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PSG beats Dynamo Kiev 4-1 in Champions League

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012
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PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to score for six different clubs in the Champions League as big-spending Paris Saint-Germain beat a poor Dynamo Kiev side 4-1 in their group stage opener on Tuesday.

PSG attacked with gusto from the outset, eight years after its last appearance in the competition, and the convincing win confirmed PSG's status as Group A favorite.

"It's always important to win your first game in the Champions League," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "To play the way we did tonight can only be good for our confidence."

Ibrahimovic netted from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after Jeremy Menez had been fouled. He has scored for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now PSG in European club football's top competition.

He also now has six goals in six matches for PSG this season since his offseason move from Milan.

Brazil defenders Thiago Silva and Alex profited from terrible marking to put the home side 3-0 ahead after little more than 30 minutes, and a rout looked possible.

"I hope we can fix the problems we had. Despite this defeat, we'll continue to fight," Dynamo coach Yuri Semin said. "I believe we looked good enough in the first 20 minutes. We lost because we were really bad for the next 10. I don't want to blame one person. We lost as a team tonight."

But PSG dropped off in the second half and conceded a sloppy goal when Miguel Veloso's cross from the right sneaked inside the post in the 87th.

That galvanized PSG, and midfielder Javier Pastore added the fourth in injury time.

"We had edge in teamwork, in both attack and defense. Our hard work paid off with a great win," PSG right back Christophe Jallet said. "We managed to raise the bar to Champions League level tonight, now our trip to Porto will be another stiff test. "

Pastore and Silva both cost over €40 million each, and the club's Qatari owners have invested around €260 million on players since taking over in June last year.

PSG's last appearance in the competition ended in a 3-1 home defeat to CSKA Moscow in Dec. 2004, and the new-look team looked in a hurry to make up for lost time as the match began at a frenetic pace.

Pastore ran onto Menez's reverse pass but goalkeeper Maxym Koval rushed off his line to block his angled shot after three minutes.

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