Real Madrid’s underwhelming start to the new season took another disappointing turn on Wednesday night as a toothless display in their 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain saw them fail to register a single shot on target.
Despite starting with a formidable-looking front three of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, former goalkeeper Keylor Navas was left with a spectator’s view of a polished PSG performance.
Another former Madrid favourite, Angel Di Maria, scored twice in the first half before Thomas Meunier rounded off the win in stoppage time. Meunier’s goal, the result of some fine combination play with fellow full-back Juan Bernat, meant the defeat became the heaviest Madrid have suffered under Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League.
The game saw Madrid fail to test the opposing goalkeeper for the first time in a Champions League match since the 2003-04 season. It was also the first time they have lost the opening match of a Champions League campaign since 2006 – another defeat in France, on that occasion against Lyon.