Inter 0-1 PSG: Augustin strike seals friendly win

The 18-year-old made the most of a rare start by scoring the only goal of the game as Laurent Blanc’s men ran out narrow winners in Qatar

Teenager Jean-Kevin Augustin scored the winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Inter 1-0 in a friendly in Qatar on Wednesday.

The leaders of Ligue 1 and Serie A went head-to-head in Doha as they bid to maintain their fitness levels during their respective winter breaks.

Both managers opted for strong line-ups but it was one of PSG’s youngsters who struck the only goal of the game, with Augustin latching onto Marco Verratti’s improvised throughball to finish smartly.

The 18-year-old had gone close in the opening minute, as he quickly established an understanding with Verratti, but the young forward blazed over the crossbar.

Former Inter man Zlatan Ibrahimovic quickly got in on the action as well. He backheeled the ball into the path of Blaise Matuidi, who drove a low effort at Samir Handanovic.

The Sweden striker then brought the best out of Inter’s goalkeeper with a left-foot piledriver that appeared bound for the top corner.

Verratti hit the crossbar after jinking his way to the penalty spot on the half-hour mark but the Italian’s tenacity would pay off just before the interval.

His persistence to win the ball afforded Augustin a chance one-on-one with Handanovic and the 18-year-old clipped a neat shot beyond the keeper.

Inter had enjoyed few chances before the break, but Stevan Jovetic should have scored five minutes into the second half, as PSG keeper Kevin Trapp denied the striker at the back post.

Adrien Rabiot then curled a neat effort over the crossbar just before the hour mark, before a string of substitutions sapped the game of momentum, with PSG holding on for the win.

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