All eyes were on this top of the table Clasico, the final match of Week 26, where leaders Paris took on archrivals Marseille, fighting for a place on the podium, just five points adrift.
When you add to that the anticipation of David Beckham's debut in a PSG shirt and all the ingredients were in place for a huge match of football.
It was one-way traffic at the start with the home side dominating. The 44,984 spectators crammed into the Parc des Princes had just been treated to Brazilian great Ronaldo taking the guest kick-off before Ibrahimovic released Lavezzi whose fierce shot cannoned back off Mandanda's post with the 'keeper beaten all ends up (1')! Game on in the Le Classique!
Game on for Lucas, too! Ten minutes later the Brazilian prodigy brought the crowd to their feet with a typically electric acceleration. He cut inside from the right and unleashed a ferocious drive from 25m out that deflected off Nkoulou, and into the back of the net (1-0,11')!
The Rouge et Bleu opening storm passed and the hosts' 'keeper Salvateur Sirigu was called on twice in as many minutes to deny Barton (31') and then Kadir (32').
Lavezzi was untenable down that left hand side and he went close to setting up Ibrahimovic, only for new OM signing Romao to come to the visitors' rescue (38').
With half-time approaching, Valbuena and Gignac brought the best out of PSG custodian. Impeccable in dealing with the former's free-kick (41'), Sirigu then palmed over an acrobatic Gignac effort (42')!
The second half began at a million miles an hour as Valbuena went weithin centimetres of an equaliser from an impossible angle (48').
The response was Argentinian. Lavezzi played in Pastore, who was denied by Mandanda (53').
The France international goalie then watched on as his opposite number kept PSG in front. Gignac (61'), Ayew (72') and Fanni (87') were all denied by a world class display from Sirigu.
At the same time, the home crowd reserved a monumental welcoming ovation to the club's 400th player, a certain David Beckham (75').
The English footballing icon played his part in settling the game in the home side's favour. In stoppage time at the end of the game, Ménez played a one-two with Beckham before driving the ball to the near post where Ibrahimovic was on hand to turn home his 22nd goal of a prolific campaign (2-0, 90+1')!
Solid and the back and ruthless in front of goal, Paris Saint-Germain recorded their 16th victory of the season, that also featured Armand 400th Ligue 1 match. The win sees Ancelotti's side move eight points ahead of OM and three ahead of Lyon.
It was the perfect way to wamr-up for Wednesday's rematch when Paris host… OM in the headline clash in the last 16 of the Coupe de France. Le Classique is very much in vogue in late February...