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Ibrahimovic Hat Trick Fires PSG to Four-Point Lead

Paris Saint-Germain opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat trick, which was enough to beat Nice, 3-1, at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. Elsewhere, second-place Lille drew 0-0 at Guingamp, while AS Monaco drew 1-1 at home to Evian Thonon Gaillard.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in the 39th minute, stretching to get onto the end of a Gregory Van der Wiel cross before adding another from the penalty spot in the 57th minute. Nemanja Pejcinovic pulled one back for the visitor in the 70th minute, but thoughts of a comeback were thwarted five minutes later when the big Swede headed a Lucas Moura cross home from close range.

''We're lucky to have players who score a lot of goals,'' PSG coach Laurent Blanc said after the game, referring to Ibrahimovic and his other star striker, Edinson Cavani. Cavani is the joint top scorer in Ligue 1 alongside Monaco’s Radamel Falcao with nine goals, while Ibra is second with eight. ''You can have as much ball possession as you want, but it's useless if you're not efficient in front of goal."

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