Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain cemented their place at the top of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win over Nice.
PSG headed into Saturday's game at the Parc des Princes knowing they could take command of the the title race after Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw by Evian on Friday.
And the reigning champions took full advantage as Ibrahimovic inspired them to victory, the striker taking his goal tally for the season to 16 in all competitions.
The former Barcelona and Milan star opened the scoring with a close-range strike in the closing stages of the first half, before doubling the lead from the penalty spot in the early stages of the second.
Nemanja Pejcinovic pulled one back for Nice to raise the nerves among the home fans, but Ibrahimovic then eased any tension with a towering header 15 minutes from time.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc handed captain Thiago Silva his first start since picking up a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw with Monaco back in September, while Edinson Cavani was also recalled to the champions’ side after the missing the UEFA Champions League clash against Anderlecht in midweek.
Lucas Veronese replaced the injured David Ospina in the Nice goal as the Cote d'Azur club searched for their first win at the Parc des Princes in four years.
PSG began the game with intent, but it was Nice who could have taken the lead after just three minutes as Thiago Silva's last-ditch challenge denied Dario Cvitanich the chance to convert Christian Bruls’ right-wing cross.
But the visitors were fortunate not to fall behind when Veronese was called into action to keep out Maxwell's far-post delivery shortly after.
The hosts thought they had taken the lead after 25 minutes, Cavani turning home another Maxwell cross, but the goal was ruled out as Ibrahimovic was adjudged to have interfered with play from an offside position.
PSG were undeterred, though, with Ibrahimovic then drawing a fine save from Veronese after latching on a superb throughball from Thiago Motta.
And the capital club were finally rewarded for their persistence seven minutes before the break when Ibrahimovic prodded home Gregory van der Wiel's volleyed cross.
PSG should have doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time, but Sweden international Ibrahimovic could only nod Motta’s free-kick wide.
Blanc's men continued to dominate after the interval, with Cavani and Ibrahimovic both heading over from close range in the early stages of the second half.
Nice struggled to get a foothoold in the game, and three minutes before the hour mark they fell further behind as Ibrahimovic converted from the spot after Veronese had felled Cavani.
Claude Puel's men did find a way back into the contest with 20 minutes to play, as Pejcinovic tapped in Bruls' low delivery to give the visitors some hope.
But any thought of a surprise comeback was extinguished just five minutes later when Ibrahimovic rose highest to meet substitute Lucas Moura's delivery and complete his treble.
Moura went close himself in the dying stages, but a two-goal lead proved to be more than enough for Blanc's men to take victory.
|23||G. van der Wiel|
|10||Z. Ibrahimović||39' 57' 76'|
|Coach: L. Blanc|
for J. Pastore 75'
for E. Cavani 79'
|Mourinho has ´got to grips´ with United - Ferguson|
|Uganda v Mali: A lot at stake for Mali in shot-shy showdown|
|Napoli 1 Fiorentina 0: Callejon heads Partenopei into semi-finals|
|Bordeaux 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Cavani, Di Maria secure final berth|
|Watzke: Dortmund would consider €80m for Aubameyang|
|Togo 1 DR Congo 3: Kabananga´s goal streak continues as Ibenge´s men top group|
|Morocco 1 Ivory Coast 0: Alioui stunner sends holders crashing out|
|Romeu earns Southampton extension as Puel targets away goal|
|Sunderland striker Anichebe out for up to 10 weeks|
|Elneny wants to be an Arsenal legend ´like Thierry Henry´|
