Football: PSG sets Ligue 1 record of 33 games undefeated with 3-1 Lorient win

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos (left) vies with Lorient's Ghanaian forward Abdul Waris during the French L1 football match on Feb 3, 2016, in Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos (left) vies with Lorient's Ghanaian forward Abdul Waris during the French L1 football match on Feb 3, 2016, in Paris.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Paris Saint-Germain established a new French Ligue 1 record on Wednesday as they stretched their unbeaten streak to 33 matches by easing past Lorient 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Edinson Cavani was given a rare start by Laurent Blanc and justified his manager's decision by opening the scoring in only the sixth minute.

Lorient struck back midway through the first half with a well-worked equaliser from Raphael Guerreiro. The defending champions forged ahead again though with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal 10 minutes after half-time.

PSG were not at their fluent best, but Layvin Kurzawa made it three with an excellent strike.

"We can be very pleased tonight. The record, it really is something," Blanc said after his side's 14th win in a row. "About the match itself though my feelings are mixed. We were not in total control at certain times.

"But I have to take my share of the responsibility. After rotating the team, it is normal to have a few problems."

PSG are a staggering 24 points clear at the top of the table, but with a crucial Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea starting on Feb 16, Blanc still wants further improvement.

"We could have had more goals, but Lorient could have scored more too," he said. "I am delighted with the performance of Cavani, but individually and as a team we could have done better, and I include myself in that."