Published January 08, 2015
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will aim for a fourth consecutive victory in league play on Sunday in a top-four clash against St Etienne at the Parc des Princes.
PSG has hardly put a foot wrong all season and enters Sunday's match with a comfortable eight-point lead over second-place Monaco.
The defending league champions are coming off a 3-0 win over Bastia in league play last weekend. Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring against Bastia just six minutes into proceedings, while Ezequiel Lavezzi made sure PSG took the points as he netted a brace.
Following the win over Bastia, PSG turned their attention to the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg against German side Bayer Leverkusen.
PSG had already done most of their damage against Leverkusen on Feb 18 in Germany when they came away with a comfortable 4-0 rout.
Heading into the second leg at the Parc des Princes, Leverkusen struck first with a goal from Sidney Sam in the sixth minute, but PSG quickly extinguished any hopes Leverkusen has for a comeback when Marquinhos made it 1-1 and 5-1 on aggregate in the 13th minute.
Simon Rolfes missed a penalty for Leverkusen in the 28th minute and Lavezzi made it 6-1 on aggregate in the 53rd minute to ensure the capital club's trip to the quarterfinals of Europe's most prestigious club competition.
"The club's objective is to go as far as possible in the UEFA Champions League. I think the other sides in Europe continue to think more and more of Paris Saint-Germain," PSG head coach Laurent Blanc said. "We are in the quarter-finals; we have worked very hard to get here and we will keep on working very hard to keep going."
"We reached our objective, although not everything was perfect tonight, especially in the first half when we really weren't able to develop our own, regular football," midfielder Yohan Cabaye said. "We won, and now we can turn our attentions to the quarter-finals. That first goal woke us up after a difficult start and we began to find our marks and in the end, we won. We are still in the competition and we have to continue building on this foundation."
Also in Ligue 1 this weekend, Monaco will attempt to keep pace with PSG as the principality club travels to the Stade de Gerland to face a resurgent Lyon.
Following a 2-0 loss to Rennes on Feb 2, Lyon has ripped off an eight-match unbeaten streak in league play to climb to fifth in the table. Monaco, meanwhile will aim for a second straight league win following a 2-1 victory over Sochaux last time out.
Sunday's final Ligue 1 fixture sees Montpellier host Bordeaux at the Stade de la Mosson.
On Saturday, Lille hosts Nantes at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, Ajaccio welcomes Guingamp to the Stade Francois Coty, Evian hosts Valenciennes, Nice tangles with Bastia at the Stade Municipal du Ray, Sochaux hosts Lorient and Rennes welcomes Toulouse to the Stade de la Route de Lorient.
On Friday, Antoine Devaux and Andre-Pierre Gignac swapped second-half goals as Reims and Marseille played to a 1-1 draw at the Stade Auguste Delaune II.