France: Ibrahimovic scores as PSG tops Nice to stay near top spot

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PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his return to form with his second goal in a week as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nice 1-0 on Saturday to stay within one point of French league leader Marseille.

Ibrahimovic, who missed nearly two months of the season with a heel injury, slotted a penalty into the bottom corner in the 15th minute after Brazilian winger Lucas Moura had been bundled over.

The Sweden star got PSG's second of the game in a 3-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic, the league's top scorer for the past two seasons, has scored six league goals so far. He had not scored in the league since a hat trick against Saint-Etienne on Aug. 31.

Marseille beat Nantes 2-0 on Friday night and has 34 points after 15 games.

The 33-year-old Ibrahimovic has scored an array of spectacular goals during a distinguished career and he almost added another.

In the 10th minute, he took down a high ball in his stride with a superb piece of control and then clipped a first-time shot against the post.

PSG is unbeaten in 21 games this season and has not lost since a 2-1 home defeat to Rennes on May 7.

However, after a bright start, this became another scrappy performance from a PSG side which regularly struggles to break teams down, despite boasting a glut of attacking talent.

PSG faded in the second half, as has often been the case this season, and struggled to create a chance until Edinson Cavani headed over Serge Aurier's cross in the 74th.

With Nice gaining in confidence, a draw seemed increasingly likely, and left back Jordan Amavi hit the post with a header from a free kick with 10 minutes to go.

Later Saturday, it is: Caen vs. Montpellier; Lens vs. Metz; Reims vs. Bastia; Rennes vs. Monaco, and Toulouse vs. Lorient.