Unai Emery was made to work hard for his first Ligue 1 victory in charge of Paris Saint-Germain as last season’s champions escaped the island of Corsica with all three points thanks to a 1-0 win against Bastia.
Layvin Kurzawa’s solitary strike in the 74th minute was enough to deny the resolute hosts of a hard-fought point as the PSG began life without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a positive fashion.
Emery’s men dominated possession from the outset but it was the Corsican hosts who fired the first shot in anger, but a weak header was easily gathered by PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Bastia’s counter-attacking continued to cause problems for the visitors as Sadio Diallo pulled one wide from distance before a surprised Enzo Crivelli wasted a decent opportunity, scuffing a shot wide just yards away from Trapp.
Angel Di Maria had the visitors’ first decent opportunity just before the half-hour mark but, after beating Florian Marange, the former Real Madrid forward’s effort forced a diving save from Jean-Louis Leca.
Soon after Diallo sent a free kick sailing over the crossbar as both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game, before Di Maria forced another save from Leca after Kurzawa had picked him out.
Despite seeing more than 75 percent of the ball, PSG went in goalless at the break as Francois Ciccolini ended the first 45 minutes of the new season the happier boss.
The unchanged visitors picked up where they left off in the second period and but for a strong two-handed save from Leca, Di Maria would have opened the scoring with a stinging first-time volley from just inside the area.