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Di María delights as Paris outmuscle Malmö

Published: Tuesday 15 September 2015, 22.48CET
Paris 2-0 Malmö
Ángel Di María scored the first goal of this season's group stage to set the hosts on their way to an opening Group A success.
by Chris Burke
from Parc des Princes
Di María delights as Paris outmuscle Malmö
Ángel Di María scored an early opener for Paris ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

ParisMalmö

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)69
 
31
Total attempts21
 
4
on target10
 
1
off target9
 
3
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
2
Offsides10
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
8
Passes875
 
280
completed804
 
203

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:08 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 15 September 2015, 22.48CET

Di María delights as Paris outmuscle Malmö

Paris 2-0 Malmö
Ángel Di María scored the first goal of this season's group stage to set the hosts on their way to an opening Group A success.

  • Ángel Di María opens scoring with excellent finish inside four minutes
  • Paris spurn a number of chances in a dominant first half
  • Edinson Cavani doubles lead with second-half header
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović unable to find net against his former club
  • Next games: Malmö v Real Madrid, Shakhtar v Paris (30 September)

Paris Saint-Germain are up and running in UEFA Champions League Group A after being inspired to a 2-0 win against Malmö by new signing Ángel Di María.

The pre-match build-up had centred on a fit-again Zlatan Ibrahimović facing his old club, but it was the newest star in the Paris galaxy who lit up the occasion after just four minutes. Fielded on the right, the €63m summer acquisition from Manchester United raced onto an excellent Marco Verratti pass over the defence and found the far corner with the first goal of this season's competition.

The Argentinian international was not done impressing either, and regained possession before setting up Gregory van der Wiel to swing in a cross that Ibrahimović headed over. He then freed the Malmo native with a lofted ball that forced Johan Wiland to come out and smother a trademark flicked effort from the No10.

Malmö were suffering, and Di María haunted them again with a fine shot whipped centimetres wide, before the visitors had their first real chance, Nikola Djurdjić outmuscling Van der Wiel and slicing beyond the post. With five at the back and only three midfielders, the Swedish champions were nonetheless inviting trouble, and Åge Hareide switched to 4-4-2 at half-time after introducing Vladimir Rodić for Felipe Carvalho.

That helped relieve the pressure, but Paris always looked capable of doubling their lead and did precisely that when Edinson Cavani headed in from Maxwell's cross via an Ibrahimović flick. It then took two superb Wiland saves from Cavani and David Luiz to limit the damage – the points, however, belonged to the hosts.

Di María worth the wait
Man of the match in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, Paris's new No11 picked up where he left off in the competition following his year off from European football with Manchester United. Sensational from the start, he showed why the French title holders were so keen to bring him on board – last year and this.

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Ángel Di María starred for PSG

Ibrahimović off the boil
Put it down to the occasion or the pain he is still suffering in his ribs, but the Malmö alumnus was not quite at the races against the team where he made his professional debut. Caught offside several times, Ibrahimović was likewise clumsy with his touch and finishing – until playing a part in the home side's second goal.

No troubles for Trapp
Under the microscope after his errors against Bordeaux on Friday, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was under pressure to perform. He retained his starting place and enjoyed a quiet night with little scope for making mistakes, receiving ironic cheers for clearing the ball under a little pressure late on.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović closes down Felipe Carvalho

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Ángel Di María is congratulated after scoring

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Marco Verratti is blocked by Yoshimar Yotún

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Edinson Cavani salutes after his goal

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Edinson Cavani enjoys his effort

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Ezequiel Lavezzi roars with delight

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Laurent Blanc congratulates his players

Last updated: 11/11/15 16.48CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

malmö

Malmö

16
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
1
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
3
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
6
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Yellow Card65
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
8
AduEnoch Kofi Adu
Yellow Card57
Substitution85
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal61
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg (C)
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution75
13
YotúnYoshimar Yotún
11
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal4
Substitution85
17
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
Yellow Card64
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
21
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
17
MaxwellMaxwell
23
BergetJo Inge Berget
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
25
CarvalhoFelipe Carvalho
Substitution46
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card71
28
DjurdjićNikola Djurdjić

Substitutes

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
29
AnderssonFredrik Andersson (GK)
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
5
RakipErdal Rakip
Substitution85
7
LucasLucas
10
MolinsGuillermo Molins
20
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
19
Wolff EikremMagnus Wolff Eikrem
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution85
20
RodićVladimir Rodić
Substitution46
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
22
SanaTobias Sana
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution75
26
VindheimAndreas Vindheim

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Demeshko (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution