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PSG keeps lead

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Nantes yesterday to maintain their five-point lead over Monaco at the top of Ligue 1.

Earlier in the day, the Principality club had kept the pressure on the champions with a routine 2-0 win at mid-table Toulouse.

Brazil centre-back Thaigo Silva opened the scoring for PSG after just 10 minutes at the Parc des Princes as he knocked home the loose ball from six yards after Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou failed to hold onto Edinson Cavani's header.

PSG had all but put the game to bed by half-time as Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled their advantage from the penalty spot.

However, it wasn't without controversy as Chaker Alhadhur was deemed to have brought down Marco Verratti, despite television replays suggesting the Italian midfielder had merely slipped.

But just six minutes after the restart it was all over as Blaise Matuidi's back post header found Thiago Motta unmarked to scored from eight yards out.

Nantes were their own worst enemies at times and Papy Mison Djilobodji was penalised for trying to dribble past Verratti, the Italian tackling the defender and sending Ibrahimovic away to cross for Cavani to notch number four.

Ibrahimovic added the fifth after Javier Pastore's shot was blocked following more good work from Matuidi.

Goals from Layvin Kurzawa and Lucas Ocampos gave Monaco an eight-point advantage over fourth-placed Saint-Etienne.

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