Ibrahimovic and Silva Shine in PSG's Champions League Romp

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IISeptember 18, 2012

Ibra is always the star of the show
Ibra is always the star of the showDean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

PSG fans had plenty to be excited about on Tuesday. The opening game of their Champions League quest was accompanied by the much anticipated debut of summer signing Thiago Silva. Neither disappointed as PSG was dominant against the visiting Dynamo Kiev throughout the match.

Ibrahimovic was involved from the beginning as PSG was controlling the tempo to the delight of the home crowd. Unlike the start to their Ligue 1 season, PSG was on the offensive from the first whistle. Their attacking style paid off as Jeremy Menez was pulled down in the box. Ibrahimovic coolly put home the penalty to give PSG the lead after 20 minutes.

Not to be outdone, the defensive minded Silva announced his presence by slotting home at the 30 minute mark. With the lead doubled, PSG continued to go for the throat, and were soon three up when Silva's defensive partner Alex pounced on a loose ball in the box only three minutes later.

Kiev's Veloso pulled one back with a few minutes left, but PSG struck on the counter as Pastore volleyed home in injury time. With the final scoreline at 4-1, PSG has to be pleased with their Champions League start in front of the home crowd.

Ibrahimovic showed why PSG was so keen on adding the talented front man as he continued to test the Kiev defense. Some of his attempts on goal were only imaginable for the select few players who are in Ibrahimovic's stratosphere of talent. He was a force to deal with up until being subbed for with roughly 15 minutes left.


Silva's debut for PSG was also stellar as his leadership from the back kept the PSG goal out of harm's reach until very late in the match. With a player a strong defensively as Silva is, the offense he provided was just an added bonus, but it is something PSG fans will be spoiled by going forward.

Even though Ibra and Silva will be the headliners for PSG, the man of the match may have been young Marco Verratti. The young Italian star had his best game of the season, and looked like a complete midfielder in his control of the game both offensively and defensively.

PSG got the result they wanted in emphatic fashion. We will see if it carries over to their domestic challenges.