- Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2015

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Bastia in the French league on Saturday to keep its confidence high ahead of its Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

PSG didn’t have a shot on target in the first half but Ibrahimovic, who had an earlier goal rightly disallowed for offside, struck in the 72nd and 83rd minutes as the visitors avenged last year’s 4-2 defeat in Corsica.

“It’s a good result, we won a tricky match,” Ibrahimovic said. “We all remembered the poor match last season here, but today we got the three points and we continue to head straight on our road to win titles.

“Wednesday’s match against Real will be completely different, we will be playing at home against one of the best teams in the world, it will be nice to play. Now we can focus on that, and we are ready.”

League leader PSG remained five points ahead of Angers after the newly-promoted side came from behind to win 2-1 at Toulouse. Caen was also on 21 points after beating Reims 1-0.



Saint-Etienne was two points further back after bouncing back from a poor run to beat bottom club Ajaccio 2-0, while Guingamp drew 1-1 against Lille and Nantes defeated struggling Troyes 3-0.

PSG was without five regular starters through injury and suspension, while Thiago Motta spent the first hour on the bench.

Ibrahimovic also appeared to be offside for the opening goal when Javier Pastore found Edinson Cavani on the right and he crossed in for the Swede to tap home.

Ibrahimovic scored his sixth goal in four matches when he fired Serge Aurier’s cut-back into the left side of the net to finish off a well-worked team move.

Angers was looking to cut the gap back to five points when it kicked off later that evening but it conceded the opening goal for the first time in its impressive season as Oscar Trejo headed in Wissam Ben Yedder’s cross in the 24th minute.

Angers captain Dame N’Doye leveled almost immediately with a towering header from Vincent Manceau’s cross and Abdoul Camara scored what was to prove the winner seven minutes later with a low shot after beating two players.

Caen remained level with Angers thanks to captain Julien Feret, who beat the offside trap to race down the right flank and score the only goal of the game 16 minutes from time.

Saint-Etienne had used the international break to regroup after three defeats in a row, including a hefty 4-1 home defeat to Nice and a 3-2 loss at Lazio in the Europa League.

Ajaccio hadn’t won a match all season but had drawn two of its previous three games in its first season in the top flight.

Robert Beric bundled in the opener in the 20th minute following a corner, and Kevin Monnet-Paquet doubled Saint-Etienne’s lead in the 70th following a delightful one-two with Valentin Eysseri.

In Guingamp, Lille led for just three minutes before Jimmy Briand cancelled out Sofiane Boufal’s magnificent opener.

Lille defender Stoppila Sunzu was sent off a minute from time following a second yellow card.

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