PSG stun wasteful Bayern Munich 3-0 to go top of group
PSG's victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League was a statement of intent from the French club as the summer transfer dealings looked to have put them amongst Europe's elite.
Having spent a whopping €222 million on Neymar and a loan deal for Mbappe that will see the French forward move next summer for €180 million, PSG were expected to finally make some headway in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich were the first real challenge for the club as they were the first litmus test for the new arrivals to see if they were aiding the club's ambition towards European domination.
PSG's attack was spearheaded by the new potent trident in Europe - Mbappe, Neymar, and Cavani. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, were without Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels.
The goal came just two minutes into the game. Neymar brilliantly dodged a couple of challenges from the left en route to the Bayern box before squaring the ball to Dani Alves who blasted the ball home.
Bayern Munich started to take control of the game soon after but were extremely wasteful with their chances. Thomas Muller was culpable of missing some in open play but Javi Martinez likely summed up Bayern's wastefulness. The Spaniard was constantly finding space during set-pieces but failed to find the target each time.
Bayern were finally punished just after the half-hour mark. Mbappe led a quick counter-attack and played in Cavani whose shot beat goalkeeper Sven Ulreich at his near post.
Neymar added one more for PSG after more fantastic work from Mbappe who bamboozled David Alaba before playing in the Brazilian.
The scoreline definitely does not tell the whole story. PSG were dominated at times by Bayern, who enjoyed 62 percent of possession and had 16 shots to the host's 12.
However, PSG showed ruthlessness that great teams have despite playing badly. The attacking trident of Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani looks extremely potent and will likely take the club to the next level in the competition.