They say a player shouldn’t celebrate against a former club, well Ángel Di María obviously didn’t get the memo as his two goals gave Paris Saint-Germain a superb win over Real Madrid to begin the Champions League group stage.
So often a figure of frustration in an Argentina shirt, Di María has been in terrific form for PSG for a while now and on his 100th appearance in the competition, El Fideo was too much to handle for his former employers.
Man of the match in the final when Real Madrid lifted their 10th European Cup in 2014, Di María was back to his best on Wednesday, opening the scoring to beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post after quarter of an hour.
And doubling the lead with a wonderful finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_espanol) September 19, 2019
Mauro Icardi also made a promising Champions League debut for PSG despite not getting on the scoresheet and it was left to Thomas Meunier to wrap up the 3-0 win.
In Group F, Lionel Messi returned from injury in Barcelona’s goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund.
The Argentina captain replaced 16-year-old Ansu Fati on the hour mark but couldn’t help Barça break the deadlock in Germany. After weeks out with a calf injury, Barcelona will be hoping to have Messi back up to full speed as quickly as possible.
The 🐐 is back. pic.twitter.com/MyJm8LdwFr
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 17, 2019
In Messi’s absence for Argentina, Lautaro Martínez has flourished but after the striker’s hat-trick against Mexico recently, Martínez was unable to give Inter Milan victory over Slavia Prague in the same group.
Inter had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Czech club and it’s Messi’. Barcelona next up in Group F for the Nerazzurri.
Nicolás Tagliafico continued his fine form with a goal and an assist in Ajax’s Group H win over Lille.
Two goals at the weekend in domestic competition, Tagliafico carried that into the Champions League with a thumping header to wrap up a comfortable win for Ajax.
¡Victoria, gol y asistencia! ¡Feliz por este gran estreno en la @LigadeCampeones!
— Nico Tagliafico (@nico_taglia) September 17, 2019