PSG routs Lyon 4-0 to keep 4-point lead in France

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm •  Published: December 1, 2013

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain restored its four-point lead over Lille at the top of the French league by outclassing Lyon 4-0 Sunday.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring by heading home a corner from Lucas Moura in the 36th minute before Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty in the 41st.

Thiago Silva added a third goal from close range in the 60th and Ibrahimovic sealed the win from the penalty spot in the 83rd.

Ibrahimovic is now the top scorer in the league with 11 goals, one more than Cavani, as PSG stretched its unbeaten run to 36 games in all competitions.

"It's a great victory for PSG," Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said, "because it shows that they find the solution when tactical plans are changed."

Lyon dropped to the middle of the table, 18 points behind PSG.

Lyon nearly took the lead in the 27th when Alexandre Lacazette rolled away from Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti and dribbled past Gregory Van der Wiel to fire a powerful strike that rattled the bar.

Lyon coach Remi Garde used a 5-4-1 formation to prevent the defending champion from developing plays. That tactical ploy worked for half an hour until PSG coach Laurent Blanc adjusted by shifting playmaker Javier Pastore from the midfield to the left wing and moving Cavani up front from the left wing.

"By playing Cavani and Ibrahimovic up front, it allowed us to have more players on the width of the pitch and to deprive Lyon of the space it could easily find," Blanc said.

Cavani fed Pastore in the 32nd but the Argentine midfielder took too much time to shoot and had his close-range effort blocked by Lyon defender Bakary Kone.

Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre kept frustrating PSG by turning an attempt from Ibrahimovic around the post in the 35th. But Cavani finally put PSG ahead from the following corner by making a run at the near post for a downward header.

The Uruguay striker initiated the second goal in the 40th by collecting a through ball from Pastore before Vercoutre brought him down inside the area. Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot with an audacious chip.

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