Ligue 1

Ibra hat-trick extends summit lead

Toulouse's Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (R) vies for the ball with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic took his tally to 37 goals in another remarkable season, scoring a hat trick as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at Toulouse to maintain its five-point lead over Monaco.

Ibrahimovic, who also helped set up the other goal for Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi, has 22 league goals and is closing in on his career-best total of 30 from last season. At this pace, he is on course to get 50 goals in all competitions.

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova promised to attack and was true to his word, with lively striker Wissam Ben Yedder scoring twice to set up a nervous finish before Ibrahimovic converted his second penalty of the match in the last minute.

Later Sunday, it's Lille vs. Lyon and Nantes vs. Rennes.

PSG took the lead in the 33rd minute when Serbian defender Uros Spajic brought down Lavezzi, and Ibrahimovic drilled his spot kick down the middle with goalkeeper Zacharie Boucher guessing wrong as he dived to his right.

PSG should have scored again in the 43rd when Ibrahimovic crossed from the left and center back Thiago Silva failed to hit the target as he lunged in at the far post.

A minute later, Toulouse punished PSG for that miss when Ben Yedder volleyed in a cross from midfielder Etienne Didot.

But PSG regained the lead in the 56th when Ibrahimovic again crossed from the left, midfielder Blaise Matuidi let the ball run and Lavezzi finished with a first-time shot.

Ibrahimovic seemed to have put the result beyond doubt in the 70th, heading in substitute Yohan Cabaye's free kick after the impressive Lavezzi had been fouled, but sloppy play let Toulouse back into the game three minutes later.

After PSG midfielder Thiago Motta went to challenge forward Martin Braithwate, the ball bounced into the penalty area and Ben Yedder beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with a calm finish.

Not to be outdone, Ibrahimovic went close with another header from Cabaye's free kick - which Boucher kept out - and then scored another penalty after Issiaga Sylla had handled his free kick.

Ibrahimovic was lucky, however, as he tried to dink it over Boucher. The goalkeeper saved the shot, only for the rebound to fall kindly into the Sweden forward's path.

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