Alves on tar­get as PSG bags tro­phy

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

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.

(AFP)

PSG’s Dani Alves holds the tro­phy in Tang­iers, Morocco, on Satur­day

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