Paris – Real Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg. Ronaldo scores again, a Dusel goal will make the final decision.
Real Madrid’s royalists have defended the attack on their throne in a sovereign manner. After a 3-1 win in a 2-1 (0-0) top duel at Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish record-breaking Spanish champion moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the eighth time in a row, finishing the French star ensemble’s title dreams with an impressive performance. PSG missed injured superstar Neymar painfully.
World soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who played in the 51st World Cup. With Real, however, substitute world champion Toni Kroos can look forward to a third consecutive victory in the premier class with Real. This puts coach Zinedine Zidane out of the line of fire for the time being. The Frenchman had come under pressure from arch-rivals FC Barcelona in view of the 15-point gap in the league (results and schedule).
But PSG coach Unai Emery is uncomfortable. The sheikhs from Qatar, who are pumping millions of dollars into the club, are desperate for Europe’s football crown. Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani’s (70th) compensation was far too little. Casemiro (80th) made it clear to the Spaniards that there was no shortage.
The six-time French champions had already failed last year after two memorable games in the royal class eighth-finals at FC Barcelona (4-0 and 1-6) and the injured 222-million-man Neymar (broken foot) was missing at all corners and ends. World champion Julian Draxler was nevertheless only in the 76th place. minute. After yellow and red against Marco Verratti (66), Paris was already outnumbered by Marco Verratti (66th).
Kroos sat under the watchful eye of national coach Joachim Löw after surviving knee injury, as did Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, initially only on the bench. Paris was anxious to get pressure going in the early minutes, but the guests had the action in Prinzenpark with their 4-4-2-system mostly under control and brought calm with longer ball passages into play.
Real’s defence chef Sergio Ramos, however, had the chance to take the lead, but failed to do so because of Alphonse Areola (17th) who had once again been given the advantage over Kevin Trapp, the national goalkeeper.
In contrast to the tempo- and chance-rich first leg, both teams were tactically disciplined. Ramos’ well-organized defensive failed to develop the PSG offensive around Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Cavani in the first round. In addition, the Spaniards repeatedly put needlesticks to the front. Karim Benzema forgave against his compatriots in his 100th birthday. Champions League game but alone in front of Areola (37.). On the other hand, ex-real pro Di Maria and Mbappe failed due to Keylor Navas (41th/43rd).
Real impressed even after the change in the match, which was well managed by referee Felix Brych (Munich). At first, Ronaldo missed the lead by a narrow margin (50th) and a minute later the Portuguese superstar Areola with his header left no chance from a short distance. It was already the twelfth goal of the European championship in the eighth game of the current competition.
After Verrattis expelled him, Cavani’s billiard goal once again awakened quiet hopes among the hosts. But Casemiro finally made everything clear.