Paris St-Germain opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the French League after a comfortable win over struggling Valenciennes.

Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi set Laurent Blanc's side ahead with a left-foot finish from inside the area.

Two goals in as many second-half minutes sealed the points - Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubling the lead with his 19th goal in 24 league games.

It was 3-0 when Valenciennes defender Gary Kagelmacher scored an own goal.

Did you know?

Sixteen of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 19 league goals this season have been scored at the Parc des Princes.

Blanc's team, who face Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the Champions round of 16 on 18 February, are closing in on back-to-back titles.

They are unbeaten in nine games and this was their ninth win in 10 home league outings.

France midfielder Yohan Cabaye made his first start for the club following a £19m move from Newcastle last month.

Valenciennes remain third bottom in the table after a third defeat in four games, two points from safety.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Paris St-Germain

  • 30 Sirigu
  • 23 Van der Wiel
  • 21 Digne
  • 08 Motta (Rabiot - 65' )
  • 05 Marquinhos
  • 02 Thiago Silva Booked
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 27 Pastore
  • 10 Ibrahimovic (Lucas Moura - 64' )
  • 07 Menez
  • 22 Lavezzi (Verratti - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Douchez
  • 13 Alex
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 17 Maxwell
  • 24 Verratti
  • 25 Rabiot
  • 29 Lucas Moura

Valenciennes

  • 01 Penneteau
  • 25 Mater
  • 03 Masuaku
  • 21 Ciss
  • 24 Kagelmacher
  • 12 Medjani
  • 02 Ducourtioux
  • 04 Enza Yamissi (Da Silva - 70' )
  • 27 Melikson (Pujol - 37' )
  • 29 Waris (Dossevi - 80' )
  • 06 Doumbia

Substitutes

  • 05 Angoua
  • 09 Bahebeck
  • 10 Dossevi
  • 16 Novaes
  • 17 Nery
  • 26 Da Silva
  • 28 Pujol
Ref: Sébastien Desiage
Att: 45,727

Match Stats

Shots

19 10

On target

7 2

Corners

3 6

Fouls

16 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Valenciennes 0.

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Valenciennes 0.

90:00 +0:54

Attempt blocked. Marco Da Silva (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:52

Foul by Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain).

89:52

Mathieu Dossevi (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:16

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

89:16

Marco Da Silva (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:29

Attempt blocked. David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grégory Pujol.

87:35

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Javier Pastore is caught offside.

87:27

Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:27

Foul by Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes).

86:28

Foul by Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain).

86:28

Marco Da Silva (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:42

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Gregory Van der Wiel.

85:14

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Adrien Rabiot.

84:41

Foul by Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain).

84:41

Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:17

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore tries a through ball, but Gregory Van der Wiel is caught offside.

82:09

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:09

Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

81:39

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:39

Foul by Mathieu Dossevi (Valenciennes).

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valenciennes. Mathieu Dossevi replaces Majeed Waris.

78:39

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Marquinhos.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Marco Verratti replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

72:51

Attempt blocked. Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Majeed Waris.

72:49

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

71:53

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore tries a through ball, but Jérémy Menez is caught offside.

71:17

Attempt missed. Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rudy Mater with a cross.

69:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valenciennes. Marco Da Silva replaces Eloge Enza Yamissi.

69:14

Foul by Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain).

69:14

Rudy Mater (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:40

Attempt blocked. Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

66:45

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Javier Pastore.

66:10 Booking

Booking Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:59

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain).

65:59

Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Adrien Rabiot replaces Thiago Motta.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Lucas Moura replaces Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

63:16

Hand ball by (Paris Saint Germain).

62:13

Attempt saved. Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Ducourtioux.

60:51

Attempt missed. Rudy Mater (Valenciennes) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eloge Enza Yamissi.

60:07

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:07

Foul by Carl Medjani (Valenciennes).

59:40

Attempt saved. David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Majeed Waris.

58:24

Attempt blocked. Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tongo Hamed Doumbia.

57:28

Attempt saved. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

56:09

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel with a cross.

53:59

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Gregory Van der Wiel.

52:57

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

52:57

Gary Kagelmacher (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:39 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Gary Kagelmacher, Valenciennes. Paris Saint Germain 3, Valenciennes 0.

51:01

Foul by Lucas Digne (Paris Saint Germain).

51:01

Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Paris Saint Germain 2, Valenciennes 0. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

49:55

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

48:42

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain).

48:42

Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:35

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:35

Foul by Grégory Pujol (Valenciennes).

45:00

Second Half begins Paris Saint Germain 1, Valenciennes 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Valenciennes 0.

42:13

Attempt missed. Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

42:09

Attempt blocked. Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

40:46

Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jérémy Menez with a cross.

39:10

Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:10

Foul by Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes).

38:34

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

38:34

Carl Medjani (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valenciennes. Grégory Pujol replaces Maor Melikson because of an injury.

36:31

Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:31

Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

34:50

Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:50

Foul by Arthur Masuaku (Valenciennes).

31:39

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Gary Kagelmacher.

31:29

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

30:28

Attempt missed. David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

29:51

Foul by Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain).

29:51

Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:20

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain).

28:20

Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:09

Foul by Lucas Digne (Paris Saint Germain).

28:09

Rudy Mater (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:38

Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

26:56

Attempt missed. David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rudy Mater.

25:59

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

25:59

Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:21

Attempt missed. Lucas Digne (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Pastore.

23:13

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Nicolas Penneteau.

23:02

Attempt saved. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

19:47

Attempt missed. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Gregory Van der Wiel with a cross.

17:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Paris Saint Germain 1, Valenciennes 0. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

17:54

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:51

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:51

Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

15:19

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain).

15:19

Maor Melikson (Valenciennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:58

Attempt missed. Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

7:54

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

7:52

Attempt saved. Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.

7:13

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Saliou Ciss.

7:11

Attempt blocked. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

3:06

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

2:13

Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:13

Foul by Tongo Hamed Doumbia (Valenciennes).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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