Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his torrid campaign for Paris Saint-Germain with a first half hat trick in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over Brest in the French Cup.
The Swede began his onslaught with a right-footed flick in front of the net in the 10th minute, followed by a flying deflection in the 39th, and a simple chip shot over Brest keeper Yohan Hartock during a fast break in the 42nd.
Thiago Motta also scored in the 15th minute, and Ezequiel Lavezzi netted another goal in the opening minute of the second half. Manager Laurent Blanc would Ibrahimovic’s day early, by substituting Lucas in the 63rd minute.
Midfielder Benoit Lesoimier was responsible for Brest’s first goal in the 33rd, and forward Jonathan Ayite the second in the 89th, but too much damage had already been done for any chance of a comeback.
Known for his confidence both on and off the pitch, Ibrahimovic has been on an incredible run this season, totaling 35 goals in all competitions for PSG and Sweden, and is well on pace to surpass the 47 he scored last season.
In October, Ibrahimovic also made waves for his otherworldly performance against Anderlecht in Champions League play, netting four goals and another hat trick by halftime.
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