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Latest update : 2014-02-18

Sweden's striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to help Paris Saint-Germain to a crushing 4-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last 16 1st leg Tuesday, giving PSG a strong chance of making it to the quarter-finals.

The volatile Ibrahimovic, who took his tally in this season's competition to 10, also converted a penalty after Blaise Matuidi had given the French side an early lead.

Leverkusen, second only to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, suffered their third straight home defeat as Laurent Blanc's PSG were rarely troubled at the BayArena with Ibrahimovic the architect of the victory, scoring two goals in three first-half minutes.

Left winger Matuidi put PSG ahead with barely two minutes gone before Ibrahimovic netted a penalty, then added a second when he unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot to make it 3-0 at the break.

Bayer were reduced to ten men when Ibrahimovic's marker Emir Spahic was sent off for a second yellow, and the subsequent red, for the final half an hour.

Replacement Yohan Cabaye then added PSG's fourth just before the final whistle.

The match means that 32-year-old Ibrahimovic replaces Cristiano Ronaldo as the competition's top scorer, notching up 10 goals in six Champions League games this season after netting four in the 5-0 rout of RSC Anderlecht in Belgium last October.

Sami Hyypia-coached Leverkusen now face the unenviable task of trying to salvage something from the return leg in Paris on March 12.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-02-18

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