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Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon to maintain firm control of Ligue 1

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Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain maintained their impressive domestic form with a 5-1 thrashing of Lyon at Parc des Princes.

Laurent Blanc's men, who are in Monday's draw for the last 16 of the Champions League as one of the second seeds, never looked in danger of relinquishing their grip on Ligue 1 as they swept into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes through Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Serge Aurier.

Although Jordan Ferri pulled a goal back with a 25-yard effort which caught out PSG keeper Kevin Trapp, the Parisiens stepped things up again in the second half.

Edinson Cavani hooked in a third before Ibrahimovic added a penalty, with a breakaway goal in stoppage time from substitute Lucas Moura sealing a 15th Ligue 1 victory, which is likely to cast more doubt on the future of Lyon boss Hubert Fournier.

The warning signs were there for Lyon inside the opening minutes, when Ibrahimovic collected a high ball into the penalty area from Angel Di Maria, but could only scuff his shot straight at the goalkeeper.

PSG swept into the lead in the 11th minute. Defender Thiago Silva knocked a long ball up field, which Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa headed down straight into the path of Ibrahimovic. The Swede needed no second invitation, as he lashed the loose ball past Anthony Lopes for his sixth goal in as many appearances.

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PSG players congratulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he scored his second goal in a 5-1 win over Lyon.

Lyon were in danger of being overrun, and with Alexandre Lacazette out after suffering a hamstring injury in the midweek Champions League win over Valencia, had Claudio Beauvue deployed as the lone frontman.

It was soon 2-0. Ferri fouled Maxwell out on the left flank in the 17th minute. Di Maria whipped the free-kick across the six-yard box, where full-back Aurier arrived to send a bullet header into the net.

With PSG seemingly in complete control, Lyon conjured a goal out of nothing on 24 minutes.

There was little danger as Ferri shaped for a speculative effort some 25 yards out. However, his shot took a slight deflection up off Thiago, which saw the ball loop towards Trapp. The German goalkeeper, again preferred to Salvatore Sirigu, tried to palm the ball up, but only managed to push it over his head and back into an empty net.

PSG defender David Luiz, already on a yellow card, was then perhaps fortunate to get away with a pull back on Beauvue, as referee Ruddy Buquet instead opted for a stern final warning to the Brazilian.

The home side close to further extending their advantage at the start of the second half, when a long pass from Luiz opened up the Lyon defence and Di Maria got in on the right, before his drilled shot was palmed away by Lopes.

On 62 minutes, it was 3-0. The ball was worked out to Di Maria on the left, and the Argentina midfielder sent it back through the six-yard box, where Cavani hooked it off his shin into the far corner for the Uruguayan's 10th league goal.

After Lopes beat away Luiz's goal-bound free-kick, Ibrahimovic made it 4-1 from the penalty spot on 77 minutes after the Sweden striker had been tripped by Henri Bedimo following a clever turn into the right side of the box.

In stoppage time, PSG broke quickly from a Lyon corner down the left through Di Maria, with the ball worked across to Moura, who dashed into the penalty area before slamming the ball into the roof of the net to complete the rout.

Blanc's side are now unbeaten in 27 consecutive French top flight matches -- and have a whopping 17 points lead at the top after second-placed Angers could only draw 1-1 at home to Bordeaux.

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