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PSG 2-1 Juventus: Player Ratings as Mbappe bags brace in UCL opener

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The Parisians found a winning start to their new Champions League campaign.

Paris Saint-Germain defeated Juventus 2-1 in their Champions League match on Tuesday. Juve put up a decent fight but couldn’t prevent the Parisians from winning their first European game of the new season.

Mbappe seals the win!

PSG started the game by shocking their opponents with an early goal. Following a sublime assist from Neymar, Kylian Mbappe received the ball inside the six-yard box before smashing it past Mattia Perin.

PSG completely took control of the game after the goal, pushing to double their lead.

The Parisians found what they were looking for when Mbappe completed his brace in the 22nd minute. A quick one-two between the French star and Achraf Hakimi opened up Juve’s defence on the edge of the box.

The World Cup winner then rifled the ball past Perin with a precise striker to the bottom-left corner.

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PSG had several more chances to increase their lead before halftime but couldn’t convert their chances.

Their opponents, on the other hand, looked much improved in the second period. The Italian giants managed to get around PSG’s pressing with long passes, creating chances deep inside their opponents’ half.

The Bianconeri finally got back into the game when Weston McKennie made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side made a host of other chances through crosses from both sides. However, they weren’t able to score the equalizer as PSG kept pressuring them on the counter-attacks.

PSG pushed to increase their lead in the final minutes but had to settle for the narrow win.

The Parisians will now prepare to meet Brest in Ligue 1 while Juve return to Italy to host Salernitana.

Player Ratings

PSG: Donnarumma (5); Ramos (6), Marquinhos (6), Kimpembe (6); Hakimi (6), Verratti (8), Vitinha (7), N. Mendes (5); Messi (7); Mbappé (8), Neymar (8).

Bench: Mukiele (7), Pereira (6), Soler (6), Sanches (-).

Juventus: Perin (6); Danilo (7), Bonucci (6), Bremer (6); Cuadrado (7), Miretti (6), Paredes (7), Rabiot (7), Kostic (7); Milik (6), Vlahovic (6).

Bench: De Sciglio (6), Locatelli (7), McKennie (7), Kean (-).