Alves on target as PSG bags trophy
Tangiers, Morocco - New Brazilian recruit Dani Alves powered Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to its first title of the season beating Monaco 2-1 in the Trophee des Champions (Champions Trophy) on Saturday.
It was a fifth straight trophy for the Parisians in the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season to put them level with Lyon's record of seven titles.
The match was touted as a revenge mission for both sides with PSG losing its French League title to Monaco, with the Principality side crushed 4-1 by the Parisians in the League Cup final.
Against a backdrop of intense transfer speculation linking Brazilian superstar Neymar from Barcelona to PSG and Monaco's French teen striker Kylian Mbappe to a world record move to Real Madrid, the match was played on front of a capacity 45,000 crowd in Tangiers.
Every move of 18 year old Mbappe drove the Monaco game forward to the excitement of the crowd with the loudspeaker even attributing Djibril Sidibe's 30th-minute opener to the teenager.
But it was Alves who stole the show as he equalised with a freekick after 51 minutes and then set up a decisive pass for Adrien Rabiot's 63rd-minute winner.
The French season kicks off next weekend with Monaco hosting Toulouse on Friday and PSG at home against Amiens.
PSG’s Dani Alves holds the trophy in Tangiers, Morocco, on Saturday