Paris Saint-Germain restored their five-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to an eventual 4-2 win over a determined Toulouse side at the Stade Municipal on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will grab the headlines with a hat trick that moves him to 22 goals for the season, but in truth, PSG were fortunate to win by such a comfortable score line. Ezequiel Lavezzi netted the other goal for Laurent Blanc’s side, while Wissam Ben Yedder bagged a double for the hosts.
However, the champions can feel lucky that they did not finish the match with 10 men after Thiago Motta inexplicably avoided a red card and Toulouse missed some important chances. None were clearer than Martin Braithwaite’s morale-busting miss from literally underneath Salvatore Sirigu’s crossbar.
4 - Paris SG have scored four goals in an away game in Ligue 1 for the first time since February 2013 against Toulouse, (4-0). Ritual.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 23, 2014
Blanc was relieved that his side reestablished their five-point lead at the top of Le Championnat, as he revealed shortly after the final whistle.
"Playing so soon after the Champions League was not conducive to good football," he said. "My players were effective though, scoring four goals despite not having many chances."
"Scoring goals is the hardest thing in football. We have scored eight in two games, but we should remember that we allowed Toulouse to score twice in this game. That could have cost us dearly."
Le President will also have been slightly concerned at how fatigued his players looked with Olympique de Marseille looming on the horizon, perhaps explaining the two-day rest he is now giving the team.
Here are six things we learned from PSG’s 4-2 win over Toulouse.