Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making the Champions League mark his prolific career has previously lacked.
With Paris Saint-Germain taking on Bayer Leverkusen in BayArena on Tuesday in Champions League play, Ibrahimovic has been helping his side put away this two-leg, round of 16 affair before it even hits the second leg.
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Just three minutes into the contest, Blaise Matuidi gave PSG a 1-0 lead. PSG were dominating possession and overwhelming the German side. That was especially impressive considering that Edinson Cavani was not available for coach Laurent Blanc.
The play was marred by some sloppiness in midfield, but PSG were earning better looks.
Still, the away side couldn't turn that into more than one score until Ibrahimovic struck a low ball in the net off a penalty. It was a solid and well-placed shot for the striker who had been making his impact felt all match with his aggressiveness.
Apparently that shot just warmed up the Swede. It was just three minutes later when Ibrahimovic blasted this beauty (courtesy of imgur):
Making this goal even more impressive is that it came with his off foot. Well, as 101GreatGoals avoids, I guess it's not fair to call it his off foot:
That ball is struck with so much power it seems to defy physics and pick up speed as it travels toward the goal.
At the time of writing, PSG have a 3-0 lead as the match nears its 70th minute.
This contest continues what has been an impressive Champions League for PSG's striker.
Ibrahimovic had eight goals in the group stage and he is off to a torrid start to the knockout stage. OptaJean brings us up to speed on his recent Champions League accomplishments:
10 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 10 goals in his last five Champions League games. Monster.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 18, 2014
During his time with Juventus, Milan, Internazionale and Barcelona, Ibrahimovic had failed to make much of a Champions League impact and has never played in a final.
Not that this outstanding performance is going to surprise his coach.
Prior to the match, Blanc offered up this assessment, via The Guardian, of his striker:
He's going to turn 33 this year, he's more mature and he has a lot of experience. He scores, he has always scored and he will continue to score until the end of his career. He will be our main asset because he's the one who scores the most in this team.
I think it's safe to call him PSG's main asset after this performance.