PSG player ratings vs Real Madrid: Di Maria upstages Hazard – but one star struggles | Football | Sport
PSG battled their way past Real Madrid to stun the La Liga giants and send out a Champions League statement of intent.
The Ligue 1 giants went into the game depleted with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe missing the game through suspension and injury respectively.
But PSG were the better side against Real Madrid, with a brace from Angel Di Maria seeing them get their Champions League campaign off to a flying start.
Here are Express Sport’s player ratings from the epic European showdown between the two teams.
Keylor Navas – 6
Looked assured playing against his former side and had little to do.
Thomas Meunier – 7
Struggled playing against Gareth Bale at times but ensured the Wales international couldn’t do much. Got on the scoresheet, too.
Thiago Silva – 6
Was fortunate that Karim Benzema was anonymous and had little to do throughout the encounter.
Marquinhos – 6
Another player who will be thankful that Benzema appears to be past his best.
Juan Bernat – 8
Linked up with Angel Di Maria to devastating effect and looks a valuable asset to Thomas Tuchel.
Idrissa Gueye – 7
The former Everton star was composed on his Champions League debut for PSG and won his midfield battle with James Rodriguez.
Marquinhos – 7
Combated Casemiro to perfection, producing a fine display akin to the one he managed against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season.
Marco Verratti – 6
A solid, if unspectacular, outing for the Italy international.
Pablo Sarabia – 6
Tried his best but Real had his number for the most part.
Mauro Icardi – 5
With Mbappe injured it was the ideal chance for the Argentina international to make a name for himself. He struggled, however, with Eder Militao and Raphael Varane having his number.
Angel Di Maria – 9
The PSG star was the highlight for Thomas Tuchel’s side and his brilliant brace blitzed his former club.