Ibrahimovic treble boosts PSG

  • Last Updated: February 23 2014, 22:19 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic completes his hat-trick for PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimovic completes his hat-trick for PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his second Ligue 1 hat-trick of the season as Paris Saint Germain restored their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 win away to Toulouse.

The pressure was on for the visitors after Monaco won on Friday night cut PSG's lead to two points but, largely thanks to their talismanic striker, Laurent Blanc's team refused to fold.

His treble and a solitary strike from Ezequiel Lavezzi was enough to claim all three points, although Toulouse played their part with Wissam Ben Yedder finding the net either side of half-time to make it a less than straightforward afternoon for the Parisians.

Lille fell further adrift of the Ligue 1's top two after they were held to a goalless draw by Lyon at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The hosts dominated what was a fiesty affair and thought they'd stolen the points in stoppage time when Ronny Rodelin poked the ball past Anthony Lopes, but the linesman's flag went up to save Lyon.

Paul-Georges Ntep scored his first Ligue 1 goal as Rennes claimed their first win on the road since October with a 3-0 win at Nantes.

Ntep, a January signing from Auxerre, needed just 16 minutes to fire the visitors into an early lead while team mate Anders Konradsen also grabbed his first goal for the Brittany club before Ola Toivonen added a third in stoppage time.

On Saturday evening, Bordeaux enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways as Henri Saivet's late header handed Les Girondins a 2-1 victory over struggling Evian at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Kevin Berigaud looked to have earned the visitors a point in the 73rd minute when he cancelled out Julien Faubert's 52nd-minute opener, but Saivet popped up eight minutes from time to nick all three points for the hosts.

Sochaux scored an 88th-minute equaliser as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at relegation rivals Valenciennes on Saturday.

Florian Marange's late header came just two minutes after Majeed Waris' second goal and denied the hosts a win which would have taken them out of the bottom three.

Waris opened the scoring with a penalty in the 51st minute, with Sebastien Corchia getting the visitors' first leveller three minutes later.

St Etienne claimed a 2-0 win over Bastia.

Brandao opened the scoring after 33 minutes and a Fethi Harek own goal sealed the win in the last minute.

Montpellier remain unbeaten in Ligue 1 this year after an expected win over rock-bottom Ajaccio.

Anthony Mounier and Remy Cabella struck in the second half to extend Montpellier's unbeaten run in the league to eight games.

Montpellier have now not lost in Ligue 1 since coach Rolland Courbis' first game in charge against St Etienne on December 13.

Mustapha Yatabare's stoppage-time goal earned Guingamp their first league win in 11 attempts at the expense of Nice.

The promoted side made a bright start to life in Ligue 1, flirting with the European places through the autumn, but have slipped towards the relegation zone having failed to win a game since November.

Jocelyn Gourvennec's men totally dominated 14th-placed Nice at the Stade du Roudourou and would have been understandably vexed if Yatabare had not found a way through at the death.

Visiting goalkeeper David Ospina - the only man keeping Nice in the tie for 90 minutes - was so incensed by the stoppage-time goal that he earned himself a red card by vehemently contesting its legitimacy with the referee.

On Friday, Marseille maintained their push for European football with a 1-0 win over Lorient.

Andre-Pierre Gignac's goal with just eight minutes to play handed all three points to L'OM who extended their unbeaten league run to five games.

Lorient have now gone four games without a win and look to be condemned to a mid-table finish despite having 13 Ligue 1 games remaining.

Layvin Kurzawa scored a 90th-minute winner to rescue Monaco after they twice threw away the lead at home to Reims.

Kurzawa tapped home after James Rodriguez's volley had come back off a post to keep Monaco hot on the heels of leaders Paris St Germain.

The hosts found Reims tough to shake off, Valere Germain's opener and Jeremy Toulalan's effort both cancelled out by Prince Oniangue.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men seven minutes from time when Aissa Mandi was sent off.


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