Trophee des Champions: Monaco 1 – 2 PSG

Dani Alves made a competitive debut to remember as Paris Saint-Germain struck a psychological blow in Ligue 1 by coming from behind to defeat Monaco 2-1 and win the Trophee des Champions.

 

PSG’s audacious pursuit of Barcelona superstar Neymar has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, but it was Brazil team-mate Alves, signed on a free transfer from Juventus, that announced himself to the club’s faithful in stunning fashion in Saturday’s curtain raiser in Morocco.

The evergreen 34-year-old, playing in the unfamiliar position on the right of a front-three, blasted in a long-range free-kick shortly after the restart to cancel out Djibril Sidibe’s expertly taken first-half opener.

And Alves’ brilliant cross was headed home by Adrien Rabiot just after the hour to secure PSG a fifth consecutive Trophee des Champions victory.

The result puts into focus the challenge Monaco, who saw late penalty claims for handball against Rabiot dismissed, face in defending their shock Ligue 1 title victory this season.

Leonardo Jardim’s men swashbuckled their way to the championship last term, but have lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko during the close-season, while the jewel in their attacking crown Kylian Mbappe is being heavily linked with a €180million move to Real Madrid.

PSG coach Unai Emery will be fully aware that the pressure is on this season to at a minimum regain the Ligue 1 title, but, with or without Neymar, they appear fully equipped to do just that.

Mbappe was impressive throughout for Monaco and the France forward had the ball in the back of the net in the fifth minute, but the goal was rightly ruled offside.

At the other end, Rabiot combined with Layvin Kurzawa before teeing up Alves, whose half-volley Danijel Subasic spilled before the Monaco goalkeeper recovered to deny Edinson Cavani.

The lively nature of the match continued and Jemerson made a superb block to deny Cavani sweeping in Kurzawa’s centre at the end of a lightning PSG break.

PSG began to stamp their authority on the match, but their failure to take advantage proved costly as Monaco opened the scoring with a fine breakaway goal on the half hour.

Monaco gained possession in PSG territory and debutant Youri Tielemans’ exquisite throughball was collected by Sidibe, who provided an equally brilliant dink over Alphonse Areola.

Radamel Falcao had the opportunity to double the lead when he met Sidibe’s teasing right-wing cross with a powerful header that cleared the crossbar.

But PSG were level in stunning fashion in the 51st minute when Alves smashed in a 30-yard free-kick to the left of Subasic that barely span as it nestled in the goal.

Rabiot then muscled in front of Kamil Glik to head wide from an Alves centre, but the same combination proved more fruitful in the 63rd minute.

Javier Pastore released Alves on the right of the box and he hung up a perfect cross for Rabiot to hammer his header past Subasic.

PSG were grateful to Areola for making a low save down to his right to keep out Guido Carrillo’s powerful downward header, while Thiago Silva made a fine block from Thomas Lemar’s follow-up.

Monaco had late claims for a penalty waved away when Rabiot seemingly controlled a Lemar cross with his arm, but Emery’s men withstood a late surge to once again begin their season with silverware.

ICC: PSG 2 – 3 Juventus

 

Juventus recorded a thrilling 3-2 victory against PSG thanks to a goal from Claudio Marchisio.

 

A second-half brace from Marchisio helped Juventus to a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the International Champions Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain produced a classy finish on the stroke of half-time to give the Serie A champions a lead at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

But a Goncalo Guedes goal, set up by the impressive Angel Di Maria, saw PSG level early in the second half on Wednesday.

Marchisio scored superbly from 20 yards in the 62nd minute, but Javier Pastore levelled once more for PSG.

However, Juve would not be denied a third time as Marchisio converted from the penalty spot for the match-winner in the 89th minute.

Marco Verratti and Di Maria, both linked with moves from PSG, started, while Dani Alves began on the bench for the clash against his former club.

Juve made an energetic start and Paulo Dybala should have opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

The Argentina international cut in from the right before curling a shot just wide as he aimed for the far corner.

PSG slowly built into the clash, Blaise Matuidi squandering a good chance from a cross before Di Maria forced a diving save from Gianluigi Buffon.

Dybala then went close twice approaching the half-hour mark, forcing Alphonse Areola to save a free-kick before curling a set-piece just wide.

PSG forward Edinson Cavani had the ball in the back of the net in the 33rd minute, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Juve looked more dangerous throughout the opening 45 minutes and they deservedly went ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Higuain played a one-two with Dybala before clipping a finish past Areola and into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Juve made 10 changes at the break – with only Buffon staying on – while PSG introduced eight new substitutes.

It was a frantic start to the second half, Stefano Sturaro almost doubling Juve’s lead as he struck the post after a Mattia De Sciglio pass, while Giovani Lo Celso forced Buffon into a save before PSG equalised in the 53rd minute.

Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa exchanged passes down the left before the former poked a pass to the back post, where Guedes tapped in.

A crucial touch from Buffon denied Jese Rodriguez before Marchisio restored Juve’s lead in style.

Kurzawa gave the ball away cheaply and Moise Kean ran at the PSG defence before playing a pass across the area, Marchisio producing a superb first-time finish from 20 yards.

But PSG responded again, a brave Pastore header from a Kurzawa cross making it 2-2 in the 80th minute.

However, Marchisio would score the winner, striking a penalty down the middle after Kean was brought down by Presnel Kimpembe.

Roma 1 – 1 PSG (Pen: 3 – 5)


Paris Saint-Germain overcame AS Roma on penalties at the International Champions Cup.

