Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain 3 Brest 1
By Football News
Paris Saint-Germain ended their home league campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over relegated Brest on Saturday.
The French champions struck three first-half goals - two from Zlatan Ibrahimovich and one from Blaise Matuidi - in what could prove to be David Beckham's last appearance in professional football.
Brest pulled one back after 81 minutes but it was only a consolation as PSG's quality saw them comfortably through.
The hosts made a number of changes, with Salvatore Sirigu, Siaka Tiene, Zoumana Camara, Clement Chantome and Kevin Gameiro all coming into the starting line-up, while Beckham was handed the captaincy.
Nicolas Douchez, Alex, Maxwell, Thiago Motta, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jeremy Menez made way.
For Brest, in came Richard Soumah, Timothee Dieng, Adama Ba and Bruno Grougi in place of Ousmane Coulibaly, Jonathan Ayite, Ahmed Kantari and Ismael Traore
PSG got off to the best possible start as Ibrahimovich turned well and fired underneath Alexis Thebaux after five minutes, and it was to be the beginning of a torrid half for the visitors.
Matuidi made it two on the half-hour mark, striking the ball into the ground and over the goalkeeper from a Beckham corner before Ibrahimovich grabbed his 29th goal of the season to make it three.
The Swede curled a free-kick past Thebaux, who could only get a hand to it, to ensure the Parc des Princes was in full party mode at half-time.
Gameiro should have made it four after 58 minutes when Beckham picked him out but the Frenchman could only head wide. Just three minutes later he was one-on-one with Thebaux but shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Brest, to their credit, rallied and got their reward after 81 minutes when Charlison Benschop was played through on goal and slipped it past the onrushing Sirigu.
Beckham was withdrawn from the action soon after and left the field in tears as the home crowd rose to applaud him and his team-mates embraced him.
The champions saw out the remaining few minutes with ease and moved onto 80 points with one game remaining.