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French Ligue 1

Parc des Princes (ATT 45,599) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

PSG Paris St Germain vs Nice Nice

PSG 3

Z Ibrahimovic (39, pen 57, 76)

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Nice 1

N Pejcinovic (70)

Ibra nets hat-trick in PSG win

Last Updated: 09/11/13 7:42pm

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with Lucas Moura

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with Lucas Moura

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain ensured they will end the weekend at the top of Ligue 1 following a 3-1 win over Nice.

The Sweden international opened the scoring six minutes before the break and doubled the lead with a penalty early in the second half.

Nemanja Pejcinovic reduced the deficit with 20 minutes to go but Ibrahimovic got his third shortly afterwards to seal the win.

The champions could have been ahead after just six minutes as Maxwell made a strong run down the left and provided a cross which was dipping under the bar, forcing Luca Veronese into a smart save.

Ibrahimovic nearly had a spectacular goal on the half hour when he met Javier Pastore's cross with a backheel but Veronese was alert and made a smart reflex save.

The former Juventus striker had his goal just nine minutes later, though, as he met Gregory Van der Wiel's cross at the back post and fired home.

The lead was doubled 12 minutes after the restart with Veronese bringing down Edinson Cavani in the penalty area.

Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent the keeper the wrong way with a firm finish.

But Nice were not going to roll over and when Alex failed to properly clear Valentin Eysseric's corner, Gregoire Puel found Pejcinovic who slotted the ball into an unguarded net.

Any hopes of a comeback were soon thwarted when Ibrahimovic recorded his hat-trick in spectacular style.

Lucas beat Timothee Kolodziejczak down the right flank and crossed for Ibrahimovic to head home from the edge of the penalty area past the despairing dive of Veronese.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23