PSG handles Nice to close in on title

Updated: April 21, 2013


PSG moved a bit closer to clinching its first
Ligue 1 title in 19 years as the club secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Nice
at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

The result moves PSG nine points clear of second-place Marseille with five
matches left, while Nice moves no closer to clinching a place in Europe for
next season.

PSG got off to a quick start and went in front after 10 minutes through Jeremy
Menez, who was left with a simple finish after a flick from Javier Pastore.

Nice goalkeeper David Ospina kept his team within a goal at halftime, but he
was sent off in the 65th minute for bringing down PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi
inside the penalty area.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped to the spot and fired home his league-leading 27th
goal of the campaign, with Clement Chantome scoring an insurance tally a few
minutes from the final whistle.

Lille moved into fourth place after a 2-1 comeback win at Bastia that saw the
visitors score twice in the final five minutes.

Nancy moved out of the bottom three with a 3-1 win over Evian as Benjamin
Moukandjo scored two goals, Gregory Pujol’s goal in the 57th minute was the
difference as Valenciennes topped Reims, 1-0, Bordeaux earned a 2-2 draw at
Sochaux after Cheick Diabate’s 78th-minute equalizer, while Lorient notched a
1-0 road win against Toulouse after Jeremie Aliadiere’s 77th-minute goal.