Ibra hurt but PSG beat Bastia
By D. Crossan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic went off injured in the first half as champions Paris Saint-Germain beat Bastia 2-0 for their first Ligue 1 win of the new season.
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 SC Bastia
Ibrahimovic clutched his side in the seventh minute after attempting an innocuous looking twist away from El-Hadji Ba. After brief treatment he grimaced his way through seven further minutes before being substituted, replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Swede was PSG's captain as Thiago Silva is out for a month with the thigh injury he sustained in a friendly at Napoli on Monday.
Lucas and Edinson Cavani scored the PSG goals as Laurent Blanc's men scored their first Ligue 1 win of the season to spoil Bastia coach Claude Makelele's return to the Parc des Princes. Makelele's men failed to muster a shot against the club where he was assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti and then Laurent Blanc before taking the reins in Corsica this summer.
Cavani had had a shot blocked by Mathieu Peybernes in the fourth minute and it took time for PSG to readjust after Ibrahimovic's departure. Visiting centre-forward Brandao nodded wide from an inviting François Modesto cross as Bastia stirred, yet in the 26th minute PSG were in front thanks to Lucas.
The Brazilian applied a stupendous side-footed volleyed finish to Gregory van der Wiel's pinpoint cross. Lucas was unmarked cutting in from the left as Modesto had been sucked in by Javier Pastore's forward run. The goal was as spectacular as Lucas' acrobatic celebrations.
Alphonse Areola, on loan from PSG, saved at the near post from Lucas Digne, who was an ever willing outlet down the home left. Lavezzi volleyed into the stands after a Cavani knockdown as half-time beckoned and PSG searched for a second against a club they've never lost to in Paris.
Cavani strikes, Pastore delights
Ibrahimovic's injury allowed Cavani a run at centre-forward, his preferred positon, and El Matador scored an outstanding 57th-minute goal to make the points safe. Marco Verratti's quickly taken free-kick caught Modesto napping and Cavani took one touch to control and another to apply a controlled finish for his first of the season.
Pastore is full of confidence at the start of the season and an outrageous piece of skill on the right-edge of the box almost resulted in a third goal for Blanc's men. David Luiz looked comfortable throughout on his PSG debut after a 50 million euro move from Chelsea, the Brazilian's highlight being the expertly timed challenge on Christopher Maboulou in the penalty area approaching full time.
Serge Aurier replaced van der Wiel at the break for his debut and both summer signings will be delighted to have notched up a clean sheet at the first time of asking.