Ligue 1: Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick puts PSG back on top
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his disciplinary woes aside on Friday, taking his side back to the top of Ligue 1 with a hat-trick in their 3-1 home victory over FC Lorient.
Paris: Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his disciplinary woes aside on Friday, taking his side back to the top of Ligue 1 with a hat-trick in their 3-1 home victory over FC Lorient.
PSG`s talisman was banned for one match by UEFA`s Control & Disciplinary Body after being sent off during a Champions League last 16 match at Chelsea last week.
And he also faces French League`s (LFP) disciplinary commission to explain derogatory remarks he made about refereeing after PSG`s loss at Girondins Bordeaux last week.
However, he showed his good side as PSG moved a point clear of Olympique Lyon who play on Saturday.
After two minutes the pony-tailed Swede slotted a penalty after being up-ended by keeper Benjamin Lecomte up-ended him as he ran on to a long ball.
Lecomte received a yellow card for his challenge.
Ezequiel Lavezzi missed a sitter for PSG half an hour in.
A cheeky backheel from Ibramovic sent him clear on the edge of the box but he pushed the ball into the side netting for one of a series of missed opportunities for the league leaders.
Lorient equalised midway through the second half when Benjamin Jeannot teed up a strike for Jordan Ayew.
Ayew had another shot cleared off the line a few minutes later, sparking the game into life with 15 minutes to go.
Ibrahimovic then showed his prowess from the spot again in the 82nd minute after Lamine Kone`s foul on Javier Pastore.
He completed his hat-trick on full time.
Lyon, one point behind PSG on 58 points, are at home to Nice on Saturday while third-placed Marseille, on 54, travel to second-from-bottom RC Lens on Sunday.