Galatasaray 0-1 PSG: Icardi’s first goal hands Ligue 1 champions victory

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Mauro Icardi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 champions secured a narrow 1-0 win over Galatasaray in their Champions League Group A clash on Tuesday.

The Argentina forward joined PSG on a season-long loan from Inter last month, and tapped home from close range in the second half after a slick passing move.

Faced with a hostile atmosphere in Istanbul, PSG was showing off their mettle and would have won by a bigger margin but for the bad finish of Angel Di Maria.

PSG’s victory moves them four points clear at the top of the group, with Real Madrid five points adrift after being held to a home draw by Club Brugge.

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The Galatasaray fans ‘ catcalls and boos at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium didn’t shake off PSG as they swarmed forward in the early phases.

Di Maria had two glorious opportunities to give PSG the lead but a combination of disappointing finishing and fine goalkeeping kept the scoreline goalless.

Argentina international Di Maria first shot straight at Fernando Muslera when clean through, and then saw the Galatasaray goalkeeper produce a brilliant reaction save to push a shot over the bar.

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PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas kept out a curling free-kick from Jean Michael Seri early in the second half before Di Maria squandered yet another chance when he broke clear only to fluff his lines as Muslera advanced off his line.

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Thomas Tuchel’s men took the lead seven minutes after the break as some neat build-up culminated in Pablo Sarabia’s low cross for Icardi, who calmly stroked the ball into the net.

Icardi was replaced by fit-again Kylian Mbappe on the hour mark and the France striker tested the reflexes of Muslera with a low angled shot that he blocked at his near post.

Galatasaray sporadically threatened with a late aerial bombardment as they sought an equaliser but PSG stood firm with little difficulty.

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Without Brazil forward Neymar, who served the final match of his two-game European ban, PSG are sitting pretty at the top of Group A with maximum points from two matches.

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