Ronaldo inspires Real Madrid to beat PSG for quarter-finals ticket

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot felt that the game became "impossible" as the ten-man French side fell to a 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate) defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.

"I'm sure this team can win the Champions League".

Marquinhos' injured countryman Neymar, who missed out after undergoing foot surgery last week, took to Twitter to congratulate his PSG teammates following the match.

In eight Champions League appearances in 2017-18 thus far, the Portuguese star has scored 12 times, including four doubles.

Draxler believes that Emery should have developed a more gung-ho approach and should have focused on putting pressure on Real Madrid when the team was two points ahead.

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Things haven't been as bright domestically for the Champions League and Primera Division holders this season. Real Madrid had looked the better side and their dominance eventually paid off in the 51st minute, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored.

Dani Alves almost got Cristiano Ronaldo booked for a silly kick out early in the match but didn't add much else for PSG vs Real Madrid. They rarely utilised the space they got on the wings and when they did, the crosses didn't find their way to Cavani. Six of Tuesday's lineup started that night: They had shown before they could beat Europe's elite without Neymar.

"Either we sit down and cry, or we get up and do what we have to do", said Alves. To be fair to him, the sending off of Verratti did make things hard for them.

Next up for PSG are Ligue 1's bottom side Metz at home this weekend before Angers visit Paris and a trip to Nice, followed by the Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco in Bordeaux on March 31.

Zidane raised a few eyebrows by including Vázquez in place of Bale but was rewarded with a top-class display.

Cavani levelled when the ball bounced in off him but Casemiro's deflected strike won it. "For the time being, it's not happening but it will happen one day or another". "We will continue with our project notably with those two players (Neymar and Mbappe) because they are the future of the club".

  • Julie Sanders