PSG power past Bastia, Lille win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani both struck twice to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bastia and lift the capital side three points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after only ten minutes and added a second three minutes later which broke the game wide open and put PSG in command against their Corsican visitors. Cavani then added a brilliant third and a late penalty to carry Laurent Blanc's unbeaten side to their seventh win in ten outings.

Sweden captain Ibrahimovic scored a trademark opener when he back-heeled the ball home from mid-air to give former PSG 'keeper Michael Landreau little chance.

The former AC Milan and Barcelona marksman, who capped his maiden campaign in the capital with a league leading 30 goals, then took his tally this season to five in ten matches with a close range finish that appeared to go in off his shoulder following a good cross from Brazilian Lucas.

Blanc even had the luxury of bringing off his talisman early in the second half with one eye on the UEFA Champions League trip to Anderlecht, as last season's quarter-finalists look to make it three wins from three in a group that also includes Benfica and Olympiakos.

Cavani continued the rout with a superb individual effort on 63 minutes. The 26-year-old Uruguayan picked up the ball on the left wing, cut inside the box and beat two defenders as well as rounding Landreau before rolling the ball into an empty goal from an acute angle.

A late 89th minute Cavani penalty, confidently planted in the top right hand corner, gave the scoreline an emphatic look. Monaco must now attempt to draw level on points when they travel to second-from-bottom Sochaux on Sunday.

In other matches, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama saved a late penalty to preserve Lille's 1-0 win at 2012 champions Montpellier while Guingamp came back to defeat Evian 2-1.

Nantes continued their sparking return to the top flight by defeating Ajaccio 1-0 in Corsica, while Algerian Foued Kadir gave Rennes a 2-0 lead before basement dwellers Valenciennes stormed back to salvage a 2-2 draw.