French Ligue 1
Paris St G3Valenciennes0

Paris Saint Germain 3-0 Valenciennes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring for Paris St-Germain against Valenciennes

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.

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.

Line-ups

Paris St G

  • 30Sirigu
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 21Digne
  • 8MottaSubstituted forRabiotat 65'minutes
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 2Thiago SilvaBooked at 67mins
  • 4Cabaye
  • 27Pastore
  • 10IbrahimovicSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 64'minutes
  • 7Menez
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forVerrattiat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 13Alex
  • 14Matuidi
  • 17Maxwell
  • 24Verratti
  • 25Rabiot
  • 29Lucas Moura

Valenciennes

  • 1Penneteau
  • 25Mater
  • 3Masuaku
  • 21Ciss
  • 24Kagelmacher
  • 12Medjani
  • 2Ducourtioux
  • 4Enza YamissiSubstituted forDa Silvaat 70'minutes
  • 27MeliksonSubstituted forPujolat 37'minutes
  • 29WarisSubstituted forDosseviat 80'minutes
  • 6Doumbia

Substitutes

  • 5Angoua
  • 9Bahebeck
  • 10Dossevi
  • 16Novaes
  • 17Nery
  • 26Da Silva
  • 28Pujol
Referee:
Sébastien Desiage
Attendance:
45,727

Match Stats

Home TeamParis St GAway TeamValenciennes
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Valenciennes 0.

Full Time

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

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

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

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

Foul by Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes).

Foul by Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain).

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

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Gregory Van der Wiel.

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Adrien Rabiot.

Foul by Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain).

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

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

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

Foul by David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes).

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

Foul by Mathieu Dossevi (Valenciennes).

Substitution

Substitution, Valenciennes. Mathieu Dossevi replaces Majeed Waris.

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Marquinhos.

Substitution

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

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

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

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

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.

Substitution

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

Foul by Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint Germain).

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

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

Corner, Valenciennes. Conceded by Javier Pastore.

Booking

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

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain).

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Hand ball by (Paris Saint Germain).

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