Champions League: Real Madrid, Liverpool advance to quarterfinals

Sports Burst – Back to Reality for Real

Sports Burst – Back to Reality for Real

Instead Vasquez was forced to play a one-two with the five time Ballon d'Or victor, the PSG backline got in the way and the chance was effectively over.

This season was supposed to be their season.

PSG's latest loss happens to be the second one they exit at the last 16 stage, and this appears to have drawn the last straw as Emery will reportedly no longer be leading the club next season, according to Telegraph.

"In the first match, our chances were fifty-fifty, but Real managed to do better". Frustration boiled over 15 minutes later when Marco Verratti picked up a second yellow card for dissent, angry at the referee for not blowing his whistle for a perceived foul.

The tie was probably getting away from PSG anyway, but Marco Verratti's disastrous sending-off sealed their fate.

Real Madrid needed just one goal to force PSG to score three, and a fine header from Cristiano Ronaldo early in the second half did just that.

Real are now into the Champions League quarter-finals for an eighth successive season and the possibility of an unprecedented third consecutive title is a real possibility.

We are really very disappointed tonight. "We'll continue with patience, and build a team that can win", he said.

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The five time Ballon d'Or victor maintained his record of scoring in every Champions League game, this season when he gave Real the lead in Paris, tonight, extending their aggregate lead to 4-1 in the process.

"Losing to Real Madrid itself isn't a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is".

Liverpool was able to sit back, rest some players, dominant possession and cruise into the quarterfinals.

"They had the ball more than us but we were very aggressive, everybody was running, and when we're like this it's hard to beat us".

Jurgen Klopp's side advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate win from the first-leg at the Estadio Dragao three weeks ago.

Since 2011, Paris Saint-Germain are yet to make it past the Champions League and after $496m spent last summer on the likes of Neymar, they are still very far from European supremacy.

"It's my third year here and it's incredible how it changes when we play the Champions League". We don't wish for anybody. "He is an important player for us".

Angel Di Maria, who won the Champions League with Real in 2014, is likely to be the major beneficiary of Neymar's absence. The same journalist broke the news about Bale being dropped for the first leg.

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