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December 11, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
Stade du Hainaut — Valenciennes
Referee:‬ W. Bien‎
Attendance:‬ 23021‎
 
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
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Valenciennes 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Ibrahimovic hits a hat-trick

Les Parisiens strolled to an easy victory against their high-flying opponents as Carlo Ancelotti's men produced their most impressive display of the season to date

By Harry Slavin

Ligue 1 : Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris SG vs Evian TG)
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Paris Saint-Germain produced a devastating display to dispatch Valenciennes 4-0 at Stade du Hainaut and close the gap on league leaders Olympique Lyonnais.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again grabbed the headlines as he netted his first ever hat-trick in Ligue 1 and Ezequiel Lavezzi added a fourth late on as les Parisiens delivered their most potent performance since Carlo Ancelotti took charge.

Valenciennes started the match the brighter and the home side found themselves threatening Salvatore Sirigu’s goal on a few occasions early on.

Carlos Sanchez was the first to try his luck from range but his effort swerved just wide of goal. David Ducourtioux then forced Sirigu into a fine stop, the Italian having to get down quickly to tip the full-back’s effort round the post.

France Under-21 defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin’s flicked header from a corner then forced Sirigu into a punched clearance, as Ancelotti’s side struggled to contain their opponents.

PSG began to assert themselves on the game after 20 minutes and Lavezzi was the first to cause les Atheniens a scare.

Nicolas Penneteau had only had a couple of ambitious Ibrahimovic free kicks to deal with when the hosts' livewire winger exchanged a neat one-two with fellow Argentine Javier Pastore before curling an effort just wide of the upright from the edge of the area.

Pastore then wasted a good opportunity to deliver a decent ball into the area when he decided to take aim from a tight angle instead of cutting the ball back, but the visitors took the lead soon after.

Pastore and Jeremy Menez linked well down the right flank and when Menez's cross was only clawed out to the edge of the area by Penneteau, Lavezzi's low drive was diverted into the net by Ibrahimovic from close range.

That goal appeared to deflate the home side and the only other noteworthy incident during what was left of the opening half was the injury picked up by Alex, which saw him replaced by Mamadou Sakho.

The game as a contest was effectively ended within the opening 10 minutes of the second half, as Ligue 1’s top goalscorer quickly completed his hat-trick to help PSG to a three-goal lead.

Ibrahimovic’s second came just four minutes after the restart when Pastore’s wicked volley from Rudy Mater’s clearance was palmed straight into the path of the Swede, who made no mistake from six yards out.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan man then wrapped up his first ever treble in France four minutes later, with his easiest finish of the night.

Lavezzi released Menez into acres of space behind the Valenciennes backline and he drove towards goal and drew out Penneteau, allowing him to square for the unmarked Ibrahimovic to roll the ball into an empty goal.

Menez should have added a fourth when the hat-trick hero tried to repay the favour, but the former Roma midfielder scooped his effort over the bar when his team-mate had unselfishly turned the ball back into his path from six yards out.

Blaise Matuidi struck the post soon after, but the visitors were not to be denied a fourth as Lavezzi collected substitute Marco Verratti’s pass and turned his marker brilliantly before slotting past a hapless Penneteau.

The win sees Lyon's lead at the top cut to just two points, while Valenciennes stay in fifth place after their heavy defeat.

 



Valenciennes FC

1
Nicolas Penneteau
Goalkeeper
2.00
20
2.00
33
1.50
26
G. Bong
Defender
3.00
25
Rudy Mater
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
2.00
20
Gaël Danic
Midfielder
68′
2.50
10
Mathieu Dossevi
Midfielder
78′
4.00
14
Foued Kadir
Midfielder
3.00
8
Anthony Le Tallec
Midfielder
85′
1.50

Paris Saint-Germain

2.50
30
4.50
4
3.00
33
Alex
Defender
45′
2.50
17
Maxwell
Defender
2.00
26
3.00
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
53′ 75′
3.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.50
27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
3.50
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
68′
4.00
21
4.50
10

Substitutes

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Paul Charruau
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Loris Néry
Defender
 - 
18
Kenny Lala
Defender
 - 
23
Jose Saez
Midfielder
85′
2.00
-
Marco da Silva
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.00
28
2.00

Substitutes

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1
2.50
17
 - 
22
 - 
23
2.00
20
3.00
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
68′ 82′
 - 
13

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
25 6
Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani
Striker
PSG
15 2
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Striker
Lyon
15 0
Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
Striker
FC Lorient
14 2
André Pierre Gignac André Pierre Gignac
Striker
Marseille
14 1