Football: Ibrahimovic the maestro again as PSG enjoy French Cup stroll
PARIS (AFP) - Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired a first-half hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) sailed into the last-32 of the French Cup on Wednesday with a 5-2 dismantling of Brest in their twice postponed tie.
The match, originally scheduled for last weekend, was delayed a second time on Tuesday due to heavy rains and a water-logged pitch in the weather-stricken Brittany region.
Ibrahimovic, 32, leads the domestic league scoring charts with 15 goals in 19 matches and was again in magnificent form as he opened his account on 10 minutes before Brazilian Thiago Motta doubled the advantage with only 16 minutes played.
Benoit Lesoimier pulled a goal back for the second division hosts on 33 minutes before the colossal Sweden captain struck twice in three minutes to all but seal the victory before even the players headed back into the changing rooms at half-time.