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Ibrahimovic scores two in PSG league opener

Ibrahimovic scores two in PSG league opener

Published: 12 Aug 2012 08:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Aug 2012 08:42 GMT+02:00

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to save Paris Saint Germain's blushes and secure a point in the big-spending club's French league opener on Saturday.

Paris Saint Germain thanked a double from their new record signing - including a last-gasp penalty - as they could only draw 2-2 at the Parc des Princes against lowly Lorient.

Much is expected from PSG after they invested more than €100 million - including 20 million in former AC Milan favourite Ibrahimovic - in a bid to use a seemingly bottomless pit of cash provided by their Qatari investors to propel themselves to a first league title in 19 years.

But it was fortunate the Swedish striker came up trumps in the second half after an early Maxwell own goal and a Jeremy Aladiere effort on the stroke of half-time had put Lorient, who only just avoided the drop last term, into a 2-0 lead at the break.

Thereafter, Carlo Ancelotti's hosts rallied and Ibrahimovic quickly found his shooting boots - his first effort involved an exquisite chest trap to reduce the arrears - to save a point.

PSG thus followed the nervy example of reigning champions Montpellier, who fluffed their own opening day lines as they were only able to manage a 1-1 draw at home to nine-man Toulouse.

Rene Girard's hosts lifted their first ever league title in May but then lost their league top scorer Olivier Giroud to Arsenal pre-season and the result was a relative lack of sharpness which saw them pay the price of two dropped points.

Nigerian striker John Utaka sent Souleymane Camara clear for the hosts in the 34th minute and he clipped home - but instead of capitalising Montpellier found themselves pegged back 18 minutes from time when Wissam Ben Yedder headed home from a cross by Serge Aurier.

Toulouse were left hanging on grimly after they had Adrien Regattin and Serge Aurier sent off late on.

Montpellier had themselves played for almost an hour a man short after Tunisian star Jamel Saihi was red-carded for a foul on Francois Sirieix six minutes before the break.

"It's a point - a bit of a shame to finish with ten men," said a pensive Girard.

"It's a rather timid return (to league action)."

Elsewhere, Yoann Gourcuff was on target as Lyon won 1-0 at Rennes while Bordeaux also won on their travels - 3-2 at modest Evian.

And 2011 champions Lille won 2-1 at former giants Saint Etienne courtesy of goals from Aurelien Chedjou and Benoit Pedretti.

On Sunday, 1950s giants Reims, back in the top flight after 33 years, host Marseille.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:45 August 12, 2012 by byke
Again, how is this "local" news?

And what has it got to do with Sweden?

I especially love the part where the writer had to include all the financial dealings in a way to justify the self worth and association to sweden. (Very Sad)

Again, I really wonder who edits this tripe and chooses such stories to be published.

Obviously, reporting on any smaller "local" news is not interesting - even though its called "The Local".

And based on the failures of the local in other countries, I really hope the news section of this propaganda site follows suit.
09:55 August 12, 2012 by playmobil
Isn t Zlatan some kind of running after the ball hero in Sweden? This said iam genuinely curious about the propaganda you are stating.. are you thinking far right or?
10:10 August 12, 2012 by grymagnusson
I see the misanthropes have made an early start
11:30 August 12, 2012 by byke
The use of large words in attempt to undermine or discredit those who question, put such in the same league as that in which is being criticized.
16:40 August 12, 2012 by grymagnusson
if the cap fits
16:55 August 12, 2012 by byke
@grymagnusson

Best reply so far.

Not because of your witty attempt to respond, but your failings at comprehension.

Thanks for the chuckles ....

You made my day.
20:55 August 12, 2012 by playmobil
you are probably too clever... but still you didnt answer about what you mean with propaganda.. its a real question, literally.
08:18 August 13, 2012 by otwa
byke is right, we do not care if Zlatan scored or not.
00:55 August 14, 2012 by alecLoTh
What myopic responses. Here is someone who has immigrant background, risen to the pinnacle of what it means to 'make it', not only in Sweden, but in the world. Yet some here would rather not have the inspiration be brought to others who may be facing the exact circumstances Zlatan himself faced.

Misery likes company, that is true. There are others here who don't want to keep the company you seek, so stop making choices of who or from where we draw inspiration.
09:08 August 28, 2012 by sports_fan_123
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