Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was excited to begin the new year in style as his hat-trick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 5-2 Coupe de France win over Brest, has expressed his disappointment at the standing ovation he received upon his substitution.
The Malmo-born forward netted thrice in the first-half, to add to strikes from Thiago Motta and Ezequiel Lavezzi - as PSG enjoyed a comfortable win over their Ligue 2 opponents.
But with the poor standing ovation he received, the Swede star, who was happy for the victory, felt he wasn't shown enough respect.
"The standing ovation? That was easy. There were only 500 fans in the stands... But I am very happy to have started the year with three goals," Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by the club's official website.
"It wasn't an easy match. It's never easy to play good football on a difficult pitch. We are very happy to have qualified.
"Now we have to focus on the next game."
Moreover, Laurent Blanc - PSG manager, has expressed that he was very pleased with his side's performance.
"We're always happy when we win. With all these postponements, it really wasn't easy," he said.
"We wanted to play and we wanted to win. We played very well. Despite the conditions, we found the keys to victory. We did it calmly and confidently."
Indeed, PSG were calm and confident as they triumphed over Brest in Wednesday's match; and if this balance remains in the team, the France capital club might end up winning the Ligue 1 trophy for the second consecutive time.
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