Champions League: Paris St Germain turn on style in 4-1 win at Olympiakos
Last Updated: 18/09/13 9:50am
Edinson Cavani: On target in Paris St Germain's 4-1 victory over Olympiakos
Paris St Germain kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 4-1 victory away to Olympiakos as Thiago Motta netted twice.
Edinson Cavani's first-half opener for PSG was quickly cancelled out by Vladimir Weiss, but the French side proved far too strong in the second half as Motta bagged a brace and Marquinhos completed the scoring.
Marquinhos' goal came just minutes after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had seen a penalty saved by Roberto Jimenez, without whom the Greeks would have been facing up to a much heavier defeat.
The Greeks almost hit the front after 16 minutes, but David Fuster's 25-yard volley crashed off the bar.
Instead the deadlock was broken four minutes later at the other end as Maxwell slid the ball in to Cavani, who scored with a low close-range finish.
Kostas Mitroglou headed wide as the hosts looked to respond and they drew level in the 25th minute thanks to Weiss' shot from inside the area.
PSG came out firing for the second half and might have gone back in front only three minutes in had Dimitrios Siovas not blocked Marco Verratti's effort from deep inside the area.
Cavani then forced a diving save from Jimenez, the goalkeeper turning the Argentinian's drilled effort round a post.
Jimenez produced another athletic stop to deny Gregory van der Wiel before the French side finally made their dominance count in the 68th minute.
Ezequiel Lavezzi, introduced at the break in place of Lucas Moura, swung in a corner from the left and Thiago Motta glanced home a header at the near post.
The two combined again four minutes later, Thiago Motta this time meeting his team-mate's delivery in the centre of the area and sending another header low into the net.
The French side were rampant now, with seemingly only Jimenez doing anything to keep them out.
He parried a Cavani curler from the edge of the area before turning away an Ibrahimovic penalty in the 81st minute, awarded following a foul on the Swede by Andreas Samaris.
But he could not prevent the visitors getting a fourth four minutes from time, this time Thiago Motta providing the corner from which Marquinhos headed home.
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Tue 17th Sep - Group A
Man Utd4 - 2Leverkusen
Sociedad0 - 2Shak Donetsk
Tue 17th Sep - Group B
FC Cop'hagen1 - 1Juventus
Galatasaray1 - 6R Madrid
Tue 17th Sep - Group C
Olympiakos1 - 4PSG
Benfica2 - 0Anderlecht
Tue 17th Sep - Group D
Bay Munich3 - 0CSKA Mosc
Plzen0 - 3Man City
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