The Asian Age
Ibra hat- trick sinks Etienne
Paris, Sept. 1: Champions Paris Saint- Germain thumped Saint- Etienne 50 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1- 1 draw against Bastia.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his injury return, scored a hat- trick and strike partner Edinson Cavani also netted as the big- spending Parisians ran riot in the capital to move up to second.
“It’s normal when you add a very good player that you play better,” said PSG coach Laurent Blanc.
“We are therefore better with him, his presence is important,” he added.
But they were given a huge helping hand by
It’s normal when you add a very good player that you play better. We are therefore better with him, his presence is important.
Saint- Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier who failed to control a back pass on 24 minutes, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to the steer it on to his right foot but instead pushed it over the line.
Ibrahimovic, making his return from injury, notched his first four minutes before the break with a firm header from Maxwell’s left- wing cross.
He doubled his tally as he ran on to a wayward back pass on 62 minutes before rounding Ruffier
— LAURENT BLANC Paris Saint- Germain coach on Zaltan Ibrahimovic’s
comeback after his injury lay- off
and slotting empty net.
A minute later Cavani lashed in an unstoppable drive from distance that left Ruffier rooted to his line.
Ibrahimovic completed his hat- trick on 72 minutes after beating a static offside trap and slotting the ball past Ruffier at his near post.
St Etienne coach Christophe Galthier paid tribute to the Sweden star.
“Our opponents were superior in every depart-
into the ment, showed great determination and had their leader back,” he said.
“I had said I’d like to see Ibra but but I didn’t want to see him score.,” he added.
Earlier, Bordeaux, trailing 1- 0 to a first- half strike from Ivorian forward Junior Tallo, were let off the hook when Floyd Ayite’s net- bound strike with quarter of an hour remaining was deflected onto the bar by the hand of home defender Nicolas Pallois.
No penalty was given and instead Bordeaux drew level in the 79th minute thanks to Diego Rolan’s third goal of the season.
The result left Bordeaux two points clear of PSG and Lille.