Short Soccer, December 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 3:43am


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Ibrahimovic opens floodgates for PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain end the year in style with a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Brest. "We're going to have a good holiday because we're at the top of the league after another good performance," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "It wasn't an easy match because of the pitch and our opponent." Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with his 18th league goal of the season. Kevin Gameiro doubled PSG's lead before an own goal by Bernard Mendy sealed the result. AP


Real keeping hold of Kaka, Mourinho says

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says his club do not plan to sell little-used midfielder Kaka during the winter transfer window. "I don't think Kaka will leave," Mourinho said, adding that keeping the Brazilian would give the team more strength in depth. The 30-year-old Brazil playmaker has started only four matches for Madrid this season, adding to speculation that he would seek a transfer after failing to secure one last summer. Mourinho said he did not expect the team to make any signings despite being 13 points adrift of Barcelona. AP


Atletico maintain 100pc home record

Adrian came off the bench to fire second-placed Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 La Liga home win over Celta Vigo and secure a ninth victory in nine matches this season at their Calderon stadium. "[Celta] were clear about how [defensively] they were going to play and it's always tough when a game turns out that way," Adrian said. "We want to carry on in the same way or even better," he added. "Everything is going well in the three competitions." Valencia continued their tentative revival with a 4-2 home win over Getafe in the earlier kick-off. Reuters