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French Ligue 1

Parc des Princes 8th February 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: O Thual

PSG Paris St Germain vs Bastia Bastia

PSG 3

J Menez (56)
Z Ibrahimovic (pen 71)
E Lavezzi (88)

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Bastia 1

W Khazri (83)

PSG see off Bastia

Last Updated: 08/02/13 11:05pm

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Jeremy Menez scored the opening goal

Jeremy Menez scored the opening goal

Paris St Germain moved six points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table after defeating Bastia 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

The capital club did all the damage after a goalless first 45 minutes in which the decision to keep star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench, with next week's champions League trip to Valencia in mind, looked as though it could prove costly.

But after Jeremy Menez made the breakthrough on 51 minutes, the enigmatic Swede stepped off the bench to score his 21st league goal from the penalty spot.

Wahbi Khazri's free-kick pulled a goal back late on, to end goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu's unbeaten record at 947 minutes, before another substitute, Ezequiel Lavezzi, quickly ensured there would be no PSG slip-up.

The win leaves the Parisians' rivals knowing they can not catch them this weekend while Carlo Ancelotti's men can now focus on their the first leg of the Champion League last-16 tie at the Mestalla on Tuesday.

Ancelotti opted to keep his star names in reserve for that encounter, with Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi on the bench, while transfer deadline-day signing David Beckham was absent as he gets back to full fitness in London.

The Italian boss would have been sweating at half-time, however, as his side failed to break down 13th-placed Bastia despite dominating possession in the opening period.

Despite being level at the break, the visitors nearly made a disastrous start to the second period when Sylvain Marchal almost turned Javier Pastore's dangerous cross into his own net - Mickael Landreau was thankful to see the ball finish just wide of his left post.

Despite pulling off an outstanding save from a Kevin Gameiro back-heel soon after, Landreau gifted PSG the lead 10 minutes into the second half.

Menez's 20-yard effort should have been straightforward for the experienced keeper, but Landreau allowed the ball under his body and into the back of the net.

Ibrahimovic was introduced with 25 minutes left and it was not long before he was on the score sheet. Lucas Moura went down under a challenge which appeared to be outside the area, but the referee pointed at the spot and the Swede confidently tucked the ball away.

With the points seemingly sewn up, Khazri silenced the crowd with a superb free-kick which finally caught Sirigu out in the PSG goal.

However, Lavezzi's late tap-in after Landreau had parried the ball into his path wrapped up the points for the hosts.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 19 38
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 18 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 17 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 19 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15