Zlatan answers ‘big nose’ jibe with two goals

Zlatan answers 'big nose' jibe with two goals
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose nose was mocked by Marseille's Joey Barton on Wednesday night, responded with two goals as Paris Saint Germain thumped their southern French opponents 2-0.

Englishman and Marseille player Joey Barton caught the attention of football fans and international media on Wednesday night when he was filmed making gestures mocking the size of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s nose.

Barton could be clearly seen showing his eloquent anatomical opinions about Ibrahimovic’s features, using one hand to indicate just how far he considered the Swede’s snout actually extended from his face.

Zlatan, however, had the last laugh, netting the only two goals of the game.

The first came eleven minutes before half time and the second came from the penalty spot after the Swede was brought down inside the area just past the hour mark.

The win marked PSG’s second against their great rivals in four days and was achieved by the same scoreline.

However, unlike Sunday’s league clash, there could be no question as to which was the superior side as PSG dominated from start to finish at the Parc des Princes.

The win keeps alive PSG’s chances of winning an unprecedented domestic league and cup double, but the game was of much greater interest globally thanks to the presence of veteran Englishman Beckham.

“Beckham played well, as he usually does,” said Carlo Ancelotti.

“It was a better match from us than Sunday. Marseille played with a different strategy and that made it easier for us to boss possession.

“We were more aggressive and controlled the game well.”

After his 15-minute cameo off the bench in Sunday’s Classique, former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Beckham was introduced to the starting line-up as PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti made a total of eight changes to his team in a bid to maintain freshness.

Beckham was given a standing ovation as he left the field before the end of the match.

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