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Football: Ibrahimovic off injured in PSG's 2-0 victory over Bastia

Published on Aug 17, 2014 7:22 AM
Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguyan forward Edinson Cavani (left) vies for the ball with Bastia's French defender François-Joseph Modesto during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bastia on Aug 16, 2014 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Paris Saint-Germain overcame the early loss of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they eased to a 2-0 victory against SC Bastia at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

The Swede appeared to strain a muscle in his side in innocuous fashion early on, and lasted barely 15 minutes before making way for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

However, in his absence, Lucas opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Edinson Cavani doubled their advantage just before the hour mark to score his first of the campaign and give PSG their first victory in Ligue 1 after last weekend's 2-2 draw at Reims.

Bastia had never beaten PSG away from home in the top flight but they were optimistic of springing a surprise thanks to the influence of their new coach Claude Makelele, the former Paris captain who gave up his role as assistant coach at the Parc des Princes to take over in Corsica this summer.

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