Kylian Mbappé converted a penalty in the 49th minute and Achraf Hakimi scored after a great play with Vicinha (59th minute) to score the home goal.
Vitinya’s “Master Class”
With a mischievous smile on his face during the Champions League national anthem, Mbappé began a new journey towards Orajona with the desire to go.
Not even three minutes had passed and he had already broken Marius Wolff’s hip twice. He started on the left side and harmonized the gazelle attack perfected by Randal Kolo Muani, who was making his first start, and Ousmane Dembele.
Joining this trio in the French team was Portuguese Vicinha, who provided a real masterclass as a midfield leader.
The omnipresent little playmaker has the impossible task of bringing to the game the imagination left behind in the days of Leo Messi, Neymar and Marco Verratti. The last two still exist, with large posters of their faces plastered on the door of PSG’s headquarters.
Vicinha’s best chances in the first half were a shot that hit the post in the 20th minute and a shot deflected by a defender in the 30th minute.
Luis Enrique stamp
True to his book, Luis Enrique did not hesitate to bet on youth in his first Champions League match since leaving Barcelona in 2017.From the irreplaceable teenagers Pedri and Gabi of the Spanish team to the average players Manuel Ugarte, 22, and “Boy” Warren Zaire-Emery, 17, escorted Vicinha, 23.
The “Lucho” troops fulfilled the table of commandments exactly. In other words, it was constant pressure and instant recovery when defending, and an electric possession game when attacking.
Dortmund faltered from the start and almost couldn’t find the back of the net. The biggest chance, Donyell Malen’s ‘solo’ shot, hit Gianluigi Donnarumma (21) in the hand.
Furthermore, the German team lost Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer 15 minutes later, replaced by Felix Nmeka.
Despite the local siege and sense of superiority (PSG’s 79% possession), the team went into half-time tied with a shot between the three bars.
to the rhythm of queen
The passing of the locker room was a blessing for PSG. A reinvigorated Dembélé burst down the right flank with his first play, and his cross to Mbappé found the support of Nicklas Süle.
After being assessed by VAR, a penalty was awarded and the PSG captain hit the post, marking the prodigy’s eighth goal of the season and a record 41st goal in 62 Champions League games.
Released 1-0, PSG activated their fun mode. Vicinha controlled the midfielder and danced around the German defense accompanied by Hakimi, who finished the colorful action on the outside.
Nothing else happened on the lawn. PSG, led by coach Luis Enrique, began warming up to the rhythm of “We Will Rock You” and eventually listened to “We Are the Champions” as the first step towards a European epic. At the end, we knew we wanted to close out the game and get back together. The legendary Queen’s concert ended with two linked songs.