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UEFA Champions League

  • September 18, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 42536

Live Commentary

  • It's full-time in Paris, but stay with for match reports and analysis from across Europe in tonight's eight games, including Porto's win over Dinamo Zagreb, and Real Madrid's thrilling finish against Man City. I'll be back tomorrow with LIVE! coverage of Lille v BATE Borisov. Until then, good night!
  • Breathtaking at times. PSG have announced themselves on the European stage with a thumping victory. Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alex and Pastore the scorers, and the Ligue 1 side have gone top of Group A.
  • 90' + 3'
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Nené
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Javier Pastore
  • 90' + 1'
    GOOALL!! PSG MAKE IT 4-1! Pastore gets in on the act, after a swift counter-attack. Nene with the assist, and it's a fine effort from the number 27 who slides it under Koval.
  • 90'
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Nené
  • 89'
    The visitors have been reinvigorated by their opening goal, and are now causing PSG one or two problems as we head into injury time. Brown becoming more involving.
  • 88'
    It's no more a consolation for Dynamo, who have been rather poor with Ideye Brown isolated up front. But what a finish from the Portuguese international.
  • 87'
    Assist Andriy Yarmolenko
  • 87'
    Goal Miguel Veloso
    GOAL! OUT OF THE BLUE! Miguel Veloso with a wonderful curling finish past Sirigu who was confused after a number of players crowding the goal. It swerved in, brilliant finish!
  • 84'
    Khacheridi is ordered off the field for some attention from the physio, but he re-joins play as Lavezzi skips past numerous opposition players before being barged down by Betao. No free-kick.
  • 82'
    Brillaint slow-mo replay of Verratti dispossessing Miguel Veloso. Nene finds Lavezzi, who cuts in, but cannot get past substitute Betao.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionThiago Silva Zoumana Camara
  • 80'
    It's a third and final substitution for PSG, with goalscorer and debutant Thiago Silva coming off for Zoumana Camara.
  • 79'
    Lavezzi concedes a free-kick after lunging late on Taye Taiwo, with the boos still continuing. In 2011, after Marseille's League Cup win, Taiwo was banned for an anti-PSG slur.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionNiko Kranjcar Oleh Husyev
  • 77'
    SubstitutionJérémy Menez Nené
  • 77'
    It's Kranjcar off for Gusev, with Nene replacing the impressive Jeremy Menez.
  • 76'
    PASTORE! Good attempt, dragged wide. The Argentine receives a pass in off the edge of the area by Jallet, but he shoots just past the post. Substitutions coming up.
  • 75'
    Menez flicks on for Pastore, who cleverly finds Lavezzi, on a run into the penalty box, but he stumbles under the challenge of Khacheridi.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionZlatan Ibrahimovic Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 73'
    By chance, this is Ezequiel Lavezzi's first PSG game for almost a month. His last outing came on August 20th v Ajaccio - having been sent off, and missing two games. He was rested for the win over Toulouse at the weekend.
  • 72'
    Well well well, PSG have made their first substitution of the game. And it's Ibrahimovic off to a standing ovation, being replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
  • 71'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! He's Mr Audacious isn't he, and another chip from deep after spotting Koval just centimetres off his line. In the end, it's an easy save for the young goalkeeper.
  • 69'
    Matuidi instigates a fast counter-attack after a poor Dynamo move feebly broke down. Ibrahimovic takes possession, being tussled around by Raffael, with the Swede losing the ball.
  • 67'
    Ibrahimovic with a pretty audacious strike from far in distance, shooting from 40 yards out. It goes nowhere near the intended target though.
  • 66'
    A distinctly average feel to PSG's game so far, with the hosts well and truly wrapping up this game in the first 45 minutes.
  • 65'
    25 minutes left in the Champions League Group A fixture, with Miguel Veloso penalised for a challenge on Marco Verratti.
  • 63'
    The Marco Verratti show continues, and the young Italian has been master of the pass in the first 63 minutes. This is his Champions League debut, mind.
  • 62'
    Blaise Matuidi has been penalised for handball, with Bjorn Kuipers quick to reprimand the player and award a free-kick to the visitors.
  • 60'
    Passing the hour mark in the French capital, and les Parisiens are calmly getting slowly getting back into their rhythm.
  • 58'
    PSG happy to sit on their three goal lead at the moment, with the Ukrainians seeing more of the ball this half, than most of the first half.
  • 56'
    Matuidi, who has been rather efficient and unassuming in his defensive play thus far this evening, finds Verratti who again is the architect of a fine ball to Jallet on the other flank.
  • 55'
    Poor challenge from Jallet who takes down Taiwo who was about to surge past the captain. Moments before, the right-back crossed in low, before Raffael cleared his lines.
