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Francis le Ble (ATT 14,601) 21st December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Moreira

Brest Brest vs Paris St Germain PSG

Brest 0

A Sissoko (S/O 34)

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PSG 3

Z Ibrahimovic (55)
K Gameiro (73)
B Mendy (og 90+2)

PSG get better of Brest

Last Updated: 21/12/12 10:28pm

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Kevin Gameiro: On target for PSG

Kevin Gameiro: On target for PSG

Paris St Germain are all but certain to finish 2012 at the top of Ligue 1 after three second-half goals sealed a comfortable win at 10-man Brest.

The capital club went three points clear at the top of the standings, for 24 hours at least, courtesy of strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin Gameiro as well as an own goal from former PSG defender Bernard Mendy.

That came after Abdoulwhaid Sissoko was shown a straight red card for an ugly challenge on Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 33rd minute.

It was Carlo Ancelotti's side's fifth triumph in a row in all competitions in a game they largely dominated.

The capital club came racing out of the traps, with Ibrahimovic firing narrowly wide from just outside the area.

Brest goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux then had to prevent the Sweden striker's backheel from Christophe Jallet's cross from finding the net.

And the 27-year-old shot-stopper had to be alert once more to keep out Thiago Silva's close-range header as well as Ibrahimovic's rebound.

At the other end, Mendy's volley forced a fine save from PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, but their cause was not helped when they were reduced to 10 men after Sissoko saw red for a rash lunge at Lavezzi.

Javier Pastore saw his long-range effort kept out by Thebaux, who was at full stretch to deny Jallet's edge-of-the-area effort after the interval.

His goal was finally breached in the 54th minute, however, as Jallet's cross from the right was poked home by Ibrahimovic at the near post.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan striker could, and perhaps should, have doubled his side's lead after bursting through on goal, but his right-footed lob was kept out by Thebaux.

Ibrahimovic continued to cause havoc in the Brest defence and his audacious flick from the edge of the penalty area from Jeremy Menez's delivery missed the top corner by a whisker.

It seemed only a matter of time before PSG doubled their advantage and it came when Gameiro tapped in a rebound in the 72nd minute after Thebaux could only push Motta's cross to the France international.

To their credit, the hosts refused to lie down and Ahmed Kantari's header had to be cleared off the line by PSG defender Thiago Silva.

But Brest's misery was compounded in the first minute of added-on time when Mendy, who spent eight years at the Parc des Princes from 2000, could only direct his defensive header from Jallet's cross into his own net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23