Real Madrid outplay Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid outplay Paris Saint-Germain

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo called himself a stand out performer after scoring twice for holders Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round-of-16 tie here.

With the scores level, PSG also thought they should have had a penalty when a shot from Rabiot hit Sergio Ramos on the arm, thankfully, the referee waved play-on.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday said that he was not anxious about his future with the Spanish team and instead remained focused on the upcoming Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.

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PSG had their fair share of chances, all of Neymar, Mbappe, Rabiot (who scored their only goal) and Edinson Cavani could have given PSG an upper hand at different stages of the game but they failed to. "Last year I went through much worse [at Barcelona] and we managed to overcome". A year after the spectacular collapse in Barcelona and the 6-1 defeat that sent them packing from the Champions League in the last 16 despite a 4-0 win in the first leg, again PSG fell apart late on against one of Spain's giants.

Coach Unai Emery surely needs to win this tie to remain in the job, but he took big decisions that backfired.

PSG soon found their groove though, with Neymar the chief tormentor of the Real Madrid defence - and the Brazilian played a part in the opening goal, cushioning a Kylian Mbappe cross into the path of Rabiot, who fired over the diving Keylor Navas.

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"With Ronaldo it's hard to always say the same thing". We did not deserve to lose.

Real supporters chose an image of Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.

Toni Kroos was hauled down in the penalty box by surprise starter Giovani Lo Celso, and Ronaldo fired the resulting penalty into the bottom corner, grazing the fingertips of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on its way in.

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Cristiano is in a formidable form in the European competition as he has a total of 19 goals from his last 11 UCL matches for Real Madrid.

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