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Real Madrid tops PSG to reach Champions League quarterfinals

Despite the PSG supporters making all the noises in support of their team, Real Madrid were the more risky team throughout as the Paris outfit dearly missed the injured Neymar.

Of course, it's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - and it's not the least bit surprising that they are stepping up at just the right time for their teams.

"Zinedine Zidane made a clever decision in putting wide players in [Marco] Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open up PSG and they did not know how to defend that", he said on his YouTube vlog.

"In the summer we spent €400m and everyone was talking about how it was going to change things, but we have failed to get through this round again", German forward Julian Draxler said.

PSG were in control in the first half, dominating in midfield, but without their Brazilian talisman Neymar, who is recovering from ankle surgery, they were toothless up front.

As it limps out, Real's dream of becoming the first team in more than 40 years to win three successive European Cups remains alive.

However, the newspaper also said that many within the Barcelona organization doubted Neymar's sincerity, instead believing the interest to merely be an "alibi" while he really explores the chance to join Barcelona's arch-rivals Madrid.

PSG are also likely to face punishment from UEFA after the game was briefly stopped because of smoke from the flares of the home fans.

There were no such fireworks in the first half at Anfield with neither side producing a shot on target in a tepid 45 minutes. Alphonse Areola kept PSG in the game early with an excellent reflex stop from a close-range Sergio Ramos effort, before Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both spurned decent opportunities.

That just delayed the inevitable.

Unable to clear their lines in their own area, PSG saw Casemiro's shot go in via a Marquinhos deflection. "The manager showed that he is not wedded to anyone", he said after the game, knowing that he had usurped a couple of players many thought would start.

But PSG, who are reportedly looking for £355m to sell Neymar in the future, are not prepare to part ways with their star man.

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