Real Madrid celebrate after knocking PSG out of the Champions League
Real Madrid secured a 2-1 last-16 second-leg win over PSG to dump the Ligue 1 side out of the Champions League on Tuesday, winning 5-2 on aggregate.
Zinedine Zidane's side had a 3-1 lead from the first leg at the Bernabeu, and after a goalless first half, it took Cristiano Ronaldo (51) just six minutes of the second period to put Real Madrid further ahead.
PSG went down to 10 men 15 minutes later as Marco Verratti (66) was shown a second yellow card, but they equalised on the night not long after as Edinson Cavani (71) diverted the ball home with his leg.
But with 10 minutes of normal time to play, Casemiro (80) sealed Real's path to the quarter-finals as his powerful effort from the edge of the box found the back of the net via a deflection.
PSG: Areola (7), Silva (7), Marquinhos (6), Berchiche (6), Alves (6), Verratti (5), Motta (6), Rabiot (5), Cavani (6), Di Maria (6), Mbappe (5).
Subs used: Pastore (6), Draxler (5), Diarra (n/a).
Real Madrid: Navas (7), Carvajal (7), Ramos (7), Varane (7), Marcelo (7), Casemiro (7), Vazquez (7), Asensio (7), Kovacic (7), Ronaldo (8), Benzema (7).
Subs used: Kroos (6), Bale (6), Isco (n/a).
Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was a cagey start to the game in Paris but Real Madrid had the first chances in the 19th minute. Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez nearly produced a good one-two, but the latter's ball back was smothered by the PSG defence before Karim Benzema skied the rebound over the bar. Sergio Ramos then went close from the corner, but saw his effort superbly pushed away by Alphonse Areola.
Real Madrid went close again 19 minutes later but were denied by the PSG goalkeeper. An unmarked Benzema was set away down the left before cutting into the box, but his eventual shot was superbly turned behind by Areola's outstretched leg.
But PSG were also testing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the final minutes of the first half. Verratti picked out Angel Di Maria down the right of the box before the Argentine attempted to find the waiting Cavani, but his cross was collected down low by Navas, before he denied Kylian Mbappe at the near post minutes later by pushing his shot behind the post.
PSG kept just four players in the XI from the weekend's win against Troyes, with Alphonse Areola, Thiago Silva, Adrien Rabiot and Angel Di Maria making the cut. Real Madrid made five changes with Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic coming into the XI.
Six minutes after the restart and Ronaldo continued his run of scoring in every Champions League game this season. Marco Asensio raced down the left before sliding a superb pass to Vazquez in the box, who in turn fired the ball across the face of goal for Ronaldo at the back post. Of course, he made no mistake in heading home to put Real Madrid in front on the night.
Things got worse for PSG before they got better, though, as they went down to 10 men in the 66th minute. After picking up a booking for a foul on Casemiro in the first half, he was shown a second yellow for dissent after he felt he should have been awarded a free kick and sent off.
3 - 3 of Paris' last four red cards in the Champions League have been received by Marco Verratti. Nervous. pic.twitter.com/XCCRvA13v7— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 6, 2018
But five minutes later, and PSG levelled up proceedings on the night, although it was a scrappy effort. Javier Pastore's initial header ricocheted off the leg of Casemiro before being prodded home by the leg of Cavani, but it was enough to lift the Parc des Princes crowd.
Real Madrid were not finished, however, and in the 80th minute, secured their spot in the quarter-finals. After another giveaway from PSG, Ronaldo races forward before sliding in Vazquez down the right of the box. His cross was cleared poorly by Adrien Rabiot, who swept home from the top of the box after taking a huge deflection off Marquinhos.
Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid ahead in the second leg
- Paris Saint-Germain have fallen at the Last 16 stage in each of the last two Champions League campaigns (v Barcelona - 2016-17); this after progressing past this stage in the previous four seasons.
- Real Madrid have reached the Champions League quarter-final stage for the 8th successive season - bettered only by Barcelona's current run of 10 in the competition's history.
- Real Madrid ended PSG's 51-game unbeaten run at Parc des Princes in all competitions (W42 D9), also halting their 19-game winning streak.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the second player in Champions League history to score in nine consecutive games (14 goals), after Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in 2003 (12).
Man of the match - Cristiano Ronaldo
Who else? He continues to show why he is one of the best goalscorers to have ever graced the game, and also showed off his unselfish side at many points throughout the encounter - playing passes to team-mates in and around the box - as has been his pattern lately.
8 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all eight of his Champions League games this season, netting 12 goals. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/UnoTWpKEwT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2018
He was a handful in the second half as the PSG defence waned, and will certainly continue to light up the competition as Real Madrid progress.
PSG will host Metz in Ligue 1 on Saturday, with Real Madrid also in action on the same day live on Sky Sports at midday when they travel to Eibar in La Liga.