Ligue 1 review

Zlatan hat-trick inspires PSG

December 11, 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain narrowed the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Lyon to two points with an emphatic 4-0 away win at Valenciennes.

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The Swede opened the scoring in the 28th minute and added two more goals early in the second half before Ezequiel Lavezzi rounded off the rout in the 82nd minute against their fifth-placed opponents.

Nice proved their European credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over nine-man Rennes.

Dario Cvitanich's penalty midway through the second half moved the south-coast club level on points with their opponents and firmly in the hunt for fourth place.

Rennes' cause was not helped by a 53rd-minute red card for Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and the dismissal of Yassine Jebbour 11 minutes later for conceding the penalty.

Second-half strikes from Marko Basa and Dimitri Payet saw Lille to a 2-0 victory over a Toulouse side who had goalkeeper Ali Ahamada to thank that the score was not more emphatic at the Stade Borne de l'Espoir.

Lille had scored just once in their last three matches heading into Tuesday's clash and - without registering a victory in that time - were desperate to beat a Toulouse side who themselves had not won in three.