‘MCN’ all score as PSG thump Anderlecht

first_imgSpaniard Emery made four changes to the side that stumbled to a 2-1 Ligue 1 win at Dijon on Saturday, with Cavani and Marco Verratti returning to the starting line-up. Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Paris Saint-Germain’s front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored as the French side romped to a third straight Champions League win by thrashing Anderlecht 4-0 in Brussels on Wednesday.Mbappe put PSG ahead inside three minutes and Cavani grabbed his fourth goal in three Champions League outings before half-time.Neymar scored a free-kick midway through the second period with his ninth goal for the club since his record-breaking move from Barcelona, before Angel Di Maria came off the bench to complete the rout.Swiss prosecutors opened a corruption probe into PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi last week over the sale of World Cup media rights, but the Qatari was in attendance in Belgium to watch his expensively-assembled side cruise to victory.The French Ligue 1 leaders are now three points clear of Bayern Munich, who saw off Celtic 3-0 in Germany, at the top of Group B ahead of the home match against bottom side Anderlecht on October 31.“In the first period it wasn’t perfect with the level of control of the match,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“We were sometimes surprised on the counter-attack, but in the second half we found a better balance.“The match started very well with that goal in the third minute. But then, for a moment, we lost track. We know there will be no easy games this season.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PSG scored eight goals in the opening two wins against Celtic and Bayern Munich, and they didn’t waste any time in breaking the deadlock on Wednesday.Close-season signing Mbappe found space inside the area before drilling home his second Champions League goal for the club through goalkeeper Matz Sels’ legs from a tight angle.Anderlecht, bottom of the group after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat by Celtic last time out, grew into the game though as midfielder Sven Kums shot wide.Paris retained a serious threat going forward to keep their hosts honest, but Neymar and Cavani both missed half-chances.The away side found a second goal shortly before the interval, with the feted attacking trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani all involved.World-record signing Neymar’s powerful strike from distance was well saved by Sels, but 18-year-old Mbappe headed the rebound back across goal for Cavani to nod in his 12th goal of the season.Anderlecht were tidy in possession without ever getting in behind the PSG defence, and they were hit on the counter-attack again early in the second half, only for Cavani to rattle the crossbar.The Uruguayan could have had a hatful of goals as he had two efforts disallowed for offside and also produced a tame chip into the legs of Sels with only the ‘keeper to beat before Mbappe blazed the loose ball over a gaping goal.Neymar ensured that all three of PSG’s forwards scored for the second Champions League away match in a row, as the Brazilian rolled a clever free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner from just outside the box.Anderlecht went close to a consolation goal as Henry Onyekuru hit the woodwork, but Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s men remained pointless and goalless.Argentinian Di Maria raced clear before dinking in to complete the scoring, as PSG reached the halfway stage of the group having scored 12 goals without reply.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar teases Sourav Ganguly over ‘how much he enjoyed training’

first_imgAdvertisement 6gp52NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2dqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6eym( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c7jj1vWould you ever consider trying this?😱37dCan your students do this? 🌚06lnRoller skating! Powered by Firework Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar still shares a wonderful camaraderie with his former colleagues, as it was witnessed in a recent social media post from former Indian captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. Sachin, who is also known for his sharp humour, replied to Ganguly’s Instagram post which amused his fans all around the globe.Advertisement Picture Credit: FirstpostLast week, Ganguly posted a photo of himself on social media, captioning: “A good fitness session in a cold morning is very freshning….” to which Tendulkar replied, “Well done Dadi! Kya Baat hai.”Meanwhile, Dada appreciated this comment from his dependable batsman, replying: “@sachintendulkar… thank you champion… always was a fitness freak…. u remember the great training days?”And Sachin took no time to reply back with a hilarious banter which read: “Ye Dadi.. We all know how much you enjoyed the training! Especially ‘Skipping’.”In the late 90s and early 2000s, the phenomenal pair of Sachin and Sourav took the world by storm which is even to this day an adorable memory for the Indian fans. The duo used to open for the Men in Blues and together scored over 20 centuries, the highest by an opening pair in ODI cricket.Their lethal partnership was a headache for the opponents and it also laid the foundation of a formidable Indian batting line up. Together Tendulkar and Ganguly hold the record for the most hundred-run partnerships by a pair (26) while also scoring 8227 form 176 innings with a fantastic average of 47.55.In an interview earlier, Sourav was all praise for his partner in crime saying, “These were the moments of my career I always cherish. My batting with Sachin in one-day internationals at the top was a huge learning experience.”Sachin, on the other hand, also cherished those charming days and said, “We had terrific partnerships. there were tough moments too in the middle when we discussed how and what to do to get out of the tight situations”Nostalgia much? Yeah we’re doing the same too.You may also like:Ravi Shastri: Feud against Sourav Ganguly is only ‘chaat and Bhelpuri with mirch and masala’ for mediaSourav Ganguly to talk to Kohli, Shastri about India’s weakness in batting first in T20s Advertisementlast_img read more