UCL: Di Maria returns to haunt United, Zaniolo makes history

UCL: Di Maria returns to haunt United, Zaniolo makes history

Former Manchester United forward, Angel Di Maria, came back to haunt his former employers as the UEFA Champions League, UCL, round of 16 got off to the best possible starts.

Di Maria put on a man of the match performance in his first appearance at Old Trafford since leaving the Red Devils in the summer of 2015 to help French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, easily dispatch their hosts, United during their round of 16 first leg tie.

The Argentine, who was booed all through the encounter, provided the creative platform for PSG in the absence of World most expensive player, Neymar, and Uruguayan forward, Edinson Cavani.

Di Maria provided both assists which were finished by the duo of youngsters, Presnel Kimpempe, who scored his first senior goal, and Kylian Mbappe to give PSG a convincing 2-0 win and a healthy advantage heading into the second leg in Paris early next month.

A deserved win sees PSG become the first French side beat Manchester United away, which also brings to an end the fairy tale run of caretaker manager, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer.

An historic night of firsts in Rome 

History was made in Rome Tuesday night as Serie A side, As Roma defeated FC Porto 2-1 in a UCL round of 16 first leg match.

Youngest, Nicolo Zaniolo (L), was the star and hero for the home team, who earned their first ever victory over Porto in European competition.

At just 19 years of age, Zaniolo netted a brace for the Italians, becoming the youngest Italian in the history of the competition to score a brace in a single match.

Zaniolo’s goals, which arrived in the space of six late second half minutes, gave Roma a comfortable 2-0 lead before Porto were handed a lifeline Adrian Lopez, whose 79th minute goal ensured the Portuguese giants will head into the second leg with a valuable away goal.

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