Ibrahimovic leads PSG thrashing of Caen

Paris Saint-Germain's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 match against Caen at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 16, 2016

Paris (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint Germain ripped Ligue 1 rivals Caen to pieces in a 6-0 thrashing at the Parc des Princes on Saturday sending the champions 30 points clear at the top.

The result follows PSG’s disappointing 3-2 aggregate Champions League quarter-finals defeat to Manchester City, and backs up some theories to why they failed to make the semis again.

On the day Paris won this season’s Ligue 1 title it was with a 9-0 victory over bottom club Troyes, and there have been other five goal romps even as PSG rotate their squad amid theories their continental failure stems from a lack of competition to the Qatari bankrolled supers quad.

Ibrahimovic scored twice, both emphatic finishes, taking his tally to 32 league goals to equal his record, while Argentine playmaker Angel di Maria, so ineffective against City, netted with a sumptuous lob.

Other goals came from the returning Blaise Matuidi, banned for the City game, a typically marauding Edinson Cavani run and shot made it 5-0 and defender Maxwell tuned home a Cavani cross for 6-0.

Coach Laurent Blanc had made a string of changes, but Caen, who went into the game ninth in Ligue 1, were simply blown off the park.

If the stands featured uncomfortable gaps and some early whistling may have embarrased the home side, they must now turn their attentions to the French Cup semi-final with Lorient on Tuesday and the League Cup final against resurgent Lille next Saturday at the Stade de France. 

On Friday Alexandre Lacazette grabbed a late equaliser as 10-man Lyon salvaged a 1-1 draw in the chase for second place in Ligue 1 in a match stopped to clear up a snowstorm of ripped up newspapers.

Nice took an 18th minute lead after Valere Germain beat a Lyon off-side trap while Lacazette prodded home in the 82nd minute after Mathieu Valbuana had hit the bar as the sides struggle to claim Ligue 1’s second automatic Champions League berth.

The result means Lyon remain second on 56 points after 34 games while Monaco are third on 55 ahead of their trip to Marseille Sunday and Nice are fourth on 54.


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