PSG hold winning form
Last Updated: November 23, 2013 7:36pm
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring the third
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the gloss on a well-earned win for Paris St Germain in stoppage time to claim a 3-0 win over Reims and maintain their grip at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Lucas Moura put PSG ahead in the 24th minute with Jeremy Menez doubling their advantage on the hour mark.
Sweden international Ibrahimovic then wrapped up victory when he followed up his own deflected free-kick to score the third in added-on time.
The last time the two sides met, Reims stunned PSG with a 1-0 as the capital city side were racing to claim the domestic title.
However, there was no surprise in store on Saturday as Laurent Blanc's side confined Reims, with goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu making some top-class saves and Grzegorz Krychowiak left to rue a missed penalty.
The PSG keeper was called into action early on to deny Aissa Mandi's unmarked header in the sixth minute at full stretch in a wake-up call for defending champions.
Moura then scored the opener in the next attack on goal when Sirigu kicked a ball upfield towards the PSG striker, who in turn headed on to Ibrahimovic. The Swede controlled the ball and playing in Moura, who fired powerfully past Kossi Agassa.
Marco Verratti tested Agassa five minutes later with a drilled shot before Sirigu slapped away Mickael Tacalfred's shot shortly before the break.
Midfielder Adrien Rabiot then combined with Menez before the half-time whistle to set up Moura, with Agassa making a good save to keep his side a single goal in arrears.
Menez did find his way onto the scoresheet in the 60th minute when Franck Signorino lost the ball on the left to Christophe Jallet who raced with it toward the penalty area.
He flicked the ball on to Verratti, who played in Menez on the left, who in turn fired into the top corner.
Sirigu then blocked a Mads Albaek volley from Floyd Ayite's 30-yard free-kick before Reims were their own worst enemies as they missed a penalty.
Verratti fouled Ayite in the area to give the home side a chance from the spot, but Krychowiak blasted the ball over the bar with Sirigu beaten.
Sirigu then denied Mohamed Fofana's header in the 75th minute to make sure of a clean sheet in what was Reims' last real attempt on goal, before Ibrahimovic followed up his 25-yard free-kick to fire an instinctive shot past Agassa to seal the win.
French Ligue 1
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