Paris Saint-Germain consolidated their grip on top spot in the Ligue 1 table with a crushing 6-0 victory over En Avant de Guingamp on Friday evening.
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Laurent Blanc will surely be confident off seeing off Olympique de Lyonnais and retaining the French title after a thoroughly dominant display against the Bretons.
Admittedly, Guingamp hardly turned up for the opening fixture of the Ligue 1 weekend, and their lethargic, listless performance betrayed the fact that they have little left to play for this season.
Edinson Cavani—who bagged a hat-trick—was arguably the game’s outstanding performer, although Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti also delivered magnificent showings, continuing their exceptional personal campaigns.
Cavani opened the scoring inside the first few minutes, firing home from inside the box after excellent work from Verratti and Zlatan.
PSG have made a habit of starting matches quickly this term, and they added to their tally before 20 minutes had been played as Zlatan finished deftly.
The goals gave Blanc’s side a stranglehold on the match that they never looked like ceding.
It was 3-0 soon after the break when Cavani made it three with a magnificent finish.
Knowing that victory was secured, PSG turned on the class.
Zlatan was influential in the fourth, setting up Maxwell with a sublime chipped cross.
Cavani completed his hat-trick late on with a delicious volley following a quickly-taken free kick by Verratti, before a Zlatan penalty—after a foul by Jeremy Sorbon—completed the rout.
PSG, having played one more game that OL, sit six points clear of their title rivals with a superior goal difference.
If OL fail to beat Stade Malherbe Caen on Saturday, one more win would ensure that Paris retain their title.