Zlatan Ibrahimovic added another entry to his overflowing collection of extraordinary goals in the opening stages of Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de la Ligue semifinal at Nantes.
Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou didn’t do the best of jobs with his clearance, slipping as he went to kick the back-pass away. Yet, he could not have foreseen that that ball would just seconds later be soaring over his head. Ibrahimovic met the fiercely driven clearance first time on the half-volley without the time to even glance at the goal but still struck a lob with pace and peerless accuracy to send the ball flying into the net.
The goal put Ligue 1 leaders PSG 1-0 up in the semifinal against a Nantes side safely ensconced in mid-table. The winners will go onto face the victors in the other semifinal between Lyon and Ligue 2 side Troyes.
The goal was Ibrahimovic’s 30th in what is another outstanding season for the 32-year-old Swede. And the former Barcelona and Milan striker continues to prove to be a great goal-scorer as well as a scorer of great goals. At the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony last month Ibrahimovic picked up the Puskas Award for the best goal courtesy of his remarkable long range bicycle kick for Sweden against England in November, 2012.