Zlatan on fire in PSG win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played chief tormentor when he scored two goals and set up the others in Paris St Germain's 4-1 home victory over Stade de Reims in Ligue 1 on Saturday


There was no Champions League hangover for Paris Saint-Germain as they continued their relentless march towards another Ligue 1 title by outclassing Reims 4-1 on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice. The Swede got the opener in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League last 16, first-leg win against Chelsea and he scored once in each half here to take his tally for the season to 23 league goals and 30 in all competitions.

Ibrahimovic is playing some of the best football of his career at the moment and the 34-year-old also set up the opener for Gregory van der Wiel and assisted Edinson Cavani's goal as Paris maintained their unbeaten domestic record this season.

Prior to the game the Parisian club bade farewell to Ezequiel Lavezzi who us moving to Hebei China Fortune  for an incredible 6 million euro fee. The Argentine will earn 13 million euros per season in China.

Prince Oniangue had equalised for Reims in the first half but PSG were too strong and remain a huge 24 points clear at the top of the table from second-placed Monaco, who beat bottom club Troyes 3-1.

Laurent Blanc's side extended their Ligue 1 record unbeaten run to 36 matches and the only black mark on their day was the first-half substitution of Angel Di Maria, although that was merely a precautionary measure.

With Serge Aurier still absent after being suspended by the club for insulting Blanc and several team-mates in a video posted on social media, Van der Wiel started at right-back for PSG and it was the Dutchman who opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Van der Wiel started the move and found Ibrahimovic before running onto the Swede's superb return ball to fire past Johann Carrasso, who was making his debut in goal for the visitors.

However, Reims drew level in the 34th minute when Kevin Trapp got nowhere near a Nicolas de Preville free-kick delivery and Congolese midfielder Oniangue gleefully headed in.

Di Maria was then replaced by Lucas, apparently with a minor hamstring complaint, before Paris went back in front two minutes before the interval.

Ibrahimovic initially tried to exchange passes with Lucas only for Franck Signorino to block, but the ball came back to the former Barcelona striker and he tucked home.

There was still time for the hosts to make it 3-1 in stoppage time at the end of the first period, with Layvin Kurzawa and Ibrahimovic combining to set up Cavani.

The Uruguayan had been brought into the starting line-up after coming off the bench to get the winner against Chelsea and his first-time finish past Carrasso was his 16th goal altogether this season.

Blanc replaced the tired Marco Verratti with Blaise Matuidi at the start of a second half which was a quieter affair, although PSG got their fourth goal on 68 minutes.

Matuidi worked the ball out to Van der Wiel on the right and his cross was converted by Ibrahimovic at the back post, although he was clearly in an offside position when the ball came in.

Argentine striker Guido Carrillo, an expensive signing last summer from Estudiantes, had scored just two league goals for Monaco before the meeting with Troyes at the Stade Louis II.

But he doubled his tally in the first half in the principality with a brace of headers and highly-rated 17-year-old substitute Kylian Mbappe made sure of the points after Babacar Gueye pulled one back for Troyes.

Monaco have lost just one of their last 14 league games and are eight points clear of third-placed Nice, who drew 0-0 at Bordeaux on Friday.

Nice could be leapfrogged by Saint-Etienne if they win at Marseille on Sunday and by Lyon, who go to Lille.

Elsewhere, Martin Braithwaite's stoppage-time equaliser earned Toulouse a 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Gazelec Ajaccio, while Montpellier won 3-2 at Angers and a 93rd-minute Raphael Guerreiro free-kick saw Lorient beat Guingamp 4-3.

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