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Vintage Di Maria helps PSG overwhelm Real Madrid

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    Published: 2019-09-19 03:23:42 BdST

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Champions League - Group A - Paris St Germain v Real Madrid - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - September 18, 2019 Paris St Germain's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS

Angel Di Maria produced a vintage performance with two goals to help Paris St Germain claim a 3-0 home win over Real Madrid in their Champions League Group A opening game on Wednesday.

In the absence of the formidable trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Di Maria provided two first-half goals as PSG suffocated Real throughout and Thomas Meunier added a third in stoppage time.

Zinedine Zidane's Real, who eliminated PSG in the last 16 in 2017-18 and were also missing key players at the Parc des Princes, failed to muster a shot on target and suffered their first defeat of the season.

PSG lead the standings on three points, ahead of Club Brugge and Galatasaray, who played out a goalless draw earlier on Wednesday.