UCL: PSG crush Real Madrid, Atleti snatch late draw against Juventus

UCL: PSG crush Real Madrid, Atleti snatch late draw against Juventus
Source: Ghana/Joy Sports
Date: 18-09-2019 Time: 09:09:09:pm
Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring his, and PSG’s, second goal of the game. Photograph: François Mori/AP

Di Maria produced a vintage performance with two goals to help Paris St Germain claim a 3-0 home win over Real Madrid in their Champions League Group A opening game on Wednesday.

In the absence of the formidable trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Di Maria provided two first-half goals as PSG suffocated Real throughout and Thomas Meunier added a third in stoppage time.

Zinedine Zidane's Real, who eliminated PSG in the last 16 in 2017-18 and were also missing key players at the Parc des Princes, failed to muster a shot on target and suffered their first defeat of the season.

PSG lead the standings on three points, ahead of Club Brugge and Galatasaray, who played out a goalless draw earlier on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Substitute Hector Herrera scored a 90th-minute equaliser to crown a fine Atletico Madrid comeback and deny Juventus victory in the Champions League.

Former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado produced a sumptuous curling finish to put Juventus in front before a header by French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi made it 2-0.

Stefan Savic sparked Atletico's fightback with a header inside the six-yard area before Herrera struck from a late corner.

Also, Bayern Munich kicked off their Champions League campaign by easing to a 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade with goals from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller. 

Manchester City put aside their recent Premier League setback, delivering a comfortable performance in a 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk. 

Bayern Leverkusen were stunned at home by Lokomotiv Moscow, and Dinamo Zagreb thumped Atalanta 4-0 in the latter’s first appearance in the competition. 

 

Here’s how the actions unfolded: