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Gameiro scores both goals as PSG beats Sochaux 2-0

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PARIS (AP) -Kevin Gameiro outshone Zlatan Ibrahimovic by scoring both goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Sochaux 2-0 on Saturday to move provisionally into second place in the French league.

PSG started the season with three consecutive draws but has won its past four league games and five overall. Ibrahimovic was full of confidence after scoring eight goals in six games overall since joining the big spenders, yet he had a quiet match by his high standards.

"It was a good match, especially in the first half where we played with a lot more intensity," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "The rhythm wasn't there in the second half, we eased off too much. But perhaps some players were thinking about the games ahead. That's not right."

PSG plays away to Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday and then faces bitter rival and French leader Marseille four days later.

With Ibrahimovic taking the limelight, PSG's other strikers have had little playing time this season. But despite making only four substitute appearances, Gameiro looked razor sharp and took his goals well.

"It's so good to score goals and to start a match again," Gameiro said. "I need to keep working hard to experience moments like that again, and to shine a bit."

PSG was three points behind leader Marseille, having played a game more.

Gameiro scored with his first chance in the 11th minute when he ran onto Javier Pastore's superb curling pass, controlled the ball perfectly with the outside of his foot and slipped it through the legs of goalkeeper Simon Pouplin.

Gameiro ran to the PSG bench and was mobbed by teammates as they all celebrated his first goal since March and his first in the league since Feb. 4.

"We have a lot of solidarity in this team, and I hope that is what will take us far this season," Gameiro said.

Ibrahimovic almost set up a second goal when his ball from the right was missed by Pastore as he swung a foot at it and fell instead to midfielder Blaise Matuidi, but his low shot flew past the post.

Ibrahimovic was involved in the build-up to Gameiro's second goal in the 33rd. He threaded the ball to left back Maxwell, whose low cross to the back post found Gameiro sliding in to clip the ball past Pouplin.

"You think you're playing well and then you get caught on the break. The big danger is actually when you have the ball, because you make one mistake and you're punished for it," Sochaux coach Eric Hely said. "They give you the impression that you can come back into the game but, in reality, you're powerless. We had the ball but couldn't do anything with it."

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was in the crowd at Parc des Princes, but there was little to excite him or the crowd in the second half.

"We didn't really shine much in the second half," PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu said. "We're starting to feel a bit tired, which is normal as we've been playing a lot recently."

In other games, it was: Ajaccio 1, Brest 0; Evian 1, Lorient 1; Nancy 0, Montpellier 2; Nice 2, Bastia 2, and Troyes 0, Toulouse 2.

Tunisia striker Saber Khlifa got Evian's goal in the eighth minute as Lorient looked set to lose for the first time in the league this season. But substitute Gilles Sunu grabbed the equalizer in the 85th as Lorient held onto fourth place.

Toulouse climbed up to fifth spot thanks to second-half goals from strikers Wissam Ben Yedder and Emmanuel Riviere.

Algeria midfielder Mehdi Mostefa got Ajaccio's goal in the 54th.

Bastia twice came from behind to secure a draw at Nice in a match played in front of home fans only. Bastia's fans were banned as a preventative measure because of a history of fan violence between the teams from Corsica and the south coast.

Midfielder Dario Cvitanich gave Nice the lead with his third goal in two games, only for former France winger Jerome Rothen to level. Center half Renato Civelli - Nice's other Argentine player - put the home side ahead again in the 57th, but striker Anthony Modeste equalized for Bastia in the 70th.

Defending champion Montpellier won for only the second time this season to move up to 12th place, one spot behind Nice. Highly rated midfielder Younes Belhanda scored midway through the second half and striker Souleymane Camara wrapped up the win in the 90th.

Evian and Nancy are at the bottom with last-place Troyes, which has yet to win after seven games.

Marseille looks for a seventh straight league win when it travels to Valenciennes on Sunday, while Lyon will move back into second place if it beats Bordeaux at home. Saint-Etienne faces Reims in Sunday's other game.

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