PSG Thump Bayern 3-0 in Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain’s new signings Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have proved too hot for Bayern Munich with the big-spending French side cruising to a 3-0 Champions League win.
Chelsea snatched a late 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid, Barcelona edged Sporting Lisbon 1-0 and Juventus enjoyed a 2-0 win over Olympiakos, while Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace as Manchester United coasted to a 4-1 triumph at CSKA Moscow.
There were also wins for five-goal Basel over Benfica, Roma 2-1 over Qarabag FK, and Celtic 3-0 over Anderlecht on match day two of the group stage.
Neymar and Mbappe set up goals for Dani Alves and Edinson Cavani respectively, and Neymar made it three as PSG punished German champions Bayern.
Neymar dribbled in from the left into the area to play square to an unmarked Alves to score after just 84 seconds in Paris.
Bayern recovered from the early shock but went further behind when Mbappe held the ball up for Edinson Cavani to hit a side-footed shot from the edge of the area into the roof of the net.
The third followed in the 63rd minute with a strong run through midfield by Alves and some neat play in the box by Mbappe whose cross was blocked by Javi Martinez, only for Neymar to pounce at close range.
PSG are used to dominating possession but coach Unai Emery said he was happy that his side showed they are tactically flexible enough to cope when they come up against other top teams.
“We defended very well and the three players up front played a great match because we had space up front. It was a good game from a tactical point of view,” he said.
In Moscow, Lukaku put United ahead against CSKA with a fourth-minute header and made it three in the 27th following an Anthony Martial penalty.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a fourth in the 57th minute, with the home side scoring a late consolation through Konstantin Kuchaev.
“If we had a plan it collapsed with the first missed ball. The level of the game fell very much, we did not have time,” CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko said.
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