Parisian message delivered with Real thrashing

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 20 Sep 2019

Paris Saint-Germain launched another quest for Champions League success with a statement win over Real Madrid.

The French giants have failed to make their mark in Europe, crashing out of the Champions League in the last 16 in each of the past three years despite huge sums spent by their Qatari owners.

But with Neymar suspended and Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani out injured, Angel Di Maria stepped up with two goals in PSG's 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes.

Thomas Meunier added the third late on as Real were soundly beaten in their Group A opener. "We have to play like this all the time - with character and hunger," PSG captain Thiago Silva said.

The nature of the loss underscored the work ahead for Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who admitted PSG "were superior to us in everything they did - and in intensity, which annoys me the most."

Atletico Madrid came back from two down in the final 20 minutes for a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus in Group D.

The anticipated clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix, a teenager touted as heir to Ronaldo's throne, took a backseat to Atletico's comeback from goals by Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi for Juventus.

Stefan Savic nodded home from close in, then substitute Hector Herrera headed in a corner in the final minute.

Manchester City rolled to a 3-0 win over Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk in Group C, while German powerhouse Bayern Munich beat visitors Red Star Belgrade by the same score in Group D.

Elsewhere, Tottenham blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Group B rivals Olympiakos.

A Harry Kane penalty and a Lucas Moura strike put Spurs 2-0 up after 30 minutes, but Daniel Podence cut the deficit before the break and Mathieu Valbuena leveled from the spot in the second half.

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