  • 54'
    Kranjcar, about 20 metres outside of goal finds Danilo who is advancing on the right flank. Once more the visitors are having trouble in quickly finding a team-mate, before being dispossessed. In the end, Ibrahimovic fires over after a swift counter-attack.
  • 53'
    SubstitutionDenys Garmash Ognjen Vukojevic
  • 53'
    Substitution for Dynamo Kiev - it's Ognjen Vukojevic on for Denys Garmash.
  • 52'
    Yarmolenko, now wearing the captains armband, skips past Thiago Silva, but his cross is erratic and wayward, and fails to trouble Sirigu. Goal-kick.
  • 51'
    Jallet surges through the right flank, finding Ibrahimovic who is behind Raffael and Khacheridi, but after holding off the challenge, drags his shot wide.
  • 50'
    Dynamo Kiev readying their second substitution with Vukojevic putting on his shirt on the touchline. Verratti dips past five encircling Dynamo players, and still manages to pick out Chantome!
  • 49'
    Danilo Silva concedes a free-kick for a challenge on Thiago Silva, as referee Bjorn Kuipers immediately hands the hosts a free-kick. Kranjcar feeds through Taiwo, but the intended one-two fails to come off.
  • 48'
    Garmash went down unopposed, but after receiving medical attention, he seems to be allright. On the pitch, Verratti finds Ibrahimovic with a great ball before being dispossessed.
  • 47'
    Probably clear that Semin gave his players an earful at the break, as they've surprisingly started the second half the better team. Ball is played out, as Denys Garmash goes to ground, after a rash challenge.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionTaras Mykhalyk Betão
  • 46'
    Substitution at half-time for Dynamo: It's Betao on for Taras Mikhalik
  • 46'
    Underway in the second half, as Dynamo get us started - attacking from right to left. They are 3-0 behind, with coach Yury Semin making a change at half-time.
  • We are back for the second half, as the players return to the field of play.
  • It's half-time in Paris, so why not catch your breath, and pour yourself a cup of tea? The second half is 10 minutes away, so join me then for another sumptous half of Champions League football from PSG 3-0 Dynamo Kiev.
  • Dynamo meanwhile, have failed to even threaten Salvatore Sirigu, who has probably enjoyed one of the quietest first half periods in his career. Taiwo has looked threatening, despite the constant barrage of boos from the host fans, with Yarmolenko, Ideye Brown and Niko Kranjcar woefully lacking in quality to test the back four.
  • The best possible half for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who were expected to be given a tough examination by Yury Semin's men. Instead, the French side have blown away their opponents, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic opening the deadlock from the spot, with Menez being fouled in the area. Dynamo's susceptibility from corners was well taken advantage of, with debutant Thiago Silva and Alex producing great finishes to give the Ligue 1 runners-up a monumental first-half lead.
  • 45' + 1'
  • 45'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! What a superb move by the Sweden international. He ploughs his way past the central defenders, but under pressure, shoots a little tamely at Koval, who needs a second attempt to smother it. Absolutely just brushed off the challenge of Raffael.
  • 44'
    If PSG looked lethargic in their first three Ligue 1 games, they are by far a different team now. Ancelotti blamed his side's poor showing in August on lack of team chemistry, with new signings still to gel. Tonight, in the first half, they have answered their critics.
  • 42'
    A goal in tonight's other group game. It's Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 FC Porto, with Lucho Gonzalez scoring. Lucho indeed scored the winner for PSG's rivals Marseille on matchday one last year.
  • 42'
    MIGUEL VELOSO! And it's over, after taking a deflection off Javier Pastore. Corner is drifted in by the Portuguese, and it's cleared by Verratti on his own goal-line.
  • 40'
    After 40 minutes, Dynamo have their first chance to test Salvatore Sirigu. Free-kick, 25 metres out, with Veloso and Taye Taiwo - who was noted for his bullet free-kicks in Ligue 1, are over it.
  • 39'
    Garmash ignites a speculative Kiev move, with Taiwo picking up the ball, feeding Yarmolenko on the edge of the area. Verratti dispossess him, but the referee after 20 seconds, goes back to the advantage.
  • 38'
    Dynamo Kiev, themselves possessing a squad of quality, have totally imploded in France, and look like they can do no right. Kranjcar cannot pull the strings in midfield, thanks to Chantome and Matuidi asserting their authority just behind Marco Verratti, the chance instigator.
  • 36'
    Chantome latches onto a ball played on the right, and intends to cross in low finding Ibrahimovic. Mikhalik blocks it out, with Marco Verratti firing over after the resulting corner is played short.
  • 35'
    One must be wondering what Salvatore Sirigu has been doing all game. The Italy international has saved nothing as of yet. PSG have eight shots, seven that are on target.
