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Paris St. Germain kicked of the start of the French Ligue 1 with a 2-2 draw against Lorient at home in the Parc des Princes thanks to Ibrahimovic and a last minute penalty.

PSG lined up with a strong starting eleven with summer signings Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Verratti alongside the likes of Sakho, Alex, Maxwell and Ménez but it was Lorient that took the lead in the 4th minute thanks to an own goal from Maxwell. A disorganized looking defence were hit on the attack with Kevin Monnet-Paquet delivering a low cross that Maxwell didn’t mange to get out of the way from and turned it into his own net. Nicolas Douchez, who was also making his PSG debut, would have liked to have had a better start to his PSG career. Douchez had a good game though; making a great save from a Lorient freekick and throughout the night kept Lorient at bay but was unable to stop ex Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker Jérémie Aliadiere from scoring the second just before half-time. Aliadiere drifted in from the left wing and dribbled through four PSG players without much pressure on him and then when one-on-one with the ‘keeper put it into the right hand side with Douchez going left.

In the second half PSG and Ibrahimovic came out with more purpose and the Swede was even dominant in the air than in the first half. Ibrahimovic opened his goal scoring account for PSG with strong but also scrappy goal. He rose above his defender and showed his strength and technique to chest the ball down and then on the half volley just made enough contact to score past Lorient’s ‘keeper Fabien Audard. It was still a nice finish, one that not everyone would score, but not as sweet as I am sure he would have wanted. Like in the first half Ibrahimovic had a chance to score with a header, but unlike his chance in the first half this one was not troubling the ‘keeper. In the end it was a penalty in the 89th minute that Ibrahimovic converted that gave PSG the draw. It was a fair result as the game was one of two halves, sorry but it was cliché or no cliché, but with Ibrahimovic already showing his dominance up front, it is fair to say that not only will the team gel and become much more formidable but also he will more than likely finish Ligue 1’s top goal scorer with 30 plus goals. 

 

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