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PSG starts bid for European glory against Dynamo

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Sept. 17, 2012, 1:56 p.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

Dynamo Kyiv's Yevhen Khacheridi, right, challenges for the ball against Igor De Camargo of Borussia Moenchengladbach during their Champions League Qualification soccer match at the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kyiv,Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
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PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain's bid to become a European power gets under way with a Champions League opener against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday, with coach Carlo Ancelotti confident his expensively assembled team has turned the corner after a slow start to the season.

After beginning the season with three straight draws, Paris Saint-Germain has won its last two and Ancelotti says "we're getting better and I think we're ready for the Champions League now."

With nearly €160 million spent on new players this season, including star signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG will be expected to win a Group A that features Porto and Dinamo Zagreb.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, who joined PSG from AC Milan along with Ibrahimovic, is expected to make his long-awaited debut at center back.

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