The Asian Age

Ibra hat- trick sinks Eti­enne

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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.

 ?? — AFP ?? Paris Saint- Ger­main’s Edin­son Ca­vani cel­e­brates after scor­ing against Saint- Eti­enne dur­ing their French Ligue 1 match at the Parc des Princes Sta­dium in Paris on Sun­day. PSG won 5- 0.
— AFP Paris Saint- Ger­main’s Edin­son Ca­vani cel­e­brates after scor­ing against Saint- Eti­enne dur­ing their French Ligue 1 match at the Parc des Princes Sta­dium in Paris on Sun­day. PSG won 5- 0.

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