Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo on target, Real Madrid beat PSG to enter quarters

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net for his ninth straight games in the Champions League as Real Madrid beat a wounded Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the second leg of the Round of 16 at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.Real had come to Paris with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu last month but held nothing back and advanced to the quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive season with a 5-2 tie aggregate.With La Liga title already out of their hands, Real Madrid have all the concentration on the European competition and Ronaldo epitomised that. The star Portuguese has now scored a total of 117 goals in the competition and 14 in eight games this season.¡Entra en el vestuario del equipo en el Parque de los Príncipes y vive en primera persona la celebración tras nuestro pase a cuartos de final! #APorLa13 | #HalaMadrid Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) March 6, 2018Despite the PSG supporters making all the noises in support of their team, Real Madrid were the more dangerous team throughout as the Paris outfit dearly missed the injured Neymar.Real had a great opportunity in the 20th minute, but PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola pulled off a superb save as he parried Sergio Ramos’s effort from close range.The visitors had another chance in the 38th when Karim Benzema’s curled shot was saved by Areola.PSG had their first big chance at the stroke of halftime as Kylian Mbappe burst down the right flank, only for his low shot to be blocked by Real keeper Keylor Navas.advertisementDANGEROUS REALThe stadium announcer asked the PSG fans to stop lighting flares at the start of the second half, with smoke having covered part of the pitch. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. fans lit flares during the club’s match against Real Madrid in the Champions League. (Photo: Reuters)But that did not stop Real from coming out all guns blazing, Ronaldo’s header from near the penalty spot shaving Areola’s right-hand post.The Portuguese was spot on in the 52nd minute, beating Areola with a downward header from Lucas Vazquez’s cross from the left.It was Asensio in the build up, who like the entire night, burst ahead on the left flank and then found Vazquez with a brilliant splitting pass. Vazquez, himself sent an inch-perfect pass towards Ronaldo and the Portuguese made no mistake.PSG coach Unai Emery, who is under pressure a year after his side lost 6-1 at Barca in the last 16 following a 4-0 home win in the first leg, replaced holding midfielder Thiago Motta with the more creative Javier Pastore on the hour.But PSG finished the match with 10 men after combative midfielder Marco Verratti picked up a second yellow card.They levelled in the 71st when the ball deflected into the net off Cavani to peg PSG back a little. However, that was short-lived as Casemiro’s shot in the 80th minute took a slight deflection off Marquinhos to earn the win.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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