CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – PSG wins ahead of Juventus (2-1) with a brace from Kylian Mbappé

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – PSG wins ahead of Juventus (2-1) with a brace from Kylian Mbappé

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – PSG wins ahead of Juventus (2-1) with a brace from Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé hovered over the Parc des Princes. The Parisian offered a brace against Juventus to kick off his European season on Tuesday night. The French striker has above all allowed his team to definitively beat Juventus, the scourge of the team from the capital, after the ninth match. The Parisians suffered in the second half and welcomed the final whistle with relief.

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Undefeated in the league after six days, Christophe Galtier has completed his baptism of fire on the continental scene at the helm of Paris Saint-Germain. The French coach would have moved on to the European revelator after a failed first season with Lille in a strong group in 2019/2020 (1 draw, 5 defeats against Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia).

Galtier provided a first element of response as history will recall that PSG obtained, under his orders, their first success against Juventus (2-1). So far the comparisons with the Transalpins had ended with two draws and six defeats, a series in progress before this ninth round which turned in favor of the Parisians in favor of a controlled first half.

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The Old Lady suffered in front of the burning legs of Kylian Mbappé, author of a magnificent double Tuesday night, and the inspirations of an irresistible Neymar. Les Rouge et Bleu had to hit hard and fast in this match to avoid being fooled by the Italian low block. The French striker shattered for the first time in the fifth minute, when he netted a ladle from the Brazilian with a half volley (1-0, 5th).

It was the first goal for Galtier’s men in this 2022-2023 Champions League. The second attempt at goal came 17 minutes later to a similar conclusion. Faced with an apathetic Juve, who waited feverishly in their 16.50 meters, the Parisians settled around the Turin field, chaining the movements to find the opening. Mbappé’s second goal was initiated by a triangle match, Marco Verratti found Bondynois, who asked Achraf Hakimi for a one-two. The last gesture? Still lethal: a new half volley in the middle of the game (2-0, 22nd), which places Mbappé one goal from Ferenc Puskas (36) and the Top 20 of the Champions League top scorers

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This Old Lady certainly has nothing to do with what it once was, fiery, always ready to make Parisians dance in the nightmare nights of the 80s and 90s, it is still dangerous when you let them climb the last 30 meters opposite. . This was especially seen with the appearance of Winston McKennie. Launched on the counterattack, the American transformed his team, which however passed close to the correctional on a 50-meter match by Mbappé that ended with a crazy strike (51st). In the background, Neymar was waiting for an offer …

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The punishment didn’t last long. Under the thrust of the rookie, Juve finally takes advantage of the flanks and extends the game: the reduction of the gap arrives on a corner kick immediately ready on the left and on a cross by Filip Kostic. Released at the wrong time, Gianluigi Donnarumma, imperial on the line ahead of Arkadiusz Milik (19th), was fooled by McKennie, who climbed higher than Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes (2-1, 54th).

Kylian Mbappé (PSG) in the duel with Leandro Paredes (Juventus)

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While their offensive trio has evolved just the right way to achieve a semblance of fullness, PSG is still PSG when the pressure gets too much and the clock has been feverishly checked after this goal. Donnarumma redeems himself with a header from Dusan Vlahovic (56 °) and a shot from Manuel Locatelli (81 °), and the Parisians resume their march forward in the last minutes, one less success. The defense held out until the final whistle, welcomed as a relief by Galtier’s troops and their supporters. The European season has begun, the specter of Juventus is already far behind. In a week we will have to fight new demons on the Maccabi Haifa lawn.

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