Themorningbellbd.com desk, May 22: Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed off his record-breaking spell at Paris Saint-Germain with two goals and an assist in a 4-2 Coupe de France final victory over Marseille.
The Sweden international scored his 155th and 156th goals in his 180th match for the club, securing a second successive domestic treble and in doing so PSG equalled Marseille’s all-time record of 10 Coupe de France titles.
It took for Ibrahimovic to be gifted his first from a 46th-minute penalty to spark the enigmatic 34-year-old into life after an anonymous opening first half in which his only contribution saw a far-post volley diverted away from goal apparently by the arm of Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, who had briefly put his side back on level terms after Blaise Matuidi’s opener.
In fact, it seemed midfielder Matuidi was destined to upstage the main protagonist after giving PSG a second-minute lead, converting Angel Di Maria’s brilliant outside-of-the-left-foot cross from the right and then winning the penalty just 24 seconds after the interval.
But PSG’s mercurial front man, who upon announcing his PSG exit declared “I came like a king, left like a legend”, was not prepared to allow anyone to steal his limelight.
After scoring the penalty, the Swede suddenly he discovered an extra yard of pace and a willingness to drop deep to pick up the ball and, with the Marseille defence leaving a gaping hole, he threaded a 57th-minute pass into the inside-right channel for Cavani to make it 3-1.
Matuidi then teed up one more for Ibrahmovic in the 82nd minute to sign off his PSG career in exactly the manner the Swede would have envisaged with Michy Batshuayi’s goal three minutes from time little consolation for Marseille.
Source: Sky Sports