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Ibrahimovic breaks PSG goal record in farewell to the Parc des Princes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a brace in his final appearance at the Parc des Princes on Saturday night as Paris Saint Germain thrashed Nantes 4-0. Announcing his departure, Ibrahimovic said he arrived as a king and was leaving as a legend. And the 48,000 fans hailed their hero accordingly.
With the title done and dusted months ago, Saturday night was all about Ibrahimovic, who announced on Friday he was leaving PSG at the end of the season, and his quest to break the 37-goal single season PSG record.
Starting the game with 36 goals, the 34-year-old Sweden international equalled the 1997-98 club record of Argentine Carlos Bianchi in the 18th minute with his 37th of the season.
Ibrahimovic then netted a record 38th one minute from time. Lucas Moura and Marquinhos were also on the score sheet for PSG.
"I'm feeling very emotional," said Ibrahimovic after the game. "Today is a very special day after four years together winning lots of trophies."
The Parc des Princes faithful ensured that it would be a night to remember.
In the 10th minute, the ground rose to applaud their idol who wears the number 10 shirt. As Ibrahimovic acknowledged the crowd, the Nantes players obligingly waited patiently for almost a minute before taking a free-kick.
Leading 2-0 at half-time, the second-half was all about Ibrahimovic and the goal record. And he duly obliged.
After the game he wished the team well with a flourish that will fertilise the Zlatanesque hinterland for many a season. "I hope the team will win many more titles without Ibra ... It will be difficult but possible."
Monaco beat Montpellier, Nice bear Guingamp
Elsewhere in France on Saturday night, Monaco secured the third and final Champions League qualification spot as first-half goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and a Fabinho penalty gave them a 2-0 win over Montpellier.
Nice won 3-2 at Guingamp but had to settle for fourth. At the other end of the table, Toulouse scored twice in the final 12 minutes through Martin Braithwaite and Yann Bodiger to turn a 2-1 deficit at Angers into a 3-2 victory. That kept them a point above Reims, whose 4-1 win over second-placed Lyon was not enough to prevent them descending into Ligue 2 alongside Lorient and Troyes.