Mbappe leads PSG to 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund:”With a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, Paris St. Germain made a good start in their Champions League campaign and demonstrated some of their potential under new coach Luis Enrique.”
A penalty kick by Kylian Mbappe in the second half and a second goal by Achraf Hakimi gave PSG the lead and sealed the victory at Parc des Princes.
This victory, PSG’s third in six competitive games this season, brought much-needed solace after their most recent loss. They established a possession-based style of play under Enrique’s direction.
With three points, PSG is presently in first place in Group F, two points ahead of Newcastle United and AC Milan, who earlier on Tuesday drew 0-0. Player of the game Vitinha said, “It was important to start this campaign with a win.”
When asked what he enjoyed best about his squad, Enrique said, “What I liked the most? We were reliable. We were all running at full throttle the entire game, it was obvious.
Throughout the entire game, we played better. The most crucial thing was to attack and make opportunities. Because of our possession, we prevailed in the game. While PSG may not have played brilliantly the entire game, they controlled the middle and reduced Borussia Dortmund’s danger.
They played much better in the second half, particularly after Mbappe calmly converted a penalty with four minutes remaining. When Donyell Malen gained space in the PSG area, Dortmund had an early opportunity, but Gianluigi Donnarumma easily stopped Malen’s shot.
Vitinha, who had a significant presence in the middle of the field during the first half, gave PSG a response when his hard shot from just outside the box hit the woodwork.
PSG didn’t have much of a cutting edge in the first half, but they quickly developed a rhythm. In the 49th minute, Mbappe converted a penalty after being set up in the area by Ousmane Dembele and defender Hakimi. This was Mbappe’s 11th goal in his past nine Champions League outings.
With a deft outside-of-the-boot chip in the 58th minute, Hakimi increased PSG’s advantage.
Vitinha provided a wonderful setup after a well-executed passing move. Borussia failed to pose a serious danger as PSG maintained control of the game’s last 30 minutes and kept a clean sheet. Julien Pretot reported; Ken Ferris and Clare Fallon edited.