Ibrahimovic Rescues PSG with Brace in Ligue 1 Debut

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2012

Ibra opened his Ligue 1 career with a brace.
Ibra opened his Ligue 1 career with a brace.Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Lorient showed no fear when they stepped onto the pitch in Paris today—and nearly pulled off a stunning opening to the Ligue 1 season.

Unfortunately for Lorient, PSG woke up the second half to erase a 2-0 deficit and save face in front of their home crowd.

It was a lack luster start for Ancelotti's men as Lorient sat back and looked to counter against PSG.

PSG's slow start was compounded by bad luck as Lorient took the lead after four minutes courtesy of a Maxwell own goal.

The rest of the first half was played to Lorient's liking as they worked hard to keep PSG's high priced attack in check.

Former Auxerre star Alain Traore almost doubled their lead forcing PSG's Douchez into a fine save.

Just before the break, Lorient struck again on the counter as former Arsenal starlet Jeremie Aliadiere slotted home during stoppage time of the first half.

PSG, looking more focused, began the second half brighter—Lavezzi forced a good stop from Fabien Audard, and Ibrahimovic rattled the woodwork less then 15 minutes into the half. 

It was only a matter of time for PSG and in the 64th minute, Ibrahimovic opened his Ligue 1 account with a goal that showcased both his tremendous technique and strength in front of goal.

Lorient fought to stave off a PSG leveller—and nearly succeeded—but in stoppage time, PSG sub Blaise Matuidi was brought down in the box.

Ibrahimovic stepped up to the spot and calmly finished giving PSG a share of the spoils.

Lorient gave PSG a major opening day scare and Les Parisiens will need to perform more like they did in the second half when they take on Ajaccio next week.

PSG can expect a Lorient type performance every week in Ligue 1, as everyone will bring their A game against the Paris giants.