Zlatan Ibrahimovic Dominates Brest with Clinical First-Half Hat Trick

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It may take little old Brest a while to get over the violation they experienced at the hands of Paris St-Germain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, as the Swedish iconoclast put the French club to the sword with a first-half hat trick.

The Coupe de France draw presented the Ligue 2 side with the high-profile but daunting task of hosting PSG's global stars, a task they understandably struggled with as Ibrahimovic powered his team into a 4-1 first-half lead.

His first was perhaps the pick of the bunch—the Swede passing the ball out wide before turning home the subsequent low cross with an exquisite first-time drive with the outside of the boot—but the third was similarly clever, flicking a nonchalant shot over the onrushing goalkeeper.

In between those two finishes, there was a tap-in from a free-kick after the Brest defence seemed to forget they were there to mark these world-famous players, not stand there staring at them.

Prior to that strike, PSG had moved two goals in front thanks to Thiago Motta before the home side were given something to celebrate—as Benoit Lesoimier briefly halved the deficit shortly after the half-hour mark.

Nevertheless, it was Ibrahimovic who was the centre of attention (yet again). PSG eventually won the game 5-2.

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