|Corini leaves Palermo as Ballardini is tipped for fourth return|
|Hernandez leaves Leicester for Malaga|
|Lukas PodGOALski...Gala forward nets five amid J-League links|
|CAS rejects Serbian appeal against Kosovo UEFA membership|
|Thiago back in Bayern training as Arsenal showdown looms|
|Thiago back in Bayern training as Arsenal showdown looms|
|Shearer´s Toon Army ´trump´ the POTUS|
|Rooney´s record may stand forever - Ferguson|
|Carrick expects full-strength United as Wembley return beckons|
|They insulted his mother and then there were monkey noises - Cyprien on Bastia Balotelli abuse|
|No Chelsea regrets for Sampaoli as Sevilla mount title challenge|
|Egypt v Ghana: Cuper backs Elneny to deliver in crucial Group D clash|
|James adds to Zidane´s injury woes at Madrid|
|Zidane wants fans behind Madrid after latest Ronaldo whistles|
|Mason ´continues to make excellent progress´|
|Allegri slams ´stupidity´ surrounding Buffon referee hug|
|Niang in talks over AC Milan exit, confirms Montella|
|Sunderland sign Lescott|
|China-bound Ramos completes loan switch to Granada|
|Rahman to miss ´several months´|
|Leekens quits after Algeria´s AFCON exit|
|Jese has firm Premier League offer, claims Las Palmas president|
|´I´m blessed with golden genes´ - Adebayor insists he is ready for new Premier League chance|
|Messi renewal progressing ´very, very well´ - Robert|
|Neuer expects Clement success at Swansea|
|Klopp calls for Liverpool enjoyment|
|Mustafi talks up Arsenal belief|
|Van Basten still against offside, slams ´nonsense in the media´|
|Rakitic dreaming of career-long Barcelona stay|
|Toure inspired by Ibrahimovic as he explains Chinese Super League snub|
|Kasperczak committed to attacking approach as Tunisia reach AFCON quarters|
|Slimani wants Algeria youngsters to learn from AFCON humiliation|
|Senegal 2 Algeria 2: Slimani at the double as Desert Warriors bow out|
|Zimbabwe 2 Tunisia 4: First-half glut seals progression|
|Adrian: I always wanted to return to Villarreal|
|Togo v DR Congo: Agassa could miss crucial game after vandals hit home|
|Extended Southampton stay on the cards for Sims|
|Bayern hoping for speedy Vidal return|
|Hull sign Markovic on loan from Liverpool|
|Wenger charged with misconduct by FA|
|Deulofeu joins AC Milan - and this time the deal is definitely done!|
|Henderson still playing through pain, reveals Klopp|
|Record-breaking Rooney reveals secret to longevity|
|No ulterior motive behind Van Dijk captaincy call - Puel|
|Carroll ignoring want-away Payet|
|Gerrard´s managerial ambitions ´wonderful news for Liverpool´ - Klopp|
|PSG interested in Guedes, confirms Emery|
|Barca lose Busquets to sprained ankle|
|Pulisic commits to Dortmund until 2020|
|Mason speaking after suffering fractured skull|
|Aubameyang blames poor preparation for Gabon AFCON exit|
|David Beckham returns to PSG|
|Morocco v Ivory Coast: Holders must beat old boss Renard as group reaches thrilling conclusion|
|Djilobodji charged over Fletcher incident|
|Cahill and Terry visit Mason in hospital|
|Allardyce onto second-choice transfer targets|
|Dortmund sign teenager Isak|
|Madrid confirm Modric and Marcelo injury blows|
|Vidal fears longer lay-off, targets return against Arsenal|
|Yaya Toure: Sterling should have dived!|
|Turan wants to see out Barcelona contract despite China talk|
|Impassioned Ibrahimovic attacks Rooney´s critics|
|´He has to lose weight´ – Mihajlovic angry after dropping Maxi Lopez|
|Lack of Liverpool signings frustrates Klopp|
|Suarez: Busquets difficult to replace for Barca|
|Depay impresses Lyon after debut|
|CSL? Rooney committed to United|
|Denis Suarez wants more goals after opening Barca account|
|Simeone bemoans inconsistency but says Atletico are improving|
|Mourinho won´t stand in the way of Rooney and CSL|
|Dzeko on target as Roma stay on Juve´s tail|
|Rakitic ready to cover for injured Busquets|
|Bale and Kane wish Mason well after serious injury|
|Busquets injury less severe than feared - Luis Enrique|