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Football: Ibrahimovic double puts PSG on verge of quarters

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:08 AM
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring during the first-leg round of 16 UEFA Champions League football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Leverkusen, western Germany, on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LEVERKUSEN (AFP) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to leave Paris Saint-Germain on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after their 4-0 win at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16, first-leg clash on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014.

Leverkusen, second only to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, suffered their third straight home defeat as Laurent Blanc's PSG were rarely troubled at the Bay Arena with Ibrahimovic the architect of the victory with two goals in three first-half minutes.

Left winger Blaise Matuidi put PSG ahead with barely two minutes gone before Ibrahimovic netted a penalty, then added a second when he unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot to make it 3-0 at the break.

Replacement Yohan Cabaye then added PSG's fourth just before the final whistle.

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