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Paris Saint Germain Stay Unbeaten in Ligue 1 As They Dominate Lyon

Photo: Courtesy of Paris Saint Germain’s official Facebook page

Paris Saint Germain beat Lyon 4-0 this Sunday in Paris. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (two), Edinson Cavani and Thiago  Silva were the goalscorers for the Parisians. Laurent Blanc‘s men remained unbeaten and kept their four points cushion on second-place Lille.

PSG was under pressure before this game as both Lille and Monaco had won their games on Saturday and were respectively one and two points behind Blanc’s men. For Lyon, a win in Paris could have sent them to seventh place.

Surprisingly, it was Lyon that started on the front foot, controlling the ball and forcing the Parisians to defend deep for the first 15 minutes. Noticing that his team had problems with Lyon’s five-men defense, Blanc switched his 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 around the 25th minute. With  Cavani and Ibrahimovic upfront and Lucas Moura and  Javier Pastore on the wings, the Parisians had more width and a better presence in the final third.

PSG’s first goal came at the 36th minute. Cavani victoriously headed a corner from Lucas to give the lead to the Parisians. He also won a penalty five minutes later after being brought down in the box by Lyon goakeeper Remy Vercoutre. Ibrahimovic easily converted it with a floating ball over the goalkeeper to put his team ahead 2-0 at halftime.

The Parisians added a third goal by their captain Silva at the 60th minute. The Brazilian center-back smashed the ball into the back of the net after his header was blocked by Gueida Fofana. Blanc’s men got a fourth goal from Ibrahimovic, who scored his second penalty of the day and his 11th goal of the season, making him the league’s top scorer ahead of Cavani (10 goals) and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao (nine).

After a very good start, Lyon collapsed after Blanc’s tactical change and conceded four goals on set pieces. PSG is still unbeaten and has won 11 of their 15 games. The reigning Champions look stronger than ever and seem on their way to bring a second consecutive title to the French capital.