Thursday 27 April 2017

Ibrahimovic leads PSG's nine-goal rout to seal title

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four second-half goals as Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fourth straight French league title in style, pulverizing last-place Troyes 9-0 on Sunday to become champion with a record eight games to spare. Photo: Thibault Camus/AP Photo
PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four second-half goals as Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fourth straight French league title in style, pulverizing last-place Troyes 9-0 on Sunday to become champion with a record eight games to spare. Photo: Thibault Camus/AP Photo

Jamie Holland

Four goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurred Paris St Germain to their fourth successive Ligue 1 title with a 9-0 rout of Troyes, becoming the first team to win the championship after 30 matches.

Ibrahimovic's sensational nine-minute hat-trick at the start of the second half followed goals from Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot.

Matthieu Saunier's own goal and further strikes by Cavani and Ibrahimovic completed the biggest away victory in French Ligue 1 history.

PSG moved up to 77 points, 25 clear of second-place Monaco, winning the league with eight games still to play.

The championship is the sixth in the club's history and the fastest-ever Ligue 1 victory, breaking the record set by Gerard Houllier's Olympique Lyonnais in 2007, who won the title after 33 matches.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi scored and provided three assists as Barcelona equalled a club record of 12 consecutive league wins by thrashing struggling Getafe 6-0 at the Nou Camp.

The Argentinian, who also missed a penalty, scored with a brilliant curling finish from the edge of the area, while Neymar marked his return to action after suspension by netting either side of half-time.

An own goal by Getafe defender Juan Rodriguez put Barca on their way after eight minutes but then Messi missed a fourth penalty of the season, before laying on passes for Munir El Haddadi and Neymar to stretch the hosts' lead.

Messi added the fourth before the break and was soon setting up Neymar again in the second half, threading the ball into the path of the Brazilian, who scored his 25th goal of the season in all competitions.

Then Arda Turan completed the thrashing with an overhead volley to finish off the hapless visitors, who have lost eight of their last nine league games.

Luis Enrique's side are in the midst of a record of 37 matches without defeat in all competitions and the victory over Getafe matched the 12 straight league wins they achieved in 2012-13 under coach Tito Vilanova.

Real Madrid survived a late scare as Casemiro netted an 89th-minute winner against Las Palmas, who had equalised two minute earlier. There was still time, however, for Sergio Ramos to be sent off for the 20th time in his career.

Elsewhere, Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara struck twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich thumped Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday to secure their first win in three games.

Robert Lewandowski was also on the scoresheet for the Bavarians, who had claimed just one point from their previous two matches. They terrorised Bremen, with Kingsley Coman setting up three goals.

Borussia Dortmund kept the pressure on Bayern yesterday with a 2-0 victory over Mainz, although the game was overshadowed by the death of a fan who suffered heart attack. Goals from Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa took Dortmund within five points of Bayern.

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