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Cristiano Ronaldo double sends Real Madrid to comeback win over PSG


Ronaldo prepares to shoot ahead of Presnel Kimpembe. Photo: Francisco Seco/AP

8 min: Marcelo goes down hurt after a challenge by Dani Alves as the pair contested a bouncing ball. Alves immediately rushes to his compatriot’s assistance and waves at the referee to stop play. There was no foul, but Marcelo looks in serious distress. You can hear his screams of pain being picked up by the pitch-side microphones.

7 min: Real Madrid continue to press and press and press, not giving PSG’s players a second to settle on the ball. After Kroos forces a save from Alphonse Areola after hsooting through a thicket of bodies, PSG eventually get out of their own half and in behind the Madrid defence with a sortie down the left.

4 min: Real Madrid have started at an unbelievable lick here and have PSG in all sorts of trouble. Ronaldo lashes a volley across the face of goal after latching on to a through ball from Isco. Soon after, Marquinhos, PSG’s skipper for the night, almost diverts the ball into his own net.

2 min: You know those goal-line officials that idiot pundits who should know better claim don’t do anything? I’ll bet you any money the referee consulted one of those before making up his mind on that penalty decision. his whistle was halfway to his mouth before he decided against blowing it.

1 min: Ferocious early pressing from Real, who win a corner straight away. Toni Kroos plays it short to Isco, who returns the favour. The ball’s lumped into the box and Yuri Berchiche appears to foul Kroos. Real appeal for a penalty and the referee thinks long and hard about it. No spot-kick is forthcoming.

Real Madrid v PSG is go!

Out they march …

Not long now …

A gamble by Unai Emery …

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain line-ups

Unai Emery speaks


Unai Emery speaking to the press last night. Photo: REX/Shutterstock

Zinedine Zidane speaks …


Zinedine Zidane addresses the press at yesterday’s pre-match briefing. Photo: Emilio Naranjo/EPA

Early team news …

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain preview

Good evening and welcome

The Champions League last-16 games returns tonight. I’ll be focusing on the first leg between Real Madrid and PSG.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm but stay with me for all the pre-match build-up. Team news is expected at 6.45pm.


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