Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted penalty kicks on either side of the intermission en route to a hat trick on Friday as Paris Saint-Germain rose to the top of the Ligue 1 table with a 2-1 win over Lorient at the Parc des Princes.
Coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to Bordeaux in league play last time out, Laurent Blanc's men hoped to get off to a positive start and that's exactly what happened as Ibrahimovic buried his first penalty after just four minutes to give the defending champions the lead.
But Lorient found an equalizer in the 67th minute when former Marseille man Jordan Ayew smashed a rocket shot with pace past PSG goalkeeper Slavatore Sirigu to put the sides back on level terms.
The deciding moment came with eight minutes to play when a Lorient defender slid in late on PSG's Javier Pastore and referee Tony Chapron pointed to the spot for a second time.
Ibrahimovic stepped up and calmly slotted it to the right of Lorient goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte and completed his hat trick in stoppage time to hand all three points to PSG.
The result sends Blanc's men to the top of the table, one point clear of Lyon, while Lorient remains in 16th place with 34 points.
Also in Ligue 1 this weekend, Lyon will aim to get back on the winning track after battling Marseille to a scoreless draw at the Stade Velodrome last week.
Lyon will welcome Nice to the Stade de Gerland aiming to go back to the top of Ligue 1 with three points, while Nice enters the clash in desperate need of three points as they sit in 16th place and hope to put some more distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Bastia returns home to the Stade Armand-Cesari to face Guingamp hoping to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Monaco last time out, while Guingamp will be shooting for a second straight win following a 2-1 triumph over Nice.
Caen welcomes Metz to the Stade Michel d'Ornano looking to snap a two-match losing streak, while Metz can move off the bottom of the table with a victory away from home.
Evian hosts Montpellier at the Parc des Sports, Rennes welcomes Nantes to the Stade de la Route de Lorient, while Saturday's final fixture sees Toulouse battle Bordeaux at the Stade Municipal de Toulouse.
On Sunday, Saint Etienne will hope to climb closer to a Champions League place with a victory over Lille at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Les Verts enter the clash riding a three-match winning streak across all competitions and a win Sunday will take them to 52 points.
It could move the club into fourth place depending on how Monaco does against Reims at the Stade Auguste Delaune II.
But the principality club will be keen to continue their positive form after an impressive win over Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek.
Sunday's final match sees Marseille travel to the Stade Felix Bollaert to face Lens.
After last week's scoreless draw against Lyon, Marseille will aim to get all three points. Lens, meanwhile, will aim for a second straight win after a 1-0 result against Toulouse last week. Three points for Lens will move the team ever closer to escaping the bottom three.