- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) - Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier had a dream Champions League debut on Wednesday, scoring one goal and setting up another to help the French side win 3-0 at Shakhtar Dontesk.

Aurier headed in PSG’s opener in the seventh minute at Lviv Arena, and the Ivory Coast right back served up a corner for David Luiz to make it 2-0 in the 23rd.

PSG sealed victory when Zlatan Ibrahimovic unleashed a shot that ricocheted off Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna and flew into the net as an own goal in the 90th minute.

The French club made it two wins from as many games to share the lead of Group A on six points with Real Madrid, which won 2-0 at Malmo with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I think this was our best performance of the season as we defeated a really strong team in Shakhtar,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “We can now look forward to the two matches against Real Madrid, a really big club.”

Shakhtar’s second straight loss left it with Malmo on zero points at the bottom of the group.

“I don’t think we deserved this kind of defeat, but we have now played against two great teams, Real Madrid and Paris, who are built to play in a massive tournament like the Champions League,” Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu said. “Now we have to fight for third place in the group, because no matter how well we can play we will not match Madrid and Paris this season.”

PSG made an ideal start when Aurier charged forward to head in Maxwell’s cross at the far post and Ibrahimovic went close to scoring when he headed a rebound past the wrong side of the upright in the 16th.

The French champions didn’t have to wait long for Luiz to double their advantage when Aurier’s corner hit his thigh and looped over Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov before finding the net.

“Serge Aurier needed some time to adapt to our game but now he’s showing his best qualities,” Blanc said.

Shakhtar, however, almost mustered a reply when Marlos dribbled past a group of PSG defenders - only to see his shot go wide.

PSG’s Angel Di Maria and Shakhtar’s Yaroslav Rakitskiy both traded scoring opportunities before halftime and Di Maria went close again in the 58th when his chipped shot just flew over the crossbar.

Alex Teixeira had the hosts’ last good chance to pull one back in the 78th, only for goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to make a save.

Ibrahimovic was behind PSG’s third, collecting a pass from substitute Javier Pastore and firing a shot which Srna inadvertently steered into his own net.


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