Sunday in Ligue 1 was all about Dimitar Berbatov. The former Manchester United striker had his had in all three goals as his Monaco side beat Lyon 3-2 away from home. However, it wasn’t enough to close the gap on Paris Saint-Germain, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as they kept Saint-Etienne at arms-length.
Claudio Ranieri may not have been over the moon when Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov was signed without his blessing, but Ranieri would find it tough to say that the former Spurs striker hasn’t made an impact since his January move.
Taking on a tough Lyon side, knowing that nothing but a win will do, it was Berbatov who stepped up and inspired his side to victory. After just four minutes he picked up his first assist, some nice control in the box let him lay the ball off to Valerie Germain, and the Frenchman finished neatly in the corner.
Berbatov’s second assist had some more fortune about it. Germain’s cross from the right had a little bit too much power for the Bulgarian, his touch let him down, but it fell perfectly into the path of James Rodriguez, and the Colombian made no mistake from six yards out.
The best was still to come from the 33-year-old. Just after half-time he drifted to the right, ghosting in from the wing, playing on the shoulder of the last defender, he beat the offside trap and with the outside of his right boot he curled the ball past Anthony Lopes.
Lyon got a second from Jimmy Briand late on, but the striker’s second goal could only act as a consolation. Berbatov the hero of the day.
Sunday started in the south of France as Montpellier and Bordeaux played out a fairly entertaining 1-1 draw. Both goals came from corners and both goals came from centre-backs towering above the opposition defence to head home. That was Montpellier’s 16th draw of the season.
PSG finished the evening at home to Saint-Etienne and the game never really got out of 2nd gear. Zlatan opened the scoring after 14 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball and managing to knock it past Stephane Ruffier with his ankle.
Four minutes before the break he had his second and the game was all but over. Edinson Cavani found some space on the left, he played in the low cross and Zlatan was in the right place to grab his second.
PSG then took their foot completely off the gas. The away side came back into the game in the second half, but they didn’t have enough quality to make it count. You always felt that the Parisians had plenty in the tank to recover from anything Les Verts could throw at them.
That’s five wins from five for Laurent Blanc’s side, they are eight points ahead of Monaco and don’t look like letting up at any point. It’s their title to lose.