Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Angel Di Maria score in PSG's win over Guingamp
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria scored their first league goals this season as Paris Saint-Germain provisionally moved four points clear at the top of the French league with a 3-0 win over Guingamp on Tuesday.
After Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore put the hosts ahead with a neat finish in the 18th minute, Di Maria opened his account in the 76th as he took advantage of a mistake from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to score from the rebound. Di Maria, who joined from Manchester United this summer, found the net from close range after Lossl failed to clear Ibrahimovic's powerful shot.
Ibrahimovic, who had been criticized for his lack of impact in PSG's previous matches, redoubled his efforts throughout the evening at the Parc des Princes and was rewarded with a goal seven minutes from time—his 107th with PSG—from Di Maria's assist.
Ibrahimovic missed the chance to add more luster to the win when Lossl dived to stop his penalty after Younousse Sankhare was booked for a foul on Edinson Cavani in the box in the 87th minute.
After two consecutive draws that allowed PSG's rivals to reduce the gap with the defending champions, Laurent Blanc's team moved clead of second-place Rennes and Saint-Etienne.
Rennes travels to Ajaccio on Wednesday while Saint-Etienne plays at Troyes.
Earlier, Reims extended its unbeaten run in the league to four matches with a dour 0-0 draw at Angers. Both teams have 12 points from seven matches, with fourth-place Reims standing one spot above Angers on goal difference.
After an insipid first half, Angers created the best chances in the final 20 minutes but Reims keeper Johny Placide made two decisive saves.
Jordan Siebtacheu almost grabbed the three points for the visitors against the run of the play in additional time with a left-foot shot at the near post that goalie Ludovic Butelle kept out with his foot.