Feb 20, 2014

    Paris Saint-Germain rout Leverkusen


    ZLATAN Ibrahimovic has urged Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to finish off Bayer Leverkusen after their 4-0 victory in Germany left them on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.

    The Swedish star scored two goals within three minutes of each other in the first half, as the French league leaders ran riot at Leverkusen's BayArena in Tuesday's last-16, first-leg clash.

    Leverkusen were reduced to 10 men for the final 30 minutes when Ibrahimovic's marker, Emir Spahic, was sent off for a second yellow card.

    Ibrahimovic's two goals made him the competition's top scorer, with 10 Champions League goals in six matches, one more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    This was a five-star performance from PSG, but Ibrahimovic was forthright when asked if this Parisian side was the best team he has played in.

    "I've played in fantastic teams, so difficult to say, you can have a great team, but not win trophies, we need to finish the job first," said the 32-year-old.

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

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

    PSG coach Laurent Blanc said: "The players did really well and I have to praise them for the performance."

    But he, too, cautioned against growing expectations, saying: "It doesn't matter how the first leg went, we still have the second to come. Obviously, this is a big step towards the quarter-finals, but we want to win the return at the Parc des Princes.

    "We have ambitions in this competition. This is just one game."