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UCL HIGHLIGHT: PSG 1- 2 REAL MADRID (AGG 2-5)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half header and a deflected strike from Casemiro were enough to keep the holders on track for a third trophy in a row, either side of a goal from Edinson Cavani.

PSG’s frustrations were compounded when Marco Verratti was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for dissent.

Madrid seized the advantage in the tie with two late goals in their 3-1 first-leg win and they managed the clash at Parc des Princes in professional fashion, as PSG, without the injured Neymar, struggled for inspiration in the attacking third.

Zinedine Zidane somewhat surprisingly started Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on the wings and the two combined to set up Ronaldo for the killer goal in the second half, as the Portugal star kept up his run of scoring in every game in this season’s competition.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3):

Areola 7; Alves 6, Marquinhos 5, Thiago Silva 6, Yuri Berchiche 6; Verratti 6, Motta 5, Rabiot 6; Di Maria 6 (Draxler 76), Cavani 6, Mbappe 6 (Diarra 86)

Subs not used: Trapp, Kimpembe, Lo Celso, Meunier

Manager: Unai Emery

Goals: Cavani 71

Yellow cards: Cavani 84

Red cards: Verratti 66

Real Madrid (4-4-2):

Navas 7; Carvajal 7, Ramos 7, Varane 7, Marcelo 6; Lucas Vazquez 8, Kovacic 8 (Kroos 72), Casemiro 7, Asensio 6 (Isco 82); Benzema 6 (Bale 76), Ronaldo 7

Subs not used: Casilla, Nacho, Hernandez, Modric

Manager: Zinedine Zidane

Goals: Ronaldo 51, Casemiro 80

Bookings: Kovacic 32, Ramos 78.

Verratti’s dismissal ended any lingering hope of a comeback for PSG, with Casemiro sealing the win after Cavani’s equaliser, meaning their wait for a European crown goes on and the pressure on head coach Unai Emery will grow after a second consecutive last-16 exit.
Verratti’s foolish remonstrations with referee Felix Brych earned him a second yellow card 15 minutes later, but Cavani at least gave the boisterous PSG fans something to cheer when Di Maria’s diving header rebounded off Ramos and then the Uruguay striker before nestling into the net.

Benzema and Ronaldo each came close as space began to open up in the home side’s defence, but it was Casemiro who brought an end to PSG’s 100 per cent winning record at home this season, intercepting Adrien Rabiot’s poor clearance before seeing his shot deflect over Areola and in with 10 minutes remaining.
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