PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani scored spectacular goals as unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain beat Bastia 4-0 to provisionally move ahead of Monaco at the top of the French league on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic has some logic-defying goals during his illustrious career and added another to his collection.
Winger Lucas' cross from the right inadvertently struck Hervin Ongenda and the ball looped up and behind Ibrahimovic, who showed amazing flexibility to volley it over his shoulder with the back of his heel.
Moments later, he made it 2-0 after 15 minutes when Lucas' cross went in off his shoulder.
Cavani replaced Ibrahimovic at halftime and dribbled past three players down the left before slotting in from a tight angle. He added a late penalty for 4-0.
"Ibra doesn't surprise me, we know he's capable of scoring goals like that. We're very lucky to have a player like this, who is able to break the deadlock in any match," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "Cavani's goal was just as good, it wasn't easier to score. I'll be perfectly happy if he scores more like that."
Monaco, the only other unbeaten side, can retain top spot on goal difference if it wins by three goals at lowly Sochaux on Sunday. Lille remained in third place, four points behind PSG after winning 1-0 at Montpellier thanks to an early goal from defender Pape Souare.
Cavani has six league goals so far, one more than Ibrahimovic, although they rarely combine.
Bastia is strong at home but inconsistent away from home and had not won in its previous 25 visits to Paris.
It was soon obvious that bad run was never going to end when Ibrahimovic, who has a black belt in taekwondo, put PSG ahead in the 10th.
"He must have raised his leg about two meters," Bastia defender Francois-Joseph Modesto said. "That's why people pay a lot for players like him."
If only for one half, Cavani got a chance to play in his favored center forward role, rather than wide right when he's picked with Ibrahimovic in a 4-3-3 formation.
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