PSG's 2-0 Win Over Borussia Dortmund
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) got off to a strong start in their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, offering glimpses of their potential under new coach Luis Enrique.
Kylian Mbappe demonstrated his prowess once again, opening the scoring with a second-half penalty. Achraf Hakimi added a second goal with a fine finish, as PSG's patient approach paid off.
This win, their third in six competitive games this season, brought much-needed relief to the Ligue 1 champions following their first defeat over the weekend. PSG showcased Enrique's possession-oriented style effectively.
PSG now leads Group F with three points, with a two-point advantage over AC Milan and Newcastle United, who played to a 0-0 draw earlier on Tuesday.
Man of the match Vitinha commented, "It was important to start this campaign with a win."
Coach Luis Enrique emphasized the team's consistency, saying, "What I liked the most? We were consistent. It was clear we were all full gas during the whole game. We were better during the whole game. The most important was to attack and create chances. We won the match thanks to our possession."
While PSG didn't display remarkable brilliance during the match, they were rarely in danger thanks to their midfield dominance. The turning point came when Kylian Mbappe calmly converted a penalty just four minutes into the second half, marking his 11th goal in his last nine Champions League appearances.
Borussia Dortmund had an early chance when Donyell Malen found space in the PSG area, but his shot was comfortably saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
PSG responded with Vitinha, who had been controlling the midfield, hitting the woodwork with a fine shot from outside the area. Vitinha had another opportunity later, but his attempt was deflected over the bar.
The breakthrough for PSG arrived when Ousmane Dembele combined with fullback Hakimi on the right flank, setting up Mbappe in the area. Mbappe's shot was handled by Niklas Suele, leading to a penalty that he confidently converted in the 49th minute.
Hakimi extended PSG's lead in the 58th minute with a delicate chip, assisted superbly by Vitinha following a precise passing sequence.
With a two-goal lead, PSG controlled the final 30 minutes of the game and maintained a clean sheet as Borussia Dortmund failed to pose a significant threat.