Under-fire Ibra helps PSG to French League Cup glory


Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during their French League Cup final soccer match against Bastia at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, April 11, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic, facing multiple suspensions, struck twice to lift Paris St Germain to a crushing 4-0 victory over Bastia and a record fifth French League Cup triumph on Saturday.

Bastia defender Sebastien Squillaci was sent off for the foul which led to Ibrahimovic's 21st-minute penalty and the Sweden striker rifled in a shot from the edge of the area to double the lead just before halftime.

Ibrahimovic is banned from the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona on Wednesday due to a red card in the last round against Chelsea and is serving a four-game Ligue 1 suspension for insulting comments about a referee.

Champions PSG cruised through the second half and substitute Edinson Cavani powered in a late header before producing a clinical finish to ensure his team retained the Cup and stayed on course for a domestic treble.

They lead Ligue 1 by a point from Olympique Lyonnais with seven games left and play Ligue 2 Auxerre in the French Cup final on May 30.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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