Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lorient 3-1 on Wednesday to set a new French league record of 33 league games unbeaten.
PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored again as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lorient 3-1 on Wednesday to set a new French league record of 33 league games unbeaten.
After creating the opening goal for strike partner Edinson Cavani early in the first half, Ibrahimovic grabbed his league-leading 20th of the season shortly after the break as PSG eclipsed the record set by Nantes 21 years ago.
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa added another goal midway through the second half to cap a fine night for PSG, which leads second-place Monaco by a mammoth 24 points after just 24 games and could clinch a fourth straight title as early as March.
"It was a difficult game and we had a bit of problem playing the way we wanted," Kurzawa said. "But everyone's happy that we're continuing our unbeaten run."
PSG has not lost in the league since a 3-2 defeat away to Bordeaux on March 15.
Cavani, who has been relegated to the bench in recent games, made an immediate impact in the sixth minute. Ibrahimovic found him with a pass and he rounded goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte before finishing comfortably.
But the lead was short-lived as fullback Raphael Guerreiro equalized in the 19th with a fine strike after latching onto a back-heel pass from striker Majeed Waris.
Ibrahimovic turned in a cross from Kurzawa 10 minutes after the break and Cavani hit the post shortly after with an astute lob as PSG took control.
After Lorient substitute Jimmy Cabot had a goal correctly ruled out for offside, Kurzawa went from provider to finisher with a well-taken volley in the 69th after Lorient failed to properly clear the ball.
PSG's daunting unbeaten run includes 30 wins and just three draws, whereas Nantes was less dominant with 19 wins and 13 draws.
Coach Laurent Blanc's team heads into Sunday's showdown at bitter rival Marseille in ominous form and a +50 goal difference.
Meanwhile, Nice climbed above Angers and into third place thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win against struggling Toulouse, which is languishing in 19th place.
Winger Hatem Ben Arfa scored Nice's winner in the 82nd after making a brilliant solo run down the left and beating 17-year-old goalie Alban Lafont for his 11th goal of the season.
Despite taking an early lead, Angers lost 2-1 at Reims.
Elsewhere, Nantes moved up to sixth place after beating Corsican side Gazelec Ajaccio 3-1 and striker Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Lyon beat Bordeaux 3-0 to move up to ninth.
Also, improving Lille beat Caen 1-0 and Guingamp beat last-place Troyes 4-0.
Rennes hosts Saint-Etienne on Thursday.