Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped AS Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Girondins de Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season end on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against SC Bastia.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his injury return, scored a hat-trick and strike partner Edinson Cavani also netted as the big-spending Parisians ran riot in the capital to move up to second.
“It’s normal when you add a very good player that you play better,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “We are therefore better with him, his presence is important.”
However, they were given a huge helping hand by Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, who failed to control a back pass on 24 minutes, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to the steer it on to his right foot, but instead pushed it over the line.
Ibrahimovic, making his return from injury, notched his first four minutes before the break with a firm header from Maxwell’s left-wing cross.
He doubled his tally as he ran on to a wayward back pass on 62 minutes before rounding Ruffier and slotting into the empty net.
A minute later, Cavani lashed in an unstoppable drive from distance that left Ruffier rooted to his line.
Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes after beating a static offside trap and slotting the ball past Ruffier at his near post.
Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galthier paid tribute to the Swedish star.
“Our opponents were superior in every department, showed great determination and had their leader back,” he said. “I had said I’d like to see Ibra, but I didn’t want to see him score.”
Earlier, Bordeaux, trailing 1-0 to a first-half strike from Ivorian forward Junior Tallo, were let off the hook when Floyd Ayite’s net-bound strike with quarter of an hour remaining was deflected onto the bar by the hand of home defender Nicolas Pallois.
No penalty was given and instead Bordeaux drew level in the 79th minute thanks to Diego Rolan’s third goal of the season.
The result left Bordeaux two points clear of PSG and LOSC Lille Metropole.
Bastia, who were wearing white Bordeaux training tops after bringing the wrong kit to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Tallo fired home from 8m after Ayite’s miscued header fell into his path.
Bastia coach Claude Makelele could only look on as Mariano’s ball into the box was chested down and then fired home on the turn by Uruguayan forward Rolan.
Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonaiss’ poor start to the season continued as they threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at promoted Metz.
France striker Alexandre Lacazette tapped in to give Lyon the lead midway through the second half at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, only for Yeni Ngbakoto to equalize with a penalty in the 82nd minute after Jordan Ferri was adjudged to have fouled Bouna Sarr.
Metz then clinched their first win since returning to Ligue 1 with three minutes remaining, when Venezuelan striker Juan Falcon swooped to head home from Kevin Lejeune’s cross.