Tuesday 15 October 2019

Di Maria spells Real bother for Zidane as PSG trounce Madrid

Paris St-Germain 3-0 Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria celebrates. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria celebrates. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Jason Burt

No Neymar, no Mbappe, no Cavani, but no problem for PSG as they profited from the Immutable Law of the Ex.

Angel Di Maria did not want to leave Real Madrid five years ago, and certainly did not want to go to Manchester United before fleeing to Paris, and so this revenge was five years in the making with the PSG winger scoring twice and tearing his former club apart.

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In doing so, Di Maria heaped the pressure on Real coach Zinedine Zidane who will be aware of another ex - Jose Mourinho - who is waiting to see whether the man who delivered three Champions League titles for the Spanish giants is going to survive much longer on his own second coming.


Results like this will only heighten the growing expectation that he will not, with Zidane's big summer signing, Eden Hazard, struggling before eventually being substituted.

Gareth Bale also went off after scoring a wonder goal that was ruled out by VAR, and was not acknowledged by Zidane, who stood rooted to the edge of the technical area throughout.

It may have only been the opening game in a group which both clubs can expect to progress, but Real are in a downward spiral and it will hurt that they lost to a team who had Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani out injured and Neymar banned for two matches following his rant at the officials after PSG's Champions League exit last season to United.

They were 2-0 up here at the break with Di Maria netting twice before setting up Thomas Meunier for PSG's third in injury time.


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