into the path of Ibrahimovic by home keeper Nicolas Penneteau and the Swede made no mistake from close range.

Paris suffered the loss of Brazilian Alex in the first half due to injury but they were not affected as they extended their lead within two minutes of the restart.

Once again Penneteau stopped the initial effort, a crashing volley from Javier Pastore, but Ibrahimovic pounced on the rebound to knock home his 16th Ligue 1 goal of the season.

And it took Ibrahimovic just five more minutes to complete his hat-trick after Jeremy Menez cut in down the left and slid the ball into the path of the Swede who converted his third of the night.

Menez missed a superb chance to score the fourth and Blaise Matuidi hit the base of the left-hand post following a clever Ibrahimovic short-corner.

But PSG finally completed their easy win eight minutes from time when Marco Verratti picked out Lavezzi and he beat Benjamin Angoua before striking a right-foot shot past the helpless Penneteau.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20