Paris Saint-Germain picked up the first of what they hope will be a number of trophies this season with a 2-0 win over Guingamp in the Trophee des Champions on Saturday.
The curtain raiser to the French season took place in the Workers Stadium in Beijing, and it was league champions PSG who emerged victorious—with Zlatan Ibrahimovic helping himself to a brace.
PSG made a bright start and some slick interplay crafted a chance for Javier Pastore, but Guingamp 'keeper Mamadou Samassa was quick off his line to deny the forward.
Ibrahimovic tested the waters with a free kick from long range that drifted wide, while a swerving effort from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck flew just over.
PSG’s attacking intent was rewarded in the ninth minute, when Ibrahimovic gave them the lead. Guingamp made the mistake of giving the Swede space on the edge of the box, and he made them pay with a superb curling effort into the corner.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his first ever goal in the French Super Cup and has now scored in all possible four French competitions.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) August 2, 2014
Ibrahimovic just scored this amazing goal to give PSG the lead. Amazing is a word you commonly use with his goals. https://t.co/fHKvjEkLLE— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) August 2, 2014
Guingamp's task was made even more difficult on 20 minutes, as Ibrahimovic slotted home from the spot after Bahebeck had been felled in the box.
Ibrahimovic not messing around since Cavani rejoined squad in Asia. 5 goals in 2 games. Insatiable stuff. Bodes well ahead of this season.— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 2, 2014
Bahebeck continued to cause problems for Guingamp, going on a brilliant jinking run that created a shooting chance, which forced Samassa into making a diving save.
The penalty count was evened up on 32 minutes after Marquinhos was penalised for a foul in the box, but Salvatore Sirigu rode to PSG’s aid with a diving save to deny Mustapha Yatabare.
Guingamp kept probing following the setback of missing a penalty, and a defensive mistake from PSG on the hour mark presented a chance to Yatabare, who flashed his shot a foot over the bar.
PSG introduced Edinson Cavani shortly after the hour mark, and he had a big chance to get his name on the scoresheet, but blazed his effort over the top.
Cavani was not made to regret missing his chance, as PSG comfortably held on to scoop the first piece of silverware of the French campaign.
After the match, per AFP, PSG coach Laurent Blanc said: "We came here (to Beijing) because of the Champions Trophy and therefore to win it.
"It's something very positive. The other positive is that we continued our preparation, our hard work and we didn't reduce our training programme due to today's match."