It wasn't a classic, but Paris Saint-Germain eventually overcame Bastia 3-1 Friday despite a late scare at the Parc des Princes. Goals from Jeremy Menez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi saw the capital club home, but Wahbi Khazri's sumptuous late strike had them sweating.
Although the big names are there on the score sheet for the hosts, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Blaise Matuidi were saved until after the hour mark by coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was keeping one eye on Tuesday's Champions League clash with Valencia.
It was a determined showing by PSG's Corsican visitors, and for the best of the match they had their illustrious opponents struggling.
The result, whilst convincing in score, was not thoroughly convincing in performance, and without their main stars PSG remain frustrating to watch at times. The result, though, moves Ancelotti's side six points clear of second-placed Lyon ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with Lille, giving the side some breathing space.