Champions League - Group A
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Champions League: Paris St-Germain 3-0 Real Madrid

Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria is only the second player in Champions League history to score twice against both Real Madrid and Barcelona, after Mario Jardel

Angel di Maria scored twice against former employers Real Madrid as Paris St-Germain began their Champions League Group A campaign with a comfortable win.

Thomas Meunier's stoppage-time goal added more embarrassment for the Spanish giants - and heightened the pressure on Real manager Zinedine Zidane, whose win ratio is below 50% since returning to the club towards the end of last season.

Eden Hazard, making his first start for the visitors, showed some nice touches but struggled to influence proceedings, as a Real old boy stole the show.

Celebrating his 100th appearance in the competition, Di Maria opened the scoring with a close-range shot that crept inside Thibaut Courtois' near post from Juan Bernat's pass.

While Real's Belgian goalkeeper Courtois appeared to be caught out for the opening goal, he could do nothing to prevent the second.

Idrissa Gueye's fine work on the right created the opening for Di Maria, who found the bottom right corner superbly with a curling effort from 20 yards.

Hopes of a Real fight-back were briefly raised when Gareth Bale lobbed the ball magnificently over home keeper Keylor Navas from the edge of the penalty area.

However, his goal was ruled out for handball by referee Anthony Taylor after it was reviewed by video assistant referee (VAR) officials, as was Karim Benzema's offside effort late in the second period.

And a miserable night for Real and Zidane was compounded as Juan Bernat and Meunier, strolled through the visiting defence before Belgian full-back Meunier placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

It confirmed that PSG, who were without their entire first-choice strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, halted a run of three consecutive defeats against the Spanish club.

No superstars, no problem for PSG

While Paris St-Germain were - on paper at least - noticeably under strength without their celebrated front three, they still easily had too much firepower for Real.

That was largely down to Di Maria, Pablo Sarabia and loan signing Mauro Icardi - supposedly the supporting cast - who exhibited the guile and movement to bewilder a Madrid defence shorn of the leadership of Sergio Ramos.

Di Maria in particular produced a performance that rolled back the years to his days patrolling the flank over five seasons at the Bernabeu.

The 31-year-old Argentina winger made almost 200 appearances for Real and was named man of the match as the Spanish giants claimed their 10th European Cup/Champions League trophy against neighbours Atletico in 2014.

Just as on that night in Lisbon, he was at his best with his elusive running and clever positioning, tormenting Real full-back Dani Carvajal.

Aside from scoring twice, Di Maria cut the visitors open on several occasions with Sarabia sliding an effort wide after being picked out by his colleague.

And Di Maria, whose exuberant celebrations after both goals will have rankled with Real supporters, could have rounded off his evening with a hat-trick - narrowly failing with a scooped effort over Courtois that landed on the roof of the Real net.

Real run into trouble

While Real Madrid have won the European football's most prestigious competition a record 13 times, this performance suggested they may struggle to negotiate the group stage.

Despite spending heavily in the summer, Zidane's side lacked the intensity and quality to compete for long periods and he will have been dismayed by the manner in which PSG scored their third goal.

Of his summer recruits, Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao - the only starters - endured difficult evenings against a PSG team that pressed Real at every opportunity.

Forwards Luka Jovic and Rodrygo, meanwhile, were spectators worth a combined £90m until the Serbia forward was introduced in the 70th minute.

Yet even that did little to galvanise the La Liga club, who failed to register a single shot on target for the first time in 167 Champions League matches dating back to 2003-04.

In midfield, Luka Modric's absence was also heavily felt with Toni Kroos and Casemiro unable to wrestle control of midfield away from Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye and Marquinhos.

Man of the match - Angel di Maria (PSG)

Angel di Maria
Angel di Maria's century of Champions League appearances have come with Benfica, Real Madrid and PSG

'They were superior to us in everything they did' - what they said

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: "We didn't really ever get going. Here we are all in the same boat. When we win, we all win. When we lose, we all lose. This defeat is hard to take, but we have another game on Sunday [against Sevilla] and need to focus on that.