  • 34'
    Carlo Ancelotti breaks into a smile in the touchline, with France boss Didier Deschamps watching on. The Ukrainians have been torn apart expertly by a PSG side showing their true colours.
  • 33'
    Assist Clément Chantôme
  • 33'
    Goal Alex
    UNBELIEVABLE! IT IS! 3-0 TO THE HOSTS! Eight years without CL football, they are milking every moment. Again, Khacheridi and Mikhalik are nowhere to be seen as Alex shows the touch of a striker to fire that past Koval. Game, set match.
  • 30'
    The PSG fans are in sing-song, contributing to a wonderful atmosphere in the Parc, with fans only breaking to boo Taye Taiwo. Corner to PSG, can they score again?
  • 29'
    Goal Thiago Silva
    GOOALL! 2-0! IT'S THE DEBUT GOAL BY THIAGO SILVA! The Brazilian, the world's most expensive defender brings the PSG fans into delirium with a well-taken finish after a poor corner clearance. Dynamo's defence crumbling, Koval couldn't have stopped that.
  • 29'
    PASTORE! OH THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN 2-0! Amazing bit of work by Koval who keeps out Ibrahimovic's shot, before being forced into a smart double save by Pastore on the rebound. Corner.
  • 28'
    Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been rather invisible as yet, fouls Jallet on the right wing. The Ukrainian returned from injury after featuring for the national team against England a few weeks ago.
  • 26'
    Nice statistic supplied by UEFA: Ibrahimovic's penalty was his 29th Champions League goal in 87th appearance. Only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more, of the players registered.
  • 24'
    Two free-kicks conceded in quick succession by PSG. First its Pastore on Mikhalik, before Verratti lunges in late on Khacheridi. Dynamo still content to limit PSG's creativity, and keep the ball.
  • 23'
    Garmash feeds Taiwo on the wing, into Veloso who surges forward. Danilo Silva takes possession, but like his team-mates does not know what to do with it, despite an abundance of white shirts around him. Free-kick PSG after a challenge on Jallet.
  • 22'
    IBRAHIMOVIC! Oh lovely bit of play. Verratti is truly amazing, with a wonderful chip over five players to find Ibrahimovic in acres of space. The Swede attempts to chip Koval, and gets a corner for his hard work.
  • 21'
    21 minutes in, and the stats appear pretty conclusive. PSG leading with 58% ball possession compared to 42% of Dynamo Kiev. PSG have made three attempts on goal, with the Ukrainians not even troubling Sirigu as of yet.
  • 19'
    Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    GOOALL! PSG TAKE THE LEAD! On the night Ibrahimovic makes history as the first man to appear with six clubs in the Champions League, he comfortably converts from the spot. 1-0 PSG.
  • 19'
    Mikhalik making a number of errors, after giving away a penalty, he tugs down Ibrahimovic at the restart. Poor from the captain, who is having a howler in the first 20 minutes.
  • 18'
    CARLO ANCELOTTI'S SIDE HAVE A PENALTY - Fantastic run by Menez who darts and skids his way past a number of Dynamo defenders, and Mikhalik tugs him down. No-brainer for the referee.
  • 17'
  • 15'
    Ohh that's a nasty challenge on Thiago Silva by Ideye Brown, as both chase a loose ball. The striker went in studs up, and could've broken the ankle of the debutee. Luckily, not even a red card.
  • 13'
    MENEZ! Fine block from Danilo Silva, who blocks one-on-one with the former Roma winger. Lovely ball into Menez who takes it away from his marker, before failing to even get the ball past Koval.
  • 12'
    Poor Taye Taiwo, who is witnessing a hostile crowd in Paris. Boos ring out every time he touches the ball.
  • 11'
    Whilst play descends into slight mediocrity in the Parc des Princes - let me hit you with a statistic: PSG have won their two Champions League encounters with Dynamo Kiev, back in the group stages of the 1994/95 campaign
  • 9'
    Slight dip in tempo as the hosts aim to negotiate through the midfield. Garmash slips in Danilo on the right, before Verratti intercepts in the middle.
  • 7'
    Decent flowing move from Yury Semin's side, who locate the ball into the box from Danilo, but Ideye Brown fails to connect well with it, as Thiago Silva expertly clears his lines.
  • 5'
    A number of boos from the PSG crowd with former Marseille defender Taye Taiwo on the ball.Taiwo featured in a number of OM victories (and defeats). Dynamo holding possession at the moment.
  • 4'
    Thiago Silva begins to find his feet as a PSG player, but his first major contribution is to find Menez in an offside position.
  • 3'
    PASTORE! Wonderful move, and a great block by Mikhalik. An astute pass from Menez in towards the Argentine, and at an acute angle,he shoots at Koval, before the intervention.
