Champions League: PSG launches its European campaign with a success over Juventus Turin

Victorious over Juventus Turin (2-1) on Tuesday evening, Paris SG got their European season off to a good start.

At the Parc des Princes

Failing to return to Piedmont by sand yacht overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, the Turinese left the Parc des Princes with a defeat in their suitcase and that was the main lesson of the evening. For this PSG connected to alternating current, as spectacular as it is irregular, the start of the school year proved successful with a victory (2-1) for its debut in the Champions League. Everything will not have been perfect, with a largely perfectible set and a collective balance to be found, but under the impetus of an attractive “MNM” and a Kylian Mbappé at the rendezvous with his double, the results remain despite all positive against a direct competitor for qualification in the round of 16.

Kylian Mbappé treats the Park

We left him smiling and hilarious on Monday in the far too big “sand yachting” controversy, before finding him incisive and above all decisive in an incandescent Parc des Princes and at the height of the great European evenings. New way to prove how much pressure slips on Kylian Mbappé. It must be said that the world champion capsized the entire Parisian public with a fabulous goal from the 5th minute of play by taking a volley from Neymar (1-0). “Stand up the Park”, already intoned the Auteuil tribune close to the explosion. Faced with the talent of the duo, Marco Verratti even hid his eyes, under the spell after such a jewel. Barely fifteen minutes later, the French football star did it again with his friend Achraf Hakimi decisive passer for a beautiful school action (2-0, 22nd). Groggy and clueless, Juventus was painful to see, unable to answer the equation posed by the native of Bondy, surgical (3 balls in the area, 2 shots and 2 goals in the first period) and even a little more in the history (youngest player to reach 35 goals in the Champions League at 23 years and 260 days).

Donnarumma revives Juve

After such a one-sided domination, with rigorous, disciplined Parisians and carried by a Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio at the rendezvous, it is difficult to imagine anything other than a formality in this clash of group H. Moreover the 3-0 was very close after returning from the locker room, but Mbappé was too greedy with the hat-trick in the lead, forgetting his Brazilian friend alone at the far post (51st). It was at this point in the game that Juventus, moribund and sad to die, paradoxically got back into the game. By taking advantage of an error of judgment by Gianluigi Donnarumma on an innocuous corner and a header from Mckennie entered at the break (2-1, 53rd). New proof that the debate on the position of number one goalkeeper at Paris SG this season is far from being ratified with a Keylor Navas who is impatient on the bench of substitutes and an Italian European champion far from clearing serenity foolproof.

Paris loses track and displays its shortcomings

In view of the first act, no one would have thought for a moment Juventus would return to the game as Paris seemed above and the Turinese of Rabiot and Paredes amorphous. A scenario seen hundreds of times in the European Cup. Sometimes cut in two, PSG seemed at times to fall back into its ways, losing the thread of a meeting won over to its cause until then. If Mbappé (64th, 90th), Messi (68th) or Neymar (90th) were very close to ending the suspense, Donnarumma (56th, 81st) finally woke up to save his family and avoid an unexpected hiccup. The main thing is except for this PSG still in the run-in and more than ever perfectible, with a success which launches the European season in the best possible way. Good work, but nothing to ignite.

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