Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores four as PSG win Ligue 1 title

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores four goals as Paris St Germain rout Troyes 9-0 to Ligue 1 for fourth successive time.

By: Reuters | Paris | Updated: March 13, 2016 11:18 pm
Paris st germain, psg, zaltan, zaltan Ibrahimovic, psg win ligue 1, ligue 1, french league, france football league, football news, football Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals including a hat-trick inside nine minutes to spur PSG to victory.

Four goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurred Paris St Germain to their fourth successive Ligue 1 title with a 9-0 rout of Troyes, becoming the first team to win the championship after 30 matches.

Ibrahimovic’s sensational nine-minute hat-trick at the start of the second half followed goals from Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot. Matthieu Saunier’s own goal and further strikes by Cavani and Ibrahimovic completed the biggest away victory in Ligue 1 history.

“To score nine goals is magnificent,” club president Nasser al-Khelaifi told Canal Plus.

“But this is only the first step of the season, it’s not over.”

PSG moved up to 77 points, 25 clear of second-place Monaco, winning the league with eight games still to play.

The championship is the sixth in the club’s history and the fastest-ever Ligue 1 victory, breaking the record set by Gerard Houllier’s Olympique Lyonnais in 2007, who won the title after 33 matches.

“We did what we needed to do, particularly in the second period,” coach Laurent Blanc told beIN Sports. “From day one we’ve wanted to set a rhythm that would be difficult to match.

“We did it and we’ve maintained it. We know that no one can match us.”

PSG knew that victory over Troyes would secure a historic league triumph following Monaco’s 2-2 draw at home to Reims on Friday, leaving them 22 points behind the leaders having played a game more.

100TH GOAL

The home side started brightly, but Cavani pounced on a wayward pass from Saunier to open the scoring in the 13th minute, his 13th league goal of the season.

Pastore added a second in the 17th minute after receiving a delicious back-heel from Ibrahimovic, evading the attentions of two defenders and finishing calmly over Matthieu Dreyer.

It was 3-0 inside 20 minutes when Cavani’s effort was saved by Dreyer and Rabiot slammed home the rebound to take the contest firmly beyond shambolic Troyes.

Ligue 1 top scorer Ibrahimovic made it 4-0 in the 46th minute after fine interplay with Cavani, then added his 25th of the season and 100th goal in Ligue 1 moments later by burying Angel Di Maria’s excellent cross.

Ibrahimovic completed his sublime hat-trick three minutes later after fine work from Layvin Kurzawa, with Saunier’s own goal in the 58th minute securing PSG’s 24th league win of the season.

Troyes substitute Lossemy Karaboue was sent off for denying Cavani a goalscoring opportunity only 10 minutes after coming on and the Uruguayan added the eighth goal from the rebound after Dreyer saved his penalty.

Ibrahimovic took his league tally to 27 at the death following a devastating counter attack as PSG completed a magnificent afternoon.

“We’ve been winning everything for almost four years,” Ibrahimovic told Canal Plus. “I don’t know how long it will go on for but I’m making the most of it.”

Having won a domestic quadruple last season, the Qatari-owned side remain on course to better that haul.

They have already won the Trophy of Champions and are still in the running for the French Cup, the League Cup and the Champions League, having eliminated Chelsea in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

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