Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most

Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most

Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most

In the first half, we dominated and could have opened the scoring.

A scrappy PSG goal from Edinson Cavani was followed by the cherry on the cake for the defending European champions with Brazilian Casemiro's deflected goal.

It seems once again that the 12-time Champions League winners save their best for Europe, something which is borne out by a look at their recent record in the competition.

"We've had hard moments in the Liga and Copa del Rey, but it's always hard to maintain the same level while playing every three days", Zidane said on Tuesday.

But then things turned against us: Real Madrid scored, Marco Verratti was sent off. obviously, with ten men, it got all the more hard.

"This year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise and the next round will be very hard".

"Maybe tonight they weren't so good, but it's also because we played very well", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

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Which is not to sell Real Madrid as some thrifty club scouring Spain and Europe for the cheapest talent, for it was they who helped shape modern football, and they invented the Galactico model of buying big.

Zidane has been readying Vazquez for this too. He had netted twice in the first leg. Real's complete mastery of PSG at Parc des Princes was staged by the Frenchman's lesser courtiers, but it remains to be seen if he retains his faith in them for the quarterfinals. The Brazilian superstar adopted well in Paris and got to business right from the first game that he played for the club.

PSG finished the game with 10 men after Marco Verratti was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 66th minute, but Real had done the job already.

"I'm sad for the defeat, but much more more sad not to be on the pitch helping my teammates", Neymar, who was the protagonist for Barcelona in that tie, tweeted after the game.

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Analysing these two matches immediately, we can say that Real Madrid deserved it 60 per cent and us only 40 per cent". After all, they are "a team of Champions", as he put it.

History speaks for itself if your Madrid fan in this fixture, having beaten their opponents six times out of the last seven.

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