Ligue 1

September 22, 2012

Full-time

Bastia

0 - 4

Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1

15:00 +00:00, September 22, 2012

Armand-Cesari-Furiani, France

Ibra bags brace in PSG win

#INSERT type:image caption:Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target for PSG in their win over Bastia END#

Paris St Germain's resurgence continued apace this afternoon as the big-spending capital club swept aside Bastia in a one-sided encounter at Stade Armand Cesari.

After opening the Ligue 1 season with three straight draws, PSG have now won three on the spin to muscle their way into the top three.

A brace by Zlatan Ibrahimovic allied to efforts by Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi secured all the points for Carlo Ancelotti's men, as promoted Bastia slipped to their fourth league defeat on the trot.

Bastia have failed to score in their last three defeats while conceding 10 goals, and the back-to-back wins that opened their campaign last month must seem a distant memory for coach Frederic Hantz.

Just six minutes were on the clock when PSG opened the floodgates today, Nene's free-kick coming through to Ibrahimovic, who teed up Menez to apply the finish.

Wahbi Khazri twice went close for the hosts in the first half but was denied on both occasions by Salvatore Sirigu, the goalkeeper first turning away a stinging low drive and then keeping out a free-kick.

In between those chances PSG went close to doubling their lead when Ibrahimovic nodded down for Matuidi, but the midfielder's first-time effort flew over the crossbar.

The second goal arrived five minutes before the interval, Marco Verrati's superb pass picking out Ibrahimovic, who took a touch before dispatching a clinical finish to register his sixth goal of the season.

Jeremy Choplin flashed a header wide for the hosts on 62 minutes as Bastia briefly threatened, but the visitors killed the game off in the 72nd minute when Nene sprung the offside trap with a through-ball for Matuidi, who calmly slotted home.

Sirigu preserved his clean sheet by turning away a Khazri free-kick in the 85th minute, leaving Ibrahimovic to wrap up the scoring in injury time with a composed finish after another telling pass by the influential Nene.

Scoring Summary

Bastia Paris Saint-Germain
 Jérémy Menez (6')
 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40')
 Blaise Matuidi (72')
 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (90')