  • 3'
    Lovely bit of skill from Marco Verratti who skins a Dynamo player, to great delight from the fans.
  • 2'
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's progress is curtailed early on, as he moves fractionally offside. Maxym Koval takes the free-kick for the hosts.
  • 1'
    A very good start from the hosts, who had initially squandered possession from the kick-off. Verratti finds Jallet on the wing, who locates Menez with a fine cross, but Khacheridi clears his lines.
  • 1'
    WE ARE UNDERWAY IN PARIS! The whistle is met by thunderous crowds at the Parc des Princes as PSG attack from right to left.
  • And it's the UEFA Champions League anthem! The Parisian crowd goes absolutely crazy with the famous anthem returning to the capital after eight years.
  • The sides are coming out at the Parc des Princes. Tonight's referee is Netherlands' Bjorn Kuipers.
  • Five minutes or so until the start of tonight's games across Europe. In Group A's other match, Dinamo Zagreb take on FC Porto. Zagreb's last CL home game ended in a humiliating and somewhat eyebrow raising 7-1 defeat to Lyon.
  • TEAM NEWS: Carlo Ancelotti has left out the likes of Nene and Ezequiel Lavezzi out of the starting line-up, with both being named on the bench. Mamadou Sakho and Thiago Motta are out after picking up knocks in the Ligue 1 win over Toulouse at the weekend, with Thiago Silva making his debut for PSG, and Clement Chantome (a homegrown player) coming in for the Italy international. Dynamo name their strongest possibe side, only change is that of Raffael for Gusev.
  • Dynamo Kiev: Koval; Danilo, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Taiwo; Garmash, Miguel Veloso; Kranjcar, Raffael, Yarmolenko, Brown
  • Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu - Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell - Verratti, Chantôme, Matuidi - Pastore, Ménez, Ibrahimovic.
  • Statistics your thing? Here are a few: PSG are unbeaten in their last 19 games at home in European competition, qualifiers included. Their last defeat dates back to November 2006 in the group stages of the UEFA Cup against Hapoel Tel-Aviv. PSG have won their two Champions League encounters with Dynamo Kiev, back in the group stages of the 1994/95 campaign. Dynamo Kiev are taking part in their 14th Champions League campaign, and their first since 2009/10. Kiev have not made it past the group stages in any of their last 10 Champions League participations.
  • Dynamo coach Yury Semin meanwhile, is a little more wary: "We have watched three of the Parisians' games. Probably they are more aware of us as the Ukrainian championship started a long time ago and we participated in Champions League qualification. We will use the information we have and make conclusions from it."
  • A few manager quotes to come up, firstly, that of Carlo Ancelotti's: "There has been a lot of waiting over the past eight years. Everyone should be happy to enjoy this moment. The game will surely be difficult, but everyone is excited and ready to play. I do not think we can say that PSG is one of the favourites, but we have a lot of ambition."
  • Dynamo Kiev meanwhile return to the Champions League after qualifying with a nervy 4-3 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the play-offs. The Ukrainian outfit pose a tricky threat to the French side, with a number of quality players at their disposal. A number - including the likes of Yevhen Khacheridi, Mikhailik, and the impressive Andriy Yarmolenko featured against France at UEFA Euro 2012, with Taye Taiwo and Ideye Brown familiar faces to Ligue 1 fans having featured for Marseille and Sochaux as recently as 2011.
  • Dark horses? Maybe. Yes, the 40,000 fans in attendance in the stadium tonight are expectant. The night that hopefully marks Thiago Silva's debut, with Ezequiel Lavezzi returning from suspension. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic firing on all cylinders and the impressive Marco Verratti pulling out all the stops lately. The 2-0 win over Toulouse on Friday evening, with both aforementioned players firing les Parisiens to fourth position in Ligue 1.
  • Well, well, well - it's eight years since PSG last saw Champions League football. A very long time indeed. Carlo Ancelotti and his lavishly-assembled side finished second in Ligue 1 behind Montpellier to book their automatic berth. They have won both of their matches, against tricky opponents in Toulouse and title-challengers Lille. They are starting to show the form which prompted Nasser al-Khelaifi and the Qatar Sports Investment group to plough more than £90m in the side this summer.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's encounter. Feel free to send me your messages, comments, musings and opinion throughout via three ways. Firstly, take advantage of the new Match Centre. Send in your comments in the all-new chatbox to the right, and interact with fellow football aficionados. Also, send us your messages via Twitter to @goal_intl or @mohammedali_93. Brilliant
  • Good evening, and welcome to a new Champions League season on It's Group A tonight, and the return of Paris Saint-Germain to Europe's premier club competition. Tonight, Carlo Ancelotti's men face Dynamo Kiev at the Parc des Princes. Confirmed team-news shortly.
  • It's back. UEFA Champions League football returns to our screens!