Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.
While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into his PSG side, there have still been question marks over the Argentine’s fitness.
This is a player that has not kicked a ball competitively in months after being exiled by Inter Milan last season.
Icardi is on loan at the Parisien side, with the hope of securing a permanent move if things go to plan.
While the statistics show a rather even game in terms of possession, 50% apiece. The fact of what was done with that possession tells a very different story.
The early stages of the game saw PSG take that possession and swarm the Galatasaray goal.
With the home side offering little or nothing constructive when they had the ball.
The atmosphere is always hostile at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, and tonight was no different.
But a PSG side that still had no Mbappe in the starting 11, and no Cavani or Neymar even in the squad seemed unaffected by the noise.
While there were opportunities, there was nothing definitive in what could be described as a mediocre first half.
Halftime: Galatasaray 0 – 0 PSG.
The second half saw more slick passing from the French Champions, as they demonstrated their skillful superiority.
So much so seven minutes after the restart, their patience paid off.
The ball finding its way to the feet of Mauro Icardi who made no mistake from close range to bury the ball in the back of the net.
52 minutes on the clock, Galatasaray 0- 1 PSG.
The fitness concerns started to show in Icardi only minutes after he scored on the hour mark. This saw him substituted and a long-awaited return for Kylian Mbappe.
The visitors could have had more but for some woeful finishing from Angel Di Maria.
PSG keeper Keylor Navas had little to do on a night that heard more booing from the crowd than cheering.
He made the one save he was required to do when the home side had there only shot of the night on goal.
The win leaves PSG flying high at the top of Group A with two wins out of two. Galatasaray is in third place, above Real Madrid by virtue of goal difference.
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— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 1, 2019