PARIS (AP) – Kylian Mbappé showed no respect to the old woman.
PSG’s star striker scored two superb goals on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain opened their Champions League campaign with a dominant display in a 2-1 win over Juventus.
At 23 years and 260 days, Mbappé became the youngest player to score 35 goals in Europe’s top club competition, taking the record from his teammate Lionel Messi, who was 47 days older when he scored. Target reached.
PSG have never beaten Juventus in their last eight meetings.
But their last game ended in 1997, and the tide has now turned in favor of the French league champions and their armada of world-class players.
Mbappé and his team-mates were in complete control throughout the first half, with Neymar and Messi putting on brilliant displays of dribbles and passes.
Juventus had a good 10-minute spell in the second half after American midfielder Weston McKinney pulled one back, ensuring a tense finish. PSG’s defense looked nervous towards the end but withstood the pressure.
In another Group H match, Benfica beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0.
Amidst a raucous atmosphere as PSG’s ultras let off steam, the hosts immediately regained possession.
PSG threatened down the left flank with the pace and dribbles of Nuno Mendes and broke the deadlock five minutes into the game. An inspired Neymar flicked the ball past the Juventus defense into the path of Mbappe’s run, who fired an instant right-footed volley into the back of the net.
Weakened by injuries, Juventus tried to respond at the break, but Dusan Vlaović and Arkadiusz Malik had only a couple of goals in the box.
Having joined from PSG’s fierce rivals Marseille during the off-season, Malik had a great chance in the 19th minute when he connected with a cross, only for it to be headed from close range by PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. was removed
PSG soon doubled their lead thanks to a fine one-touch football move by Marco Verratti. With Juventus creating plenty of space at the back, the Italian midfielder fed the ball to Mbappé, who did a double with Achraf Hakimi in the box before slotting past Matias Perrin with another pinpoint volley.
Mbappé has now scored 29 Champions League goals in a PSG jersey, just one short of Edinson Cavani’s club record.
“He played very well with two great goals,” PSG coach Christophe Gaultier said. I’m very happy with his game, and when our three attacking players are connected in the same way and with the wing backs our game is lively and exciting. Warning – and it is very dangerous for our opponents.
PSG continued to dominate after the break, but Mbappe made a poor choice in the 51st when he ran into the penalty area and decided to try his luck – missing the target – instead of passing the ball to Neymar. Do, who was free at the back post. .
Donnarumma’s mistake then gave Juventus hope of taking a point. The Italian goalkeeper misjudged a cross from the left and was too far off his line and off-balance as McKinney jumped high above the defenders to head the ball home.
The goal changed the momentum for a few minutes and the visitors went close to equalizing as Vlaovic’s header forced Donnarumma into a diving save. PSG were under pressure in the final 10 minutes and Manuel Locatelli almost made a mistake from Nordi Mukelli.
“We have things to work on. It’s normal, it’s the Champions League,” Mbappe said. “If it was easy, we would have won it already.”