Football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic thrilled with four goal performance

Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he was thrilled with his four-goal haul against Anderlecht on Wednesday night.

The forward tore the Belgian side apart at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, as his PSG side cruised to a 5-0 victory.

Edinson Cavani scored the other goal for the Ligue 1 champions, who moved five points clear at the top of Group C in the UEFA Champions League.

Understandably, all the talk after the game was about Ibrahimovic, and he was delighted with his individual return for the club.

The former AC Milan striker told L'Equipe: "Scoring four goals does not happen every day. This is a very good thing."

The Swedish striker also earned a standing ovation from the Anderlecht fans who despite seeing their side receive a thrashing from the French outfit, got their money's worth from the mercurial Swede.

On the reception from the Anderlecht fans, he added: "It was crazy, amazing, fantastic, it gave me chills.

"It was a great honour and I want to thank the fans for their reaction. This is not something that happens often."

The pick of the goals was the third, a stunning effort from 25 yards which he caught on the volley to blast into the top left-hand corner.

Ibrahimovic admitted he particularly enjoyed that effort, after a tap-in first, Cruyff 'flick' second and low drive fourth.

"I think I have to say the third goal was my favourite," he told UEFA.com.

"It was a good goal as I shot from distance and timed it very well and it went in. It felt like a very hard shot."

PSG have so far made light work of a group that also contains Benfica and Olympiakos. With the French club on the verge of qualification, Ibrahimovic is not getting carried away.

"I think we have to take one game at a time and the further you go in a tournament the harder it becomes because the strongest teams keep themselves in the Champions League," said the 32 year-old.

"We are still in the group stage but if we win another one then we are qualified for the next round so we will take things one game at a time. We have worked very hard for this and I think we are a better team than last year.

"After a year together we know each other much better and some players have come in and made a difference. If you work very hard you get your rewards. Let's hope when we play Anderlecht at home we play a good game as well."

The former Barcelona forward now has 11 goals this season, with six being in Europe.

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