Paris Saint-Germain FC 3-1 FC Salzburg
Nenê, Mathieu Bodmer and Jérémy Menez all found the net as PSG enjoyed an impressive start to their Group F campaign against Salzburg.
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Nenê, Mathieu Bodmer and Jérémy Menez were all on target as Paris Saint-Germain FC enjoyed an excellent start to their Group F campaign against FC Salzburg.
The French club and their array of high-profile signings have not yet hit top gear in Ligue 1, but they offered a tantalising glimpse of what may lie in store with a slick attacking display that extended the club's unbeaten home run in Europe to 17 games.
Bodmer's stunning strike moments after a Nenê penalty had broken the deadlock effectively ended the visitors' hopes, although Menez made sure with a third midway through the second half. Ibrahim Sekagya registered an 87th-minute consolation, heading in Jakob Jantscher's free-kick, yet the Austrian Bundesliga leaders will be targeting an improvement at home to ŠK Slovan Bratislava on 29 September, when PSG travel to Athletic Club.
Antoine Kombouaré's charges were quickly out of the blocks, Nenê stinging Eddie Gustafsson's gloves before Mevlüt Erdinç fired over. With the elegant Javier Pastore pulling the strings, it seemed a matter of time before the hosts scored. The opener duly arrived on 35 minutes, Franz Schiemer tripping Menez and allowing Nenê to convert from the spot.
As Ricardo Moniz's men looked to regroup, Pastore threatened again, gliding past three defenders only to see his low effort stopped by Gustafsson's foot. Yet the home fans were soon celebrating a superb second, Erdinç crossing deep for Bodmer, whose thunderous right-footed volley flew into the top corner.
Moniz had promised his side would attack, but while Leonardo and Stefan Maierhofer both drew saves from Nicolas Douchez in the opening period, the second half was more one-sided. Erdinç missed after being played clean through and his replacement Kevin Gameiro was denied by Gustafsson, before Menez added a third, finishing clinically after latching onto Rasmus Lindgren's loose pass. Sekagya's late effort restored respectability for Salzburg, but it was stylish PSG who took the plaudits.