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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

PSG 5

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

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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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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 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 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15