Football: Ibrahimovic off injured in Paris Saint-Germain victory.

The Swede appeared to strain a muscle

in his side in innocuous fashion early on, and lasted barely 15 minutes

before making way for Ezequiel Lavezzi. ( Syndigate.info ).

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain overcame the early loss of the injured

Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they eased to a 2-0 victory against SC Bastia at

the Parc des Princes on Saturday. On Friday, Lille warmed up

for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Portuguese

giants FC Porto by beating promoted Caen 1-0 courtesy of a second-half

penalty from Belgian international forward Divock Origi. . The reigning

champions then struck again in the 57th minute when Uruguay star Cavani

brilliantly controlled a quickly-taken Marco Verratti free-kick inside

the area before acrobatically volleying past Bastia’s on-loan PSG

goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and into the net. Blanc also took Gregory Van der Wiel off at half-time, the Dutch

right-back reportedly struggling with a calf knock and making way for

Serge Aurier, who made his home debut after signing on loan from

Toulouse.

Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. Makelele’s men had recovered from 3-1

down to draw 3-3 at home to Marseille last weekend, but they rarely

looked like doing anything similar on this occasion as PSG’s

expensive summer signing David Luiz was afforded a gentle stroll in the

late afternoon sunshine for his Ligue 1 debut. All rights reserved.

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Media Inc. The Brazilian — signed

from Chelsea for a reported 50 million euros (Au39.9m, $67.1m) — might

not have started this match had his compatriot and captain Thiago Silva

not been ruled out for several weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in

Monday’s friendly win against Napoli, and home coach Laurent Blanc

could have done without losing his stand-in skipper Ibrahimovic as a

result. Bastia had never beaten PSG away from home in the top

flight but they were optimistic of springing a surprise thanks to the

influence of their new coach Claude Makelele, the former Paris captain

who gave up his role as assistant coach at the Parc des Princes to take

over in Corsica this summer. Before that, Van der Wiel had been the creator of the

game’s opening goal, his cross from the right being met first-time

on the volley by the unmarked Lucas at the back post. However, in his absence, Lucas

opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Edinson Cavani doubled their

advantage just before the hour mark to score his first of the campaign

and give PSG their first victory in Ligue 1 after last weekend’s

2-2 draw at Reims

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