Paris St. Germain’s breakthrough came from Kylian Mbappe as they defeated Borussia Dortmund to begin their Champions League campaign. On the 49th minute, Mbappe converted a penalty after Nicklas Sule handled his attempt. When Vitinha and Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi successfully teamed to double the advantage for the home team, PSG increased their lead. The French team is in Group F with AC Milan and Newcastle.
PSG dominated in terms of possession and opportunities, but Dortmund kept them at bay for significant stretches, particularly in the first half.
Mbappe scored the game’s first goal in the second half with a comfortably taken penalty, and Achraf Hakimi added a second to give PSG the win at Parc des Princes. The victory is significant for PSG because it follows a recent loss and is just their third in six competitive games this year. They carried out Enrique’s possession-based strategies during the game with success. With this outcome, PSG now has three points in Group F, two more than Newcastle United and AC Milan, who earlier on Tuesday drew 0-0. Vitinha, who won player of the match, said, “It was important to start this campaign with a win.”
In the first 45 minutes, Randal Kolo Muani had a shot from the edge of the box deflected over the crossbar, while Vitinha had a rebounded 18-yard attempt strike the post. PSG believed they should have been awarded a penalty when a corner hit Sule in the hand just before halftime, but they were disallowed after a visual assistance referee (VAR) review. However, the decision was reversed in the second half.
Mbappe’s close-range shot struck Sule’s hand, and VAR confirmed the on-field call of a penalty. Mbappe personally took the penalty kick and blasted the ball into the bottom right corner, beating custodian Gregor Kobel.
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Due to their domination in the midfield, PSG remained in charge of the game despite the home team’s lack of outstanding play. Mbappe’s penalty conversion in the 49th minute, his 11th goal in his past nine Champions League outings, gave them the lead early in the second half. In the 58th minute, Hakimi added to PSG’s advantage with a well-placed chip that Vitinha helped set up after a deft series of passes. PSG maintained control during the final 30 minutes, keeping Borussia Dortmund from posing a serious danger and keeping a clean sheet.
The win puts PSG at the top of the group and gives them a good start in the Champions League under their new manager. Their following test will be a trip to face Newcastle United.
Dortmund, on the other hand, failed to get going and will need to become better before their upcoming group-stage match against AC Milan. PSG will want to capitalise on this performance as they face the challenges of the Champions League as they enter a period of change with the departure of key players and the arrival of new arrivals. Mats Hummels, who scored twice in a 4-2 victory against Freiburg at the weekend, headed an early corner over before Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped Donyell Malen’s attempt for Dortmund.
The game demonstrated PSG’s potential under Enrique and gave fans hope for a successful season in the top club league in Europe.