Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55 year-old tourist

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey? (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey?

Read more

LIFESTYLES

New road trip

Read more

LIFESTYLES

High-tech in France

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Global warming: A drowning planet

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: Did he ever leave?

Read more

Sport

Zagreb exit Champions League after PSG thrashing

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-11-07

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up four goals to guide Paris St-Germain to a decisive 4-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League match Tuesday night. The result knocks the Croatian team out of the competition.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up all four goals as Paris St Germain thrashed Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 on Tuesday to knock the Croatians out of the Champions League.

The Sweden striker, playing in a deeper position than usual, laid on goals for Alex, Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez and Guillaume Hoarau as second-placed PSG took their points haul to nine from four matches in Group A, one behind leaders Porto.

“He (Ibrahimovic) uses his abilities to help the others and that is why he is a fantastic player,” PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters.

“That’s the difference between a great player and a champion. He is a champion, he is a fantastic leader.”

PSG were below their best in a dull first half but they turned on the style in the second period to outclass their opponents.

Dinamo are bottom of the table with zero points, four behind Dynamo Kiev who drew 0-0 with Porto on Tuesday.

Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who had been out for a month with a groin injury, started the game and produced some eye-catching early tricks for PSG.

Dinamo went close when Josip Pivaric’s low cross-shot whizzed just wide.

The home side took the lead with their first real chance as defender Alex volleyed in a low centre from Ibrahimovic in the 16th minute.

Thiago Silva almost made it 2-0 in the 40th minute when the Brazil defender’s point-blank header was saved by keeper Ivan Kelava.

Teenager shines

Seventeen-year-old Adrien Rabiot, a product of the youth academy, shone for PSG in the first half.

His fellow midfielder Mohamed Sissoko was replaced at halftime by Marco Verratti after the former Liverpool player had picked up an injury.

“Rabiot had a great game and Verratti did well after the break,” said Ancelotti.

Ibrahimovic delighted the crowd early in the second half when he produced a kung fu-style volley that went just wide.

The Swede then provided a perfect 61st-minute pass for Matuidi to poke the ball home.

Four minutes later the towering Ibrahimovic found Menez in the box and the France winger toyed with a couple of defenders before slotting the ball past Kelava.

Ibrahimovic seemed set to score himself from one attack but slipped after bursting into the box.

He recovered his composure, though, and slipped the ball into the path of second-half substitute Hoarau who scored the fourth goal from close range with 10 minutes left.

“The best thing after such a rout is just to have a good night’s sleep," said Dinamo coach Ante Cacic.” We lacked focus at the back but we are a very young side.

“Ibrahimovic sees things that others don’t. We’re not the last team who will struggle to contain him.”

(REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2012-11-07

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    French police swoop on Croatian supporters ahead of PSG, Zagreb match

    Read more

  • FRENCH FOOTBALL

    Marseille win to move level with Ligue 1 leaders PSG

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Mega-rich PSG blasted for ‘pathetic’ intern salary offer

    Read more

COMMENT(S)