Dani Alves made his debut for PSG as the Ligue 1 giants edged Roma on penalties at the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.

Alves, who signed for PSG earlier this month despite being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, started at right-back in the 1-1 draw at Comerica Park.

Marquinhos gave PSG a 36th-minute lead after a somewhat scrappy first half, but Roma were the better side in the second.

Umar Sadiq levelled proceedings on the hour-mark and Roma had two penalty shouts turned down in a lively second half before penalties were needed to separate the teams.

Only Gerson failed to convert in the shoot-out, with Marquinhos scoring the decisive penalty in the 5-3 success.

While Alves made his debut for PSG, who are linked with Barcelona star Neymar, recruits Hector Moreno and Lorenzo Pellegrini started for Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma.

Both teams consistently broke down in the attacking third in the opening exchanges, although Jese Rodriguez had a great chance in the 21st minute.

The forward was put through but was unable to get the ball under control and the opportunity was wasted.

PSG took a deserved lead nine minutes prior to half-time.

Thiago Motta tried to play a one-two with Jese but went down under a challenge, the ball falling to Marquinhos to put away from inside the area.

The Ligue 1 giants continued to threaten to finish the half, Lucas Moura shooting straight at Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a smart Javier Pastore run.

Both teams made changes at the break and it took time for the substitutes to settle in Detroit.

Alves was perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty in the 57th minute, the Brazilian bringing down Diego Perotti with a slide tackle in the area, only to collect the ball afterwards.

Roma levelled on the hour-mark through 20-year-old forward Sadiq.

A pass over the top from Gerson saw Sadiq put in behind and the Nigerian finished through Alphonse Areola’s legs from an angle.

Daniele De Rossi, who came off the bench, was the next to go close, the midfielder’s 25-yard free-kick tipped over by Areola in the 65th minute.

The lively Umar was then brought down by Presnel Kimpembe in the area, but penalty pleas were again dismissed.

Blaise Matuidi had three late chances for PSG, including blazing over from close range and missing two one-on-ones as a shoot-out followed.

After the first five penalties were converted, Gerson failed to hit the target with his spot-kick as Roma were beaten.

 

Paris SG 4 – 0 Rennes


Ibra scored 2 goals as PSG destroyed Rennes with a whopping 4 – 0 victory in Ligue 1 on Friday night.

The French champions managed to match their own Ligue 1 points record from 2013-2014. PSG still has three more league games remaining, giving them a chance to beat the 89 points mark. If you want to keep track of Les Parisiens matches, visit PSG Live scores.

Laurent Blanc’s side has made five changes after their win against Lille in the Coupe de la Lige final.

In the second half, they scored two goals in 4 minutes, with Maxwell starting the rally with a wonderful goal before Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck from close range.

After Edinson Cavani hit the crossbar, Ibra got his second goal of the night, making the result 3-0. It was a one-sided match, as Cavani sealed the deal in stoppage time to make it 4-0.

PSG’s goalkeeper wasn’t quite busy in this match, as he was playing against a team who have picked up only one point from their last four matches.

AJ Auxerre 1-1 PSG

Auxerre has managed to “hook” PSG and get a point in the final minutes on the match of the 32nd day (1-1).

Auxerre – Paris SG 1-1
Goals: Le Tallec (86th) – Nene (18th)

PSG missed a golden opportunity to return to the tune of Montpellier conceding a draw against Auxerre on Sunday. The Parisians have a great start the meeting by opening the scoring early, but were finally being overtaken late in the game. Blame it on a questionable attitude and a very brave team of Auxerre.

A solid start

After the missteps of MHSC, defeated on the lawn of Lorient on Sunday (2-1), Paris had the opportunity to pick up and even take the championship lead when goleada. Unfortunately, the Parisians have granted a new tie and a new faith disappointed when they had a golden opportunity here. Things had started well for Ancelotti’s team. Gameiro, tenure at the point of attack proved to be very active and difficult for the defense of Auxerre, undermined by the movements of the French center forward. And shortly before the half hour mark, he made the difference by serving perfectly Nene at the entrance to the surface, which then directed the race and the perfect shot for mistaken Sorin (23rd).

Of Auxerrois concerned

Auxerre, far from being sounded and also engaged in a battle even harder, then took advantage of this invitation to put pressure on the camp of Paris. But the technical errors of the collective Auxerrois have made it almost all attempts fruitless forays. Almost as some players like Camel Chafni have finally shown their talent to throw a chill in the Paris team. The Moroccan party on the left side, was based on Oliech before Bisevac feint with an inner hook and hitting power in the post … (53). A shot of hot Sirigu, who would save his team a few minutes later, slamming a head Oliech on a cross from the left (60th).

A difference in attitude

Nevertheless, it is Paris that would be the biggest regret of the evening when Nene, served in depth by Menez, left alone and ignored Gameiro goal at the far post to try a dribble (unsuccessful) to Sorin. The goal of the ultimate break then escaped to Paris and Auxerre, far from being cooled, was launched with even more enthusiasm in the assault. Enthusiasm perfectly embodied by Kossoko, far from perfect technically, but very aggressive and almost inevitably led to the equalization Auxerroise. Quite late in the game, the French striker got the better of Bisevac and struck out in force at the near post, forcing the ball to push Sirigu. Oliech, which was well attended, and caused a favorable against Le Tallec, placed near the penalty spot, pushed the ball into the goal almost empty (87th), to crucify the PSG. Unable to keep the score, or make the break, Parisians leave obviously disappointed and upset. For Auxerre, this is the bare minimum to maintain hope.