Marseille 2 – 4 PSG: Ibra delivers treble on farewell game

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal  during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

All focus heading to the French Cup final on Saturday 21 May at the Stade de France was on Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swede led his Paris Saint Germain side against Olympique Marseille on his final match of the season, one which he delivered two goals and an assist as his team added the title to two others won earlier.

PSG headed to the game having wrapped up the league title and League Cup and made easy work of Marseille as the Parisians strolled to a 4 – 2 win over a team that has been a pale shadow of the previous years all season.

It was however not all easy for PSG from the start, it was Marseille who almost caused a shock from the kick-off, as Abdelaziz Barrada let fly with a 25-yard effort that whistled wide.

The threat lasted just a short while as two minutes in, PSG took the lead after Angel di Maria, in space on the right, curled in a delicious low cross with the outside of the left boot, and Blaise Mautidi stole in at the near post to give the favourites the lead, scoring his fifth goal of the season.

However, parity was restored ten minutes later as Florian Thauvin turned on the edge of the penalty area and slotted in an equaliser past a wrongfooted Salvatore Sirigu.

Thauvin, on loan from the relegated Newcastle United, almost cost his team just before the break as he handled the ball in a crowded box and had only the referee to thank for failing to spot it

Marseille were not too lucky at the start of the second half, having conceded in the second minute of the first half, they fell early again. Blaise Matuidi was tripped by Nicolas Nkoulou inside the area and referee Clement Turpin points for the penalty, and Zlatan stepped up to send Steve Mandanda the wrong way for his 49th goal of the season for PSG.

Steven Fletcher had a clear chance to equalise for Marseille almost straight away after Florian Thauvin got past Maxwell down the right and played a low ball for the Scotland forward, but he hit wide from 12 yards.

Marseille would live to rue that miss as on the 56th minute Zlatan picked out Edinson Cavani with a slide rule pass and the Uruguayan made no mistake, banging in his 24th goal of the season

Zlatan got his brace later on the 82nd minute as he weaved past a high defence line set up by Marseille to slot coolly past Steve Mandanda and though Mitchy Batshuayi scored with three minutes to go, the damage had already been done.  

When Zlatan was withdrawn on the 90th minute for defender Layvin Kurwaza, the Swede’s job in Paris was done and he got his thoroughly deserved ovation.