Big spending Paris Saint-Germain cruised to victory on their return to the Champions League with an emphatic first half performance to crush Dynamo Kiev 4-1 at the Parc des Princes.
PSG hadn’t appeared in Europe’s elite competition since 2005 but after a summer of excessive spending the expectant home crowd watched on with delight.
Talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic slotted away a penalty on 19 minutes, after Jeremy Menez was hauled down in the area.
The home side were rampant from the start and wasted numerous chances before debutant Thiago Silva fired in from close range from a corner on the half hour.
Moments later another corner enabled Alex to fire in a fierce drive from 12 yards to kill the game just after 32 minutes.
However it was Kiev who grabbed a consolation goal on 86 minutes when Miguel Veloso’s cross from the wide right flew past all challenges.
In added time the influential Javier Pastore was set up by a Nene run on the left of the area and managed to slot past the helpless Maksym Koval to round off a highly impressive and comprehensive victory.
Kiev could not cope with the electric pace of Pastore, Menez and Christophe Jallet down the flanks who fed the towering Ibrahimovic with several promising openings.
Within three minutes PSG could have scored. Some sumptuous play from Menez down the left played through Pastore on goal but his chipped shot was palmed away by Koval in the Kiev net.
Menez again tormented the away defence, latching onto a lobbed through ball from Ibrahimovic, but the winger hesitated and had his effort blocked. Nevertheless the pressure was building and Kiev could only hang on.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired in his 29th Champions League goal from the spot after Menez was hauled down in the box as the pressure finally told for Kiev on 19 minutes.
Ibrahimovic was certainly in the mood to entertain and when played through on goal tried an audacious chip over Koval but failed to connect sufficiently.
Luckily for Carlo Ancelotti the wasted chances didn’t matter as debutant Thiago Silva tapped in from a corner and his fellow centre-back Alex fired in from another corner to cement the advantage before half-time.
The second half was far less frantic but Pastore particularly impressed for the home side, controlling the game and producing countless chances to add to the rout.
Pastore was rewarded for his fantastic performance in injury time, adding the finish to a jinking run by Nene.
Ancelotti’s side travel to Porto in the next Champions League group phase, who defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Javier Pastore - Paris Saint-Germain. Was at the centre of every PSG attack and chance. A truly gifted player who tormented the Kiev back line throughout the game.
PSG: Sirigu 6, Jallet 8, Alex 6, Thiago Silva 7, Maxwell 5, VErrati 7, Chantome 7, Matuidi 7, Menez 8, Pastore 9, Ibrahimovic 8. SUBS: Camara 6, Nene 6, Lavezzi 6.
Dyanmo Kiev: Koval 6, Silva 5, Hacherydy 5, Mykhalik 4, Taiwo 6, Garmash 6, Veloso 7, Yarmolenko 6, Kranjcar 6, Raffael 4, Brown 4. SUBS: Husyev 5, Vukojevic 5, Betao 6.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Javier Pastore
- Dynamo Kiev
- Jeremy Menez