Posted October 24, 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic can strike the ball very, very hard

Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals in PSG’s 5-0 rout of Anderlecht. (Yves Logghe/AP)

Today in the Champions League, Anderlecht goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski narrowly avoided the loss of at least one, and possibly both of his hands. Not that he’ll be happy about it.

This is all thanks to the one, the only Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The PSG and Sweden striker has scored bicycle kicks from way farther out than they should even be thought about, danced his way through an entire team, and ballet-flicked his way to a cavalcade of memorable strikes.

And they keep on coming. Oh, Andlerlecht defender. You’re going to competently clear the ball out? That’s cute.

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Fox clocked the ball at 72.6 miles per hour. Not a record-breaking speed, but certainly impressive considering the improvisational nature of the finish. That goal wrapped up a first-half hat trick for Ibrahimovic, with all three goals coming in the span of 18 minutes.

PSG’s Edinson Cavani would add his team’s fourth after halftime, but it only served to interrupt Ibra as the big Swede scored his fourth goal of the game 10 minutes later. The 5-0 drubbing extends PSG’s perfect Champions League record with three victories in three games, while Anderlecht remain winless.

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