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PSG Blows Lyon Away, Maintains Ligue 1 Lead

  • AFP, Monday, December 2, 2013 3:17 PM

Paris Saint-Germain maintained its four-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table with a comprehensive 4-0 drubbing of fellow French giant Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. In a game that was somewhat overshadowed by the news that both team buses were stoned on the way to the stadium, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted twice from the spot, while star striker Edinson Cavani and captain Thiago Silva also got on the scoresheet for PSG.

A tense first-half tipped in the defending champ’s favor nine minutes before the break when striker Cavani headed home a Lucas Moura corner. Five minutes later, the Uruguayan was brought down in the area by Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre, and Ibrahimovic coolly chipped home from the spot. Thiago Silva then effectively killed the game in the 60th-minute, thumping home the rebound from his own header following another Moura corner, and Ibra sealed the points with his second penalty in the 83rd-minute.

"The size of the scoreline could make you think it was easy from beginning to end, but Lyon made life difficult for us early on," PSG coach Laurent Blanc told reporters after the game. "If we keep playing at 100 percent, I think it will be very difficult to beat PSG. But we need to avoid complacency and be at our very best every game."

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