Ibrahimovic's double sees PSG down St. Etienne

Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a first-half brace at the Parc des Princes on Sunday as PSG downed St. Etienne in a 2-0 victory.

The Sweden international opened the scoring by taking Blaise Matuidi's square pass and firing a first-time effort into the back of the net in the 13th minute.

Ibrahimovic doubled PSG's advantage four minutes before the break when he got on the end of Edinson Cavani's low cross to the near post before posing a shot past Stephane Ruffier.

It proved to be all the Parisians would need to restore their eight-point lead atop the Ligue 1 table, improving to 70 points on the season.

Monaco had applied some pressure on PSG after picking up a 3-2 win at Lyon on Sunday, but the title challengers remain firmly back of PSG following its 21st league win of the campaign.

Also on Sunday, Bordeaux and Montpellier played to a 1-1 draw.