Ex­as­per­a­tion for Ron­aldo but Mbappe on tar­get again for PSG

£99m star fails to score again as Ju­ven­tus win 2-0 France’s World Cup win­ner hits two against Angers

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League -

Two of the big­gest stars of the World Cup, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Kylian Mbappe, en­joyed very dif­fer­ent af­ter­noons as they played in front of their home fans for the first time since the tour­na­ment in Rus­sia.

Ron­aldo was mak­ing his home de­but for Ju­ven­tus af­ter his £99mil­lion move from Real Madrid and he ended the af­ter­noon frus­trated af­ter fail­ing to score – although there were smiles af­ter a 2-0 win over Lazio.

The Por­tuguese was largely anony­mous in the first half and had only one touch in the op­po­si­tion box. In­stead it was Mi­ralem Pjanic who gave Ju­ven­tus the lead, shortly af­ter Sami Khedira had hit the post, with a 25-yard vol­ley into the bot­tom cor­ner on the half hour.

The 33-year-old Ron­aldo did bet­ter in the sec­ond half. He al­most laid on a sec­ond goal with a se­ries of stepovers on the left of the penalty area be­fore putting in a cross that Mario Mandzu­kic some­how bal­looned over.

But with the game in the bal­ance Ron­aldo seemed cer­tain to score in the 75th minute. Joao Cancelo rolled the ball across to his com­pa­triot but Strakosha did just enough to stop him from tap­ping it in from six yards. In­stead, it ric­o­cheted off Ron­aldo’s feet and fell to Mandzu­kic to stroke into an empty net as the Por­tuguese threw his arms up in frus­tra­tion. It made the game safe and Max Al­le­gri said he felt Ron­aldo was set­tling in well and was glad his ar­rival had not over­shad­owed his team-mates.

“Ital­ian foot­ball is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to in Spain. Ron­aldo un­der­stands that and he is set­tling in very well,” said Al­le­gri, whose have won both of their games so far this sea­son.

“There was a risk of us get­ting car­ried away by the en­thu­si­asm cre­ated by Ron­aldo’s first home ap­pear­ance,” added the coach, who picked Blaise Ma­tu­idi and Fed­erico Bernarde­schi ahead of Paulo Dy­bala and Juan Cuadrado.

“I have a very strong squad and have to eval­u­ate every­one. We needed these char­ac­ter­is­tics in mid­field to­day,” he said. “There are times we are too fre­netic and oth­ers when we go to sleep. We have to find a bet­ter bal­ance.”

But there was no cause for frus­tra­tion for Mbappe, how­ever, as the star of France’s World Cup-win­ning side got straight back into his stride with Paris St-Ger- main. The 19-year-old for­ward came off the bench to score twice in the last eight min­utes as PSG beat Guingamp 3-1 last week­end and he was de­ci­sive from the start in front of his own fans yes­ter­day as a fine vol­ley proved de­ci­sive as the cham­pi­ons tri­umphed over Angers by the same score­line.

In­deed, it was the feared front three of Mbappe, Edin­son Ca­vani and Ney­mar who all scored at the Parc des Princes as PSG kept up their 100 per cent start to the new cam­paign.

Ca­vani got PSG off to a good start af­ter Ney­mar was given too much space by the Angers de­fence. The Brazil­ian’s pass was de­flected in the 12th minute and Ca­vani had no trou­ble con­vert­ing on his first league start of the sea­son.

Ger­man de­fender Thilo Kehrer then gave away a 22nd-minute penalty. Thomas Man­gani equalised for Angers and new PSG coach Thomas Tuchel took his com­pa­triot off at half-time.

Mbappe re­stored the home side’s lead early in the sec­ond half be­fore com­bin­ing with Adrien Rabiot be­fore set­ting up Ney­mar for PSG’s third goal.

In Spain, Barcelona beat Real Val­ladolid 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ous­mane Dem­bele, although they were thank­ful to VAR for rul­ing out an in­ju­ruy-time equaliser by Keko for off­side.

Anony­mous: a frus­trated Ron­aldo, left, but Mbappe cel­e­brates

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