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Half-Time Report: Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick leaves Paris Saint-Germain in control

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a hat-trick in 36 minutes to give Paris Saint-Germain a 3-0 lead at half time against Anderlecht.

A first-half hat-trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given Paris Saint-Germain a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time against Anderlecht in the Champions League group stage this evening.

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group C football match against Anderlecht on October 23, 2013© Getty Images

Matias Suarez had an early opportunity for the hosts, attempting a strike from 25 yards out, but Salvatore Sirigu was able to hold on to it.

However, the French champions took the lead 17 minutes in, when Ibrahimovic tapped in from close range following a cross from Edinson Cavani.

The Swedish international doubled PSG's advantage five minutes later with an almost identical finish from a Gregory van der Wiel delivery.

The striker completed his hat-trick 10 minutes before the break, drilling the ball into the top corner from 35 yards out.

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Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring during a Group C Champions League football match between Benfica and Paris Saint Germain on October 2, 2013
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