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Big win for PSG

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

PARIS - Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 per cent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended yesterday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick and strike partner Edinson Cavani also netted as the big-spending Parisians ran riot in the capital to move up to second.

But they were given a huge helping hand by Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier who failed to control a back pass on 24 minutes, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to the steer it on to his right foot but instead pushed it over the line.

Ibrahimovic notched his first four minutes before the break with a firm header from Maxwell's left-wing cross.

He doubled his tally as he ran on to a wayward back pass on 62 minutes before rounding Ruffier and slotting into the empty net.

A minute later Cavani lashed in an unstoppable drive from distance that left Ruffier rooted to his line.

Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes after beating a static offside trap and slotting the ball past Ruffier at his near post.

Moments later the Sweden star left the field to rapturous applause, his night's work complete.

Earlier, Bordeaux, trailing 1-0 to a first-half strike from Ivorian forward Junior Tallo, were let off the hook when Floyd Ayite's net-bound strike with quarter of an hour remaining was deflected onto the bar by the hand of home defender Nicolas Pallois.

No penalty was given and instead Bordeaux drew level in the 79th minute thanks to Diego Rolan's third goal of the season.

The result left Bordeaux two points clear of PSG and Lille.

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