French champions Paris Saint-Germain spectacularly bounced back from a disappointing draw at Evian Thonon Gaillard last week by comprehensively dismantling a weary AS Saint-Etienne side 5-0 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
UEFA Europa League duty had taken a lot out of Christophe Galtier’s men—not to mention deprived them of one or two key players—and two games in the space of three days proved too much. But that should not take anything away from les Parisiens, who were excellent, particularly in the second half.
Talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from a minor injury to plunder three goals, while strike partner Edinson Cavani scored with a sublime finish and ASSE goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier posted his contender for gaffe of the season, putting through his own net in comic fashion.
That emphatic victory sees PSG rise to second in the early season Ligue 1 table, with Ibrahimovic shooting to the top of le Championnat’s goalscoring charts.
Coach Laurent Blanc was delighted with the way that his players bounced back from that insipid goalless draw with Evian last week. Speaking to PSG.fr shortly after the match, he said:
It was a very good result, it shows in the standings. The most important thing is to have played well in front of our supporters, with lots of chances to score. This week in training, we could feel the side getting stronger.
I'm very happy with the way the team played tonight. We always see the attacking side, but I'm also very pleased with the defensive side, because we were very solid and in the big matches, that is often the difference.
Here are some winners and losers from PSG’s 5-0 rout.