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Ligue 1 Wrap: PSG go four points clear as Lille held

9 November 2013 22:58

Paris Saint-Germain went four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick inspired them to a 3-1 win over Nice.

Laurent Blanc's men went into Saturday's game at the Parc des Princes knowing they could extend their lead at the summit following third-placed Monaco's 1-1 draw with Evian on Friday.

And the champions made no mistake as Ibrahimovic produced a wonderful display to seal the points.

The Sweden international turned home Gregory van der Wiel's volleyed cross to put PSG in front seven minutes prior to half-time, before doubling their lead from the spot 12 minutes into the second half.

Defender Nemanja Pejcinovic pulled one back for Nice on 70 minutes, but their hopes of a fightback were ended when Ibrahimovic capped off his treble with a powerful header from Lucas Moura's right-wing delivery that represents his 50th goal for PSG.

Blanc's side are now four points ahead of Lille in second place following their 0-0 draw at Guingamp.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Lionel Mathis was sent off late on, but Rene Girard's side could not take advantage in a game bereft of clear-cut chances.

Elsewhere, Valenciennes missed the chance to move out of the bottom three as a last-gasp equaliser forced them to settle for a 1-1 draw with Montpellier.

Ariel Jacobs' men took the lead at the Stade du Hainaut after six minutes through Benjamin Angoua's close-range strike, but midfielder Benjamin Stambouli struck in the 91st minute to earn a share of the spoils for Montpellier despite Mathieu Deplagne's dismissal.

Bastia maintained their unbeaten home record as they overcame Rennes 1-0 thanks to an eighth-minute goal from Lille loanee Gianni Bruno.

Bruno held off the attentions of several Rennes defenders to volley past Benoit Costil and secure a win that sees the Corsicans leapfrog Philippe Montanier's side into ninth place.

Meanwhile, Toulouse were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Ajaccio, as Reims played out a goalless stalemate at Lorient, who had winger Maxime Barthelme sent off in the second half.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +52 59
2 26 +32 56
3 26 +22 56
4 25 +18 43
5 26 +10 39
6 26 +4 39
7 26 +1 39
8 26 +3 34
9 26 -3 34
10 26 -6 33
11 26 -5 32
12 26 -11 30
13 25 -15 30
14 26 -8 29
15 26 -17 28
16 25 -20 28
17 26 -5 27
18 26 -16 27
19 25 -11 23
20 26 -25 22

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