French Ligue 1
PSGParis Saint Germain2Saint-ÉtienneSaint-Étienne0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first-half brace kept defending champions Paris St-Germain eight points clear of Monaco at the top of the French league.

PSG dominated the first half against fourth-placed St Etienne and deservedly led when Ibrahimovic calmly rolled in from close range.

The Sweden captain doubled the lead by delicately prodding in Edinson Cavani's cross with the outside of his boot.

St Etienne rallied after the break but could not beat PSG's Salvatore Sirigu.

The goalkeeper acrobatically stopped St Etienne substitute Melvut Erding halving the deficit midway through the second half, while Benjamin Corgnet thumped another chance into the side-netting for the visitors.

But PSG reasserted themselves and finished strongly as they stretched their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to 13 matches.

Ibrahimovic's double takes to his Ligue 1 tally to 25 goals in 28 games this season, while he has now scored 41 times in all competitions.

Earlier, nearest rivals Monaco had briefly cut the gap to five points with a 3-2 win at Lyon.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov scored one goal and set up the other two for Claudio Ranieri's side.

Line-ups

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 26Jallet
  • 17Cabelino Andrade
  • 8Motta
  • 13da Dias Costa
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 4CabayeBooked at 58minsSubstituted forVerrattiat 64'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 9Cavani
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 7Menez
  • 21Digne
  • 24Verratti
  • 27Pastore
  • 29Lucas Moura

Saint-Étienne

  • 16Ruffier
  • 4Zouma
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 6ClémentSubstituted forLemoineat 69'minutes
  • 26Sall
  • 24PerrinBooked at 85mins
  • 11MolloBooked at 90mins
  • 15Guilavogui
  • 9Lemos da SilvaBooked at 23mins
  • 8CorgnetSubstituted forHamoumaat 80'minutes
  • 27TabanouSubstituted forErdingat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cohade
  • 18Lemoine
  • 19Erding
  • 20Brison
  • 21Hamouma
  • 29Clerc
  • 30Moulin
Referee:
Lionel Jaffredo
Attendance:
45,614

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamSaint-Étienne
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, St Etienne 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, St Etienne 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Maxwell (Paris Saint Germain) because of an injury.

  5. Booking

    Yohan Mollo (St Etienne) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Mollo (St Etienne).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josuha Guilavogui (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yohan Mollo with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Salvatore Sirigu.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josuha Guilavogui.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mevlut Erding (St Etienne) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Benoît Trémoulinas with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Offside, St Etienne. Yohan Mollo tries a through ball, but Benoît Trémoulinas is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maxwell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Booking

    Loic Perrin (St Etienne) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Loic Perrin (St Etienne).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

  19. Post update

    Loic Perrin (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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

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