PSG vs. Dynamo Kyiv  4 - 1

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Ibrahimovic delighted with Champions League start

19 September 2012 06:11

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was delighted with the 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League Group A encounter on Tuesday.

PSG were making their first appearance in the competition since December 2004, and immediately asserted their authority with a fantastic first-half performance that saw Ibrahimovic score from the spot, Thiago Silva notch a debut goal and Alex make it 3-0 before the break.

Despite Miguel Veloso scoring a consolation goal for the Ukrainian visitors, Javier Pastore restored his side's three-goal advantage, firing PSG to the top of Group A.

"We won the game 4-1 and it was a good start in the Champions League and good for the team," Ibrahimovic said.

"We must bring this victory to the next game and the confidence too. The team is starting to play much better and finding each position better and the players are feeling more comfortable in their play. It was a first game, it was hard, we won but we must continue to work hard.

"This is a good signal for the future. If we won, it's because we played well. This gives us confidence for the next game against Porto, which is a quality team. This is a wonderful start."

His team-mate, Christophe Jallet picked up on the fact that the lavishly assembled side have finally been able to gel, while insisting that their next match in the group will be more difficult.

"We managed to have the edge, in both attack and in defence. Our hard work paid off with a great win," the right-back told UEFA.com.

"We managed to raise the bar to Champions League level tonight. Now our trip to Porto will be another stiff test."

Meanwhile, PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has also told of his pleasure at the performance.

"I'm very happy. We prepared well this game. The first half was very good in terms of quality. It really was a great performance," he said.

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Dynamo´s Semin excited by PSG test

18 September 2012 07:17

Dynamo Kiev head coach Yuri Semin is relishing his side's opening UEFA Champions League Group A clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

The sides will lock horns for the third time in Europe, with their last meeting in Europe's elite competition coming in 1994.

Semin is well aware of the threat posed by PSG's expensively assembled squad, and believes should his side come away from the Parc de Princes with a draw, it will be a point well earned.

"If I remember, we played PSG twice. The first time in 1994 in the Champions League and we lost," he said.

"But in 2009, we took our revenge in the Europa League. So this third confrontation will be difficult. It will be hard to predict who will win. We are really ready to play this game.

"Three years ago, it was a draw. Today ... Paris is a team of stars, they made interesting transfers and I think that no matter which (players) will be in the Parc des Princes, we will do well to gain points here. So a draw would be good for us."

One of PSG's star attractions, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has enjoyed enormous success in domestic football, winning league titles in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

But he is yet to taste Champions League glory, despite enjoying productive spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

"I think it is the biggest tournament as a footballer for the club that you can play for," he said.

"Every year I have been playing it, but so far I have not won it. I am still fighting and doing my best to win it and this time I will be representing Paris.

"I think it will be a huge experience, because of the quality and potential that we have and it will be very important for us.

"You will see the level and the quality is different from the competition, from any competition, not only French, Italian, Spain where I was, so these are the games you want to play in and the games that make you become even better."

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
2 28 +28 59
3 28 +25 57
4 28 +22 53
5 28 +8 46
6 28 +3 43