PSG end 2015 with victory against Inter in Qatar
DOHA : Teenager Jean-Kevin Augustin scored the only goal as Paris Saint-Germain rounded off a dominant 2015 with victory against Inter Milan in a friendly in Qatar on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old slotted home the winner from an acute angle just a minute before half-time, following fine work from midfielder Marco Verratti.
The result was just reward for PSG’s dominant display although they were made to work by the Italian league leaders in a game that brought the curtain down on the French champions’ four-day winter tour to Qatar.
“We’re very satisfied (with the tour),” said PSG coach Laurent Blanc. “On a sports level and a commercial level it was very brief but it was very well done.”
Despite being a friendly, both sides could have scored several times and there was enough entertainment for the 11,628 spectators in Doha.
Augustin, who had played only six times for PSG before Wednesday, could also have scored after just 36 seconds, missing a great chance by blazing over from some 15 yards when clean through on Inter’s goal.
Star draw Zlatan Ibrahimovic, booed by some Inter fans, also went close forcing a fine save from Samir Handanovic in the 13th minute.
But despite their dominance of possession, PSG were opened up several times by Inter and the Italians almost broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Martin Montoya was denied by Kevin Trapp.