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PSG clinch French title in record time with 9-0 rout

© Jacques Demarthon, AFP | Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Roberto Cavani (right) is congratulated by teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic after scoring a goal at the Aube stadium in Troyes.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-03-13

Paris Saint-Germain stormed to their fourth successive title with an emphatic 9-0 drubbing of Troyes, wrapping up the league with a record eight games in hand.

Inspired by four stunning Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals, Laurent Blanc's men obliterated the French record for the quickest league victory, previously held by Lyon who won the 2007 title under Gerard Houllier, with five games to go.

Just four days after advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals, PSG turned on the style to thrash Troyes, who look set for an immediate return to the second division.

Unlike last season when PSG waited until late March to take the top spot, the capital’s club have set the pace uninterrupted since beating Gazelec Ajaccio 2-0 in their second match of the season.

Three goals in six minutes in the first half settled PSG's nerves at Troyes' sun-kissed Stade de l'Aube.

First up was Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguyan capitalising on a poor back pass to sneak in to beat goalkeeper Matthieu Dreyer on the second attempt.

Pastore made it 2-0 shortly after, with a David Luiz interception played quickly to Ibrahimovic, whose sublime backheel found the Argentinian, who toe-poked a looping finish past a despairing Dreyer.

No sooner had the game been restarted than Adrien Rabiot gifted PSG a third after following up on a Cavani shot that rebounded off Dreyer.

Zlatan's show

It was then time for Ibrahimovic to take centre stage for 10 magical minutes.

The towering Swede made it 4-0 just seconds into the second-half after Cavani intercepted another poor clearance, "Ibra" was given too much space on the edge of the box and drilled the ball low into the left-hand corner.

Ibrahimovic's second was a gem, a first-time mid-air volley off an inch-perfect Angel di Maria cross as PSG overwhelmed Troyes.

His third – and 100th in Ligue 1 – was equally sublime, the 34-year-old Swede meeting a Layvin Kurzawa cross at full speed and unleashing a blinding right-footed shot that swerved into the far corner of the net.

Matthieu Saunier compounded Troyes' woes with an own goal, while Lossemy Karaboue was red carded for hauling Cavani down in the box with just 16 minutes left to play.

Dreyer did well to save Cavani's penalty, but the striker tapped it in as the ball rebounded.

It was left to Ibrahimovic to wrap up the 9-0 rout, the striker showing great strength to ride a tackle and unleash an unstoppable shot after a Pastore through-ball.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2016-03-13

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