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Parc des Princes (ATT 45,956) 19th January 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

PSG Paris St Germain vs Nantes Nantes


Thiago Silva (9)
Z Ibrahimovic (pen 36, 64)
T Motta (51)
E Cavani (58)


Nantes 0

PSG surge clear again

Last Updated: 19/01/14 10:07pm

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is put under pressure

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is put under pressure

Paris St Germain maintained their five-point lead over Monaco at the Ligue 1 summit with a 5-0 demolition of Nantes.

Thiago Silva put the hosts in front inside 10 minutes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty made it 2-0 at the break. Thiago Motta increased the hosts' advantage six minutes into the second half, before Edinson Cavani got in on the act and Ibrahimovic completed his double.

PSG wasted no time stamping their authority on the game and the talismanic Thiago Silva gave them an early lead in their first real attack of the game.

Ezequiel Lavezzi swung a near-post corner in from the left and, despite Remy Riou parrying Cavani's flick, the Brazilian captain was on hand to emphatically crash home from close range.

The hosts continued to dominate as Nantes struggled to make inroads higher up the pitch and the visitors were forced into a change just before the half-hour mark when influential midfielder Jordan Veretout had to be carried off following an innocuous clash with Thiago Silva.

And Les Canaris' evening got worse just minutes later when Laurent Blanc's side were awarded a dubious penalty after Marco Verratti went down under a Chaker Alhadhur challenge and referee Amaury Delerue showed no hesitancy in pointing at the spot.

Ibrahimovic took charge from 12 yards and, as has been the case five times already this season, took full advantage of the opportunity to send Riou the wrong way.

The Parisians could easily have had three inside 45 minutes but Lavezzi volleyed into the side from eight yards after Cavani had chipped him in and the two-goal advantage remained.

The one-way traffic showed no signs of letting up as the second half got under way and Ibrahimovic almost doubled his tally when he met Gregory van der Wiel's delivery but the Swede's header was straight at Riou.

However, PSG did grab a third on 51 minutes when Blaise Matuidi headed Lucas' deep cross back across the six-yard box and Motta was on hand to blast home from close range.

Goals continued to flow for the hosts and Cavani got in on the action when Ibrahimovic dispossessed Papy Djilobodji before rolling the ball into the Uruguayan's path for the simplest of finishes.

Blanc introduced Javier Pastore on 64 minutes and the Argentinian was heavily involved moments later when he and Matuidi combined before Ibrahimovic latched onto a loose ball inside the area to crash the ball beyond Riou.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26