Di Maria scores a brace and helps PSG humble Real Madrid 3-0 in Champions League opener

19th September, 2019

As the fans of current Champions League defending champions – Liverpool – continue to lick their wounds as a result of that painful defeat at the hands of Napoli in their opening match of their title defence, the followers of former champions – Real Madrid – have found themselves in a similar situation.

Their darling team, Real Madrid was on Wednesday condemned to a 0-3 loss to PSG in their very first game of this season’s Champions League Competition.

To add insult to their loss, it is a former player of the club, Angel di Maria who was at the heart of that notable defeat at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening as Paris Saint Germain got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to the best start with a 3-0 win.

After just 14 minutes into the game, the Argentine scored the opener from close range with a stabbed finish. He then went on to double his night’s work with a brilliant effort from outside of the box.

The visitors from Madrid were poor in most parts of the game but thought they had earned a lifeline as Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal, only for it to be ruled out by VAR.

Thereafter, the lads from Paris secured what could potentially be a statement victory in their pursuit of their first European triumph as Thomas Meunier and Juan Bernat combined in the latter stages, with the former tucking home a brilliant team goal.

PSG went ahead early in the game with pretty much their very first attack as Juan Bernat found space down the left channel and crossed the ball towards di Maria who just had enough space to prod the ball past Thibaut Courtois at the near post.

Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard who has just returned from an injury spell,  went close to getting an equaliser soon after as he wriggled on the edge of the PSG penalty area but could only fire his shot just wide.

It was however the hosts who got another goal and it was once again through the impressive di Maria. Collecting the ball just outside the box, he set his sights on the bottom corner and drives a wonderful effort whistling in.

As tremendous as di Maria’s second strike was, it seemed as if Bale had topped it later on as he looped a stunning effort over another former Real Madrid player, Keylor Navas in the home goal. The strike was ruled out though for offside due to a handball call via VAR.

The visitors were seriously disappointing in most stages of the match and really struggled to keep their former player, Di Maria quiet. He could have got his hat-trick midway through the second-half but lifted a great effort just over the crossbar.

Real Madrid once again thought they had finally got on the score sheet as Karim Benzema tapped in after picking off a ricochet but once again the strike was ruled out by the referee, this time for offside. The Frenchman then also nodded wide when he really should have scored.

The third and final goal at the Parc des Princes came as Real Madrid were put to the sword and caught cold on the counter-attack.

Intriguingly, it was Bernat and Meunier who broke forwards as the Belgian released the left-back into the box. The Spaniard cut back and rolled the ball to his defensive partner who tucked the ball simply into the net to claim a brilliant victory for PSG.

The visitors really looked disappointed as they left the field in Paris. They were however somewhat lucky with that outcome as the hosts were in a very superlative form all evening and a more emphatic scoreline would not have flattered them whatsoever.

Real Madrid had failed to have any serious impact on the match at all and eventually got what they deserved from the game. PSG really deserved their brilliant victory and one they will hope sets them in positive stead for the rest of the European campaign.