Ever done something and then immediately afterwards thought to yourself: ‘why on earth did I just do that?’
Well, that’s probably what Lyon defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa asked himself after deliberately antagonising Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sunday.
After Lyon broke the deadlock, the French defender thought it’d be a good idea to perform a cheeky little dance just inside the 6ft 5in striker’s peripheral vision. Zlatan didn’t forget what had happened - and exacted his revenge later in the match. (Scroll to watch both videos).
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Ibrahimovic, a black belt in Taekwondo, sent Yanga-Mbiwa sprawling to the ground with a forceful shoulder barge and then walked away laughing at the centre-back.
Yanga-Mbiwa might argue that he had the last laugh, though, because Lyon ended PSG’s 36-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory over the reigning French champions.
Video: Yanga-Mbiwa winds up Zlatan
Video: Zlatan gets revenge on Yanga-Mbiwa
PSG on course to win Ligue 1
Barring a spectacular collapse, however, PSG will finish the season as Ligue 1 champions for the fourth successive season.
Laurent Blanc’s side lead second-placed AS Monaco by 23 points and there are only 10 matches to go before the end of the campaign.
Zlatan might have turned 34 earlier this season, but he remains one of the best strikers in world football.
In 22 league appearances for PSG this season, Zlatan has scored a magnificent 23 goals.
In all competitions he has scored 30 goals in 35 matches - the fourth successive season with PSG that he has broken the 30-goal barrier.
Zlatan: I am improving with age
"I still think I am making progress, even though I am getting older," Zlatan told PSG's official website, per Goal, back in October. "I am like wine, I improve with age. I do not feel on the decline - quite the opposite.
"I think I'm stronger mentally. I still have a great hunger that will allow me to fulfil my goals. I am very pleased with what I have done - and still do today - since I came here.
"I just need to stay focused, healthy, fresh physically and continue to do what I can do. Nothing will stop me here. I broke down all the walls to fulfil my objectives."
Zlatan wants Champions League winners' medal
Ibrahimovic has been linked with various Premier League clubs in recent weeks but PSG will be determined to keep hold of the charismatic - and hugely effective - forward.
The Sweden international could easily score goals on a regular basis in the French league with another couple of seasons and may even finish his career with the Parisians.
But he will be determined to win the Champions League with his current employers.
Zlatan has won a whole host of winners’ medals during his illustrious career but is still waiting to land his hands on the Champions League trophy.
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