Cristiano Ronaldo overwhelms PSG in Champions League win

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claimed the referee helped Real Madrid overcome his side in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night, and insisted that Neymar would not be leaving the club.

Real Madrid picked up their intensity offensively, yet PSG still looked like they would head to the intermission with the lead when Areola made a remarkable save to deny Karim Benzema. "Creamy" said for a few moments before the half time whistle - Kroos earned a penalty, and Ronaldo is not without problems implemented a judicial sentence. A more honest appraisal of the PSG defeat came from Rabiot, who said: "I am disappointed... we always say the same things, we always do the same things, and in the end, we are always floored in the same way".

9 - Bayern Munich are Ronaldo's favourite opposition in the competition, he has scored nine times in six appearances for Madrid against the Bundesliga champions. We created chances but they weren't clear ones.

"In the second half we waited a little bit, we played better, and we had more opportunities".

Even though the league title appears well beyond reach, Madrid is in fourth place and needs to make sure it stays ahead of Villarreal and Sevilla in the fight for a top-four finish that is rewarded with a Champions League berth.

On PSG's chances of beating Real in the return leg on March 6, he said: "I think it is hard, but nothing is impossible".

Three minutes later, Asensio picked out Marcelo from the corner and the Brazilian finished impressively to give Los Blancos a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg.

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"His tendency was to whistle more in favour of Real Madrid".

The 33-year-old, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over the Ligue 1 giants, became the first player in the history of the competition to score 100 goals for one club.

Navas was called into action early in the second half as he got down to his right to keep out Mbappe from Neymar's delivery into the box on the right on 49 minutes.

Midfielder Marco Verratti was also optimistic.

The hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho. Neymar scored 2 vital goals in the final 7 minutes of the match.

PSG are used to strolling through games in second gear and as a result, it is hard to play with the intensity required for 90 minutes to beat Real Madrid. "Despite what we all say, Real Madrid can never be written off", Ramos was quoted as saying by the club website.

  • Sonia Alvarado