UEFA Champions League: Icardi's Goal Helps PSG Defeat Galatasaray

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UEFA Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain bagged an away 0-1 win over Galatasaray at Türk Telekom Stadium. Mauro Icardi scored the only goal of the match.

Written By Abhishek Shetty | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) rode on Mauro Icardi's heroics to bag a 0-1 win over Galatasaray in their Champions League Group A clash on Tuesday night. The Inter Milan loanee joined PSG in the summer transfer window and is jelling well in the absence of PSG striker Edinson Cavani. PSG showed great character against Istanbul's one-sided audience. Angel Di Maria missed a sitter and PSG wouldn't have received an easier opportunity. Win over Galatasaray saw PSG move on top of the Group A table, whereas, Real Madrid drifted to the last position after a draw against Club Brugge. 

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UEFA Champions League: Galatasaray vs PSG match report

Muslera's decent goalkeeping and Di Maria's clumsy finishing restricted PSG from capitalising on some crucial chances to grab an early lead. Di Maria fired a chance directly into the hands of Galatasaray's keeper and in the next attempt, Muslera produced a stunning effort to push Di Maria's shot over the bar. Keylor Navas looked strong in goal for PSG as he denied some brilliant efforts from the visitors. Seri's threatening free-kick was palmed away by Navas to keep the score level. 

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Thomas Tuchel's men grabbed the lead seven minutes past the Seri-free-kick as some neat build-up concluded in Pablo Sarabia's low cross for Icardi, who calmly slotted the ball into the net in the 52nd minute. Kylian Mbappe came in for the goalscorer in the 61st minute and the youngster tested Muslera with a low angled shot at the near post. After the first goal, the game opened up from both ends as Galatasaray and PSG created a number of chances in the next 30 minutes of the match. Muslera and Navas displayed an exceptional performance to not let the ball go past by them in the closing stages of the match. 

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