THE MATCH: PARIS FIGHT BACK
The cold was setting in the late afternoon in the French capital and the Paris fans were stunned further by a stunning start from the visitors. With barely eight minutes on the clock, Bedoya netted the opening goal. From 25 metres out, the American sent an absolute missile into the top right-hand corner of Sirigu's goal (0-1 ,8')! Moments later, Les Canaris thought they had a second when Djilobodji turned home Veretout's free-kick, but the referee, Mr Bastien ruled it out for a foul in the area.
It was a let of the home side it served to spark them into life! Brazilian Lucas weaved his magic as Paris looked to fight back before the break. The equaliser duly arrived when Pastore released Lucas down the right and the winger played a low cross into the stride of Ibra to tackle the ball home at the near post (1-1, 34')!
Riou then produced a great save to deny captain Thiago Silva's header (44'), as it was all-square at the break. Four minutes after the restart, Lucas was brought down on the edge of the area. Zlatan stepped up and smashed the ball into the top left corner! Unstoppable (2-1, 49')! Lucas (64') and then Digne (65'), then had chances to make the game safe. Nantes were still alive and threw everything into the final minutes, with Deaux drawing a save from Sirigu (76').
The final whistle confirmed a tenth victory of the Ligue 1 season for Paris, the 1,000th in the club's history, in all competitions. Provisional leader ahead of the rest of the weekend's games, Paris now head to the Camp Nou, on Wednesday, full of confidence for their final Champions League group match.
A MAN IN THE MATCH: IBRA, THE GOAL MACHINE
We all know talent makes the difference. The match against Nantes was no exception to the rule! With two shots, Ibrahimovic turned the Week 17 match around. Firstly, he eluded the marking of Vizcarrondo at the near post to get Paris back on track. And then he showed off his power from set pieces with a ferocious free-kick to claim a precious three points in the title race.
It was Zlatan's sixth free-kick for Paris, more than with his four previous clubs (Inter Milan 2, Milan AC 1, Barcelona 1, Juventus 0). He now has eight goals in Ligue 1 this season, to move third in the scoring charts behind Lacazette and Gignac (11 goals). But when you know that he has scored three goals with his last three shots in the league, you know he is gunning for that first place...!
THE TALKING POINT: 1,000 VICTORIES
The match against Nantes will be remembered for Zlatan's supersonic free-kick that brought up the club's 1,000th win! The Paris No.10's free-kick registered the 676th top flight win. Added to that, the other 374 wins in other competitions and that equals 1,000! 44 years after the very first win over Quevilly (3-2) at the Stade Jean Bouin, on 29 August 1970, Paris has reached the symbolic mark of 1,000 victories. So 1,000 thank-yous Paris!