A day after celebrating his 34th birthday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic became Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer as he netted twice in a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Marseille in the Ligue 1 clash on Sunday.
With 110 goals for PSG in all competitions, Ibrahimovic surpassed Pedro Pauleta’s record of 109 goals that the former Portugal forward amassed in 211 games between 2003-2008.
Ibrahimovic, who joined PSG in 2012, scored both his goals from the penalty spot to reach the milestone in just 137 games. He received a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 70th minute.
The win lifted unbeaten PSG five points clear of second-place Angers, with struggling Marseille already lagging 15 points behind after just nine games this season.
Seeking a first win at the Parc des Princes in more than five years, Marseille applied early pressure to keep the hosts pinned in their half. PSG struggled to follow the fast pace imposed by Michel’s players and Romain Alessandrini came close of giving the visitors an early lead after six minutes with a shot at goal that Brazilian defender Maxwell blocked with a last-minute tackle.
PSG began to press and created a couple of chances through Angel Di Maria and Ibrahimovic but Michy Batshuayi silenced the home fans in the 30th minute when he beat David Luiz at the far post to head in the opener after connecting with a lofted cross from Abdelaziz Barrada for his sixth league goal this term.
Trailing for the first time at his home ground this season, PSG did not panic and continued to press without efficiency until a bad clearance from Batshuayi forced Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda to a clumsy foul on Ibrahimovic in the area. The Sweden international coolly converted from the spot.
PSG was awarded another penalty three minutes later when Rolando handled Ibrahimovic’s header in the box. Ibrahimovic fired the ball into the net but referee Benoit Bastien asked him to retake it for player encroachment.
The former Inter Milan forward made no mistake on his second attempt, sending Mandanda the wrong way.
PSG dominated the second half, with clear chances from substitute Javier Pastore and Serge Aurier, who also missed the target from close range and brought down Barrada in the box with a clumsy tackle in the 54th minute. The midfielder took the penalty but PSG keeper Kevin Trapp dived the right way and made the save.