"They were superior to us in everything they did, and in intensity, which annoys me the most. They were good and created chances, but what worries me is that we played without intensity.

"We knew they'd pressure us. But we didn't really get properly into the game at any stage. Intensity is the most important thing on the pitch. You can have your worst game, but if you play with intensity, put your foot in, win challenges, you can win the game - but we didn't."

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel: "This was really a team performance without and with the ball. When we play without Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani, it can help. People say we're not favourites and it can take the pressure off. It's impossible to play every game without them, of course. We need every player.

"[Angel] Di Maria has been showing for a year that he's capable of this kind of performance. His left foot is extraordinary. He has exceptional statistics with us and he's always decisive with goals and assists. Defensively, he was very strong and humble as well. He closed out [Dani] Carvajal and worked well with [Juan] Bernat on the left."

Real suffer joint-heaviest group stage loss- the stats

  • Real Madrid have lost consecutive Champions League games for the first time since April 2013 under Jose Mourinho.
  • They failed to have a single shot on target against PSG tonight, the first time this has happened in the Champions League since Opta began collecting such data in the competition in 2003-04 (in 167 games).
  • Real Madrid suffered their joint-heaviest defeat on the opening matchday of a group stage campaign in Champions League history (also 0-3 against Bayer Leverkusen in 2004 and 0-3 against Lyon in 2005).
  • PSG have found the net in each of their past 25 Champions League matches, the current longest such run in the competition and the fourth longest in competition history behind Real Madrid (34 in April 2014), Barcelona (29 in March 2012) and Real Madrid (29 in September 2018).
  • Angel di Maria is the third player in Champions League history to score at least twice in a game against both Real Madrid and Barcelona, after Mario Jardel and Andriy Shevchenko. Di Maria netted his 19th and 20th Champions League goals in this match.

Line-ups

PSG

  • 1Navas
  • 12Meunier
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14BernatBooked at 90mins
  • 27Gueye
  • 5MarquinhosSubstituted forHerreraat 70'minutes
  • 6Verratti
  • 19SarabiaSubstituted forDialloat 89'minutes
  • 18IcardiSubstituted forChoupo-Motingat 60'minutes
  • 11Di MaríaBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 8Paredes
  • 16Rico
  • 17Choupo-Moting
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 21Herrera
  • 22Diallo
  • 35Kouassi

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 32mins
  • 5VaraneBooked at 89mins
  • 3Militão
  • 23Mendy
  • 16RodríguezSubstituted forJovicat 70'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 79'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forVázquezat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 19Odriozola
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
  • 27Silva de Goes
  • 35De la Fuente
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
46,361

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Real Madrid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Real Madrid 0.

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos following a set piece situation.

Booking

Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain).

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 3, Real Madrid 0. Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Bernat following a fast break.

Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Paris Saint Germain).

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Abdou Diallo replaces Pablo Sarabia.

Booking

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Attempt missed. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Booking

Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid).

Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Eder Militão (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior replaces Gareth Bale.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

Foul by Luka Jovic (Real Madrid).

Ander Herrera (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic tries a through ball, but Lucas Vázquez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

Foul by Luka Jovic (Real Madrid).

Idrissa Gueye (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ander Herrera (Paris Saint Germain).

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Ander Herrera replaces Marquinhos because of an injury.

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As It Stood

A

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1PSG11003033
2Club Bruges10100001
3Galatasaray10100001
4Real Madrid100103-30

B

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2Tottenham10102201
3Olympiakos10102201
4Red Star Belgrade100103-30

C

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2Man City11003033
3Shakhtar Donetsk100103-30
4Atalanta100104-40

D

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2Juventus10102201
3Atl Madrid10102201
4B Leverkusen100112-10

E

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2Napoli11002023
3Liverpool100102-20
4KRC Genk100126-40

F

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2Inter Milan10101101
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G

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3Lyon10101101
4Benfica100112-10

H

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