What a start!

Paris put in a five-star display to sweep away Celtic 5-0 and start their UEFA Champions League challenge in spectacular fashion.
What a start!

The first goosebumps came from Celtic Park's singing of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and it was handy for the home fans they had others around to console them as the visitors' attacking trident of Mbappé-Cavani-Neymar Jr tore apart their heroes.

As the rain pelted down in Glasgow, Paris quickly provided even more clouds over their hosts' heads. Coach Unai Emery's 4-3-3 quickly posed their hosts problems. Cavani had a goal ruled out for offside (16') and then forced a save from Gordon (18') before Celtic's defiance was broken.

Superbly sent clear by Rabiot, Neymar Jr brushed past Ralston before firing high past Gordon (0-1, 19'). It was the Brazilian's fifth goal against Celtic, and his 22nd in just 41 Champions League games. He then added an assist as Kylian Mbappé doubled Paris' lead (0-2, 34') before Cavani, after being held back by Simunovic, added a third with a classy finish from the penalty spot before the break (0-3, 40'). It was a handy lead at the break, though two Areola saves -- from Griffiths (22') and Sinclair (45+1') also contributed to it.

What a start!

After the break, Paris Saint-Germain kept their minds focussed on the task in hand despite the incredible noise coming from the stands, and Neymar Jr (68', 71') and Mbappé (70') might have added still more goals. Areola again thwarted Sinclair (63') before Lustig turned a Draxler cross into his own goal (0-4, 83') and Cavani capped a fantastic evening with a brilliant lobbed header from an acute angle (0-5, 85').

The message from Paris was clear: we're hungry for more!


'Edi' struck again this evening, but his two goals had added significance: El Matador is now the most prolific goalscorer in European competition in Paris Saint-Germain history (22 goals in 37 appearances). His brace took him ahead of Ibra (20 goals), and gives him nine goals already this season...Simply phenomenal!

What a start!

Paris were better than perfect! The Rouge et Bleu arrived in Glasgow hoping to lay down a marker at the start of their tenth UEFA Champions League campaign, and they certainly did that. By inflicting a historic defeat on Celtic in their own backyard, the capital club raced to the top of Group B. Bayern Munich, who won 3-0 at Anderlecht, have been warned: in two weeks, they'll need to be at their very best to avoid leaving the Parc des Princes empty-handed.