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October 24, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadion Maksimir — Zagreb
Referee:‬ F. Aydinus‎
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Player Ratings: Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain

A Parisien double-strike towards the end of the first decided matters in Wednesday's Group A test, Ibrahimovic and Menez both hitting home for the visitors

By Daniel Edwards

  • Ivan Kelava
    11
    0
    3.00

    Ivan Kelava

    Made a couple of impressive stops to keep Paris at bay early on, but could have done better on both goals in the first half.

  • Ante Puljic
    2
    5
    1.50

    Ante Puljic

    Given a torrid time on the right by Menez, his failure to track the winger led directly to the visitors' double blow before the interval.

  • Luis Ibáñez
    1
    3
    2.50

    Luis Ibáñez

    Lost track of Zlatan and was punished when the striker prodded home to set his side on the way to victory.

  • Josip Simunic
    18
    1
    2.50

    Josip Simunic

    One of the main reasons Dinamo were able to keep the scoreline respectable, strong showing in defence from the veteran stopper.

  • Sime Vrsaljko
    6
    5
    2.50

    Sime Vrsaljko

    The youngster acquitted himself well out wide, making a number of key tackles and rarely getting caught out.

  • Josip Pivarić
    1
    3
    2.50

    Josip Pivarić

    Struggled to keep track of the mercurial Zlatan as the striker moved with ease across the field.

  • Domagoj Vida
    5
    6
    2.00

    Domagoj Vida

    Worked hard in the middle and never afraid to get stuck in, but had no answer to PSG's flawless passing game.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    6
    5
    2.00

    Mateo Kovačić

    Struggled to track Pastore when the playmaker dropped deep, taken off in the final minute for Halilovic.

  • Sammir
    10
    6
    3.00

    Sammir

    Probably Dinamo's best attacking outlet throughout the game, the midfielder tried valiantly to get his team into the match but had little space or time to operate.

  • Marcelo Brozović
    2
    5
    2.00

    Marcelo Brozović

    Enjoyed one of Zagreb's few shots on target, forced to play from too deep to really make an impact.

  • Duje Cop
    7
    11
    1.50

    Duje Cop Flop of the Match

    Always lively and looked to stretch the away defence, but needed more support and looked isolated at times.

Substitutions

  • Adrián Calello
    3
    1
    2.00

    Adrián Calello

    Brought on after half-time for Ibanez, the Argentine had few chances to assert his authority in midfield.

  • Alen Halilović
    38
    0

    Alen Halilović

    A brief cameo at the end for the teenage prodigy, who will surely have far more European nights ahead of him.

  • Ante Rukavina
    1
    6
    2.00

    Ante Rukavina

    Given 20 minutes up front to try and grab an unlikely point, but had few chances to test the keeper.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    23
    5
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Barely troubled in a straightforward away victory, but coped well with Dinamo's aerial threat and put in a solid display.

  • Thiago Silva
    32
    5
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Was not called into action too regularly, but was always present to stop Dinamo in their tracks.

  • Alex
    20
    6
    3.00

    Alex

    Given few problems by a Dinamo attack that lacked coherence, doing his job with calm and assurance before being taken off in the second half.

  • Maxwell
    14
    11
    2.50

    Maxwell

    Gave the Dinamo defence a torrid time with his surges from deep, combing with Menez to give PSG a decisive attacking advantage.

  • Christophe Jallet
    16
    8
    3.50

    Christophe Jallet

    His quick thinking from the back was the inspiration behind the break that ended in a decisive second strike. Always looking to get forward.

  • Jérémy Menez
    49
    9
    4.00

    Jérémy Menez Top of the Match

    Assisted Zlatan's strike and added his own name onto the scoresheet in the first half, a brilliant showing from the pacey winger.

  • Mathieu Bodmer
    2
    17
    2.00

    Mathieu Bodmer

    Taken off for Sissoko with half an hour to play, was diligent in both his defensive work and distribution.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    15
    7
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    An integral link in the middle of the field feeding PSG's dynamic front-three. Barely missed a pass all game.

  • Marco Verratti
    44
    4
    2.50

    Marco Verratti

    The visitors dominated possession and passing throughout the 90 minutes, and the young Italian was one of the key reasons as he put in a mature performance in Zagreb.

  • Javier Pastore
    34
    7
    2.50

    Javier Pastore

    Showed a cool head to make the most of PSG's counter and play through Menez to add the second.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    97
    13
    4.00

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Would have been disappointed to see several golden opportunities go awry, but made up for it with an instinctive touch that set PSG on the way to victory.

Substitutions

  • Zoumana Camara
    7
    8

    Zoumana Camara

    Came into the second half for Alex, and was similarly untroubled. Brought the ball out of defence on every possible occasion and always passed intelligently.

  • Mohamed Lamine Sissoko
    24
    7
    2.50

    Mohamed Lamine Sissoko

    Almost made the headlines with a spectacular volley that went just wide.

  • Guillaume Hoarau
    9
    11

    Guillaume Hoarau

    Came on with the game already won, but could have extended the advantage with a couple of great chances.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2