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brace earned him a season-best 32
goals in the French league as Paris
Saint-Germain took out its Cham-
pions League frustration on Caen
Four days after losing at Man-
chester City 1-0 to exit the Cham-
pions League quarterfinals, PSG
thrashed Caen 6-0 to seal a 27th
win in 34 rounds.
Ibrahimovic, the league top-scorer,
slotted home with a low shot past
goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre early on
and added another in the second
half. He's the first player to score
more than 30 in a season in France's
top division since Carlos Bianchi
scored 37 in 1977-78.
Blaise Matuidi, Edinson Cavani,
Angel Di Maria, and Maxwell scored
PSG's other goals.
Ibrahimovic, who missed a first-
leg penalty against City and failed
to make an impact in the return leg,
was singled out for PSG's Champi-
ons League defeat.
His good showing against Caen
- a team that managed only four
points from its last six games - is
likely to give more arguments to his
detractors, who claim he scores when
the pressure is off and struggles
against big teams.
PSG, which sealed a fourth straight
league title with a record eight games
to spare last month, can still replicate
the domestic treble it achieved last
PSG plays in the League Cup final
against Lille on April 23, and travels
to Lorient next week in the French
"We lifted our heads out of the
water," PSG coach Laurent Blanc
said. "But this win did not wipe any-
thing away, it won't allow us to play
in the Champions League semifinal.
But it's important for the rest of the
After being criticised for his deci-
sion to play an untried 3-5-2 for-
mation at Manchester City, manager
Laurent Blanc was booed by PSG
fans at the Parc des Princes when
his name was announced by the sta-
Blanc switched back to a more
conventional 4-3-3 and made defen-
sive changes, giving reserve keeper
Salvatore Sirigu a start in place of
Kevin Trapp behind a four-back line
of Gregory Van der Wiel, Presnel
Kimpembe, Marquinhos, and Layvin
remained in the battle for the Cham-
pions League spots with a 1-0 win
at Bastia, reducing the gap with sec-
ond-place Lyon to two points.
Promoted Angers won at Bordeaux
3-1, Lorient and Toulouse drew 1-
1, struggling Ajaccio lost at home
against Lille 4-2, and Troyes, which
has already been demoted, handed
Reims a 2-1 loss. (AP)
PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with teammate Layvin Kurzawa after scoring his side's fifth goal during their
French League One match against Caen at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, yesterday. AP PHOTO
dominated Schalke 3-0 and
increased its lead to 10 points as it
closed in on a record fourth straight
Bundesliga title yesterday.
Robert Lewandowski's pair raised
his league-high total to 27 goals, and
Arturo Vidal added Bayern's third.
Second-place Borussia Dortmund
can cut the gap back to seven points
against Hamburger SV today.
Earlier, substitute Kevin Kampl
scored with his first touch of the ball
as Bayer Leverkusen went on to beat
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 to jump to
Bayern never looked like losing at
home, but could not crack Schalke's
defense until Lewandowski chested
down a pass from Vidal, turned, and
shot from close range in the 54th
minute. He doubled the lead by rising
to head in a cross from Rafinha.
Vidal completed the victory after
some good work by substitute Franck
Ribery, who went in five minutes ear-
lier.Schalke fell to seventh on goal dif-
ference behind Mainz, which plays
Cologne on Sunday. Sixth place means
a berth in the Europa League next
Kampl's spectacular volley for Lev-
erkusen broke the deadlock, as Frank-
furt fell deeper into relegation trou-
ble.Combined with Hertha Berlin's 2-
1 loss at Hoffenheim, Leverkusen's
win allowed the club to move past
Berlin into third, which guarantees a
Champions League slot next season.
With four matches remaining, next-
to-last Frankfurt was six points from
safety and the biggest loser on the
day, as most other relegation candi-
Werder Bremen beat Wolfsburg 3-
2, Darmstadt defeated Ingolstadt 2-
0, and Augsburg edged Stuttgart 1-
0. Kampl, coming back from a long
injury, made an immediate impact
when he replaced Javier "Chicharito"
Hernandez, who limped off with a
left knee injury. Kampl was on the
field just seconds before picking up
a half-clearance from Frankfurt and
driving home a superb first-touch,
right-footed shot inside the post in
Kampl also helped to set up Lev-
erkusen's second through Julian
Brandt, and Karim Bellarabi added
the final strike as Leverkusen notched
its fifth straight win without conceding
a goal. Frankfurt had the better
chances until Kampl's opening goal,
but sorely missed injured top striker
Leverkusen moved two points above
Berlin, which was winless in three
Niklas Stark put Berlin ahead, but
goals from Fabian Schaer and Mark
Uth turned the match around.
In Bremen, Claudio Pizarro returned
from injury to convert a penalty and
become Bremen's top all-time scorer
with 102, one more than club chair-
man Marco Bode.
Fin Bartels and Sambou Yatabare
got the other goals for Bremen, while
Josuha Guilavogui and Bas Dost scored
for slumping Wolfsburg, which was
eliminated by Real Madrid this week
in the quarterfinals of the Champions
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, right, celebrates after scoring his side's
second goal during their German Bundesliga match against FC Schalke 04
at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Ibrahimovic record's best 32 goals
Bayern Munich goes ten points clear
MILAN---Any slim hope Napoli had of snatch-
ing the Serie A title evaporated as it lost 2-0
at Inter Milan, which boosted its chances of
qualifying for the Champions League yester-
Napoli remained second but league leader
Juventus can move nine points clear with a vic-
tory over relegation-threatened Palermo today.
Second spot was also at risk as Roma can
close the gap to three points with a win at Ata-
There are five rounds left.
Inter is provisionally three points behind Roma
and the final Champions League qualifying spot
after Mauro Icardi scored one and created another
for Marcelo Brozovic.
Icardi was substituted two minutes from time
and went off to a standing ovation.
Earlier, Carpi boosted its chances of escaping
relegation as it came back to beat 10-man Genoa
4-1 and move three points clear of 18th-place
It was the first time that Carpi, which is in
its first ever season in the Italian top flight,
scored more than two goals in a Serie A match.
Torino won at Bologna 1-0 thanks to a stop-
Napoli star striker Gonzalo Higuain was serv-
ing the second of a three-match suspension ---
reduced from four on appeal.
Without him, Napoli dominated possession
but struggled to create anything of note.
Inter got off to the perfect start with a fourth-
minute goal. Icardi brought down a long ball
over the top from Gary Medel with his right
foot and flicked it past Pepe Reina with his left.
Television replays appeared to show that Icardi
was marginally offside.
Napoli almost leveled on the half hour but
Samir Handanovic did well to parry Allan's fierce
shot from distance.
Inter threatened to double its lead and did so
moments from the interval as Icardi sprung the
offside trap again and flicked the ball across for
Brozovic to lift over the onrushing Reina. (AP)
Napoli loses 2-0 at Inter Milan to end faint title hopes
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