Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Bastia 0.
Maxwell scored a stunning goal as unbeaten leaders Paris St-Germain moved 22 points clear in Ligue 1 with victory over Bastia at Parc des Princes.
Thiago Motta turned in from Angel di Maria's corner to open the scoring in the first Ligue 1 fixture following the end of the mid-season break.
Maxwell then added a fine second, volleying in from an acute angle after good work by Di Maria in the build-up.
The result secured a 17th win in 20 league games for Laurent Blanc's men.
Having laboured to a 1-0 victory against fourth-tier Wasquehal in the French Cup last weekend, PSG were much improved on their return to league duty.
The hosts deservedly led after 29 minutes when Di Maria's inswinging corner was met by Thiago Silva and Motta applied the finish at the far post.
Argentina international Di Maria's lofted pass into the box set up Maxwell for the second, the Brazilian adjusting well after a Bastia defender got a touch on the ball to lash home powerfully beyond Jean-Louis Leca.
David Luiz almost added a third early in the second half but saw his header come back off the crossbar.
Second-placed Monaco entertain Ajaccio on Saturday.
- 2Thiago SilvaSubstituted forMarquinhosat 78'minutes
- 32David Luiz
- 17Cabelino Andrade
- 6VerrattiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forPastoreat 63'minutes
- 14MatuidiSubstituted forLavezziat 81'minutes
- 11Di María
- 7Lucas Moura
- 29CioniSubstituted forDjikuat 79'minutes
- 5SquillaciBooked at 54mins
- 28MarangeBooked at 71mins
- 19NgandoSubstituted forMostefaat 79'minutes
- 6FofanaBooked at 74mins
- 8DanicSubstituted forKamanoat 63'minutes
- 11Lemos da Silva
- Sébastien Moreira
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Bastia 0.
Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Sébastien Squillaci.
Attempt missed. Francois Kamano (Bastia) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Sébastien Squillaci following a fast break.
Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Alexander Djiku.
Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Javier Pastore tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.
Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mehdi Mostefa (Bastia).
Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Ezequiel Lavezzi replaces Blaise Matuidi.
Substitution, Bastia. Mehdi Mostefa replaces Axel Ngando.
Substitution, Bastia. Alexander Djiku replaces Gilles Cioni.
Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Marquinhos replaces Thiago Silva because of an injury.
Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Axel Ngando (Bastia).
Maxwell (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Francois Kamano (Bastia).
Attempt missed. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María following a corner.
Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Florian Marange.