• Ibrahimovic lifts French Cup in PSG swan song

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    PARIS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 4-2 to clinch a 10th French Cup title on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in the Swede’s final game with the club.

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    Blaise Matuidi struck PSG’s opening goal inside two minutes at the Stade de France, but Marseille hit back just 10 minutes later through on-loan Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin.

    Ibrahimovic then converted a penalty immediately after half time to restore the capital club’s lead, before he played in Edinson Cavani to add a third goal on 56 minutes.

    The 34-year-old Swedish star signed off in trademark spectacular style with his second of the evening, the 156th and final goal of his PSG career, eight minutes from time as Laurent Blanc’s side repeated last year’s domestic treble despite a late consolation from Michy Batshuayi.

    “I’m very happy to win my final match with a fantastic team,” said Ibrahimovic.

    “We’ve worked hard over the four years. It was an incredible adventure for me, especially when you know how things were when I arrived and how they are now.

    “It’s mission accomplished. I didn’t learn to speak French but I’ve won everything. I came, I saw, I conquered.”

    Marseille interim coach Franck Passi lamented his side’s slow start to both halves, rueing a lack of concentration.

    “You must not give away goals like the ones we conceded because it’s difficult for us to score them,” he said. “It needed to stay at 1-1 for longer, we had the chances but we only scored two goals.

    “We couldn’t to afford to concede a goal so quickly, we needed to be more focused.”

    With the Ligue 1 crown and French League Cup already in the bag, PSG were aiming to move level with record 10-time French Cup winners Marseille in a repeat of the 2006 final, won 2-1 by Paris.

    AFP

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