Paris: Last night, Paris played host to the defending champions as PSG battled it out on their home turf against the reigning champions, Real Madrid. Real had secured a 3-1 lead when PSG visited Madrid a month back and where going to seal the deal this time around. PSG however still have nightmares of how they blew a 4-0 lead against another Spanish opposition last year during the same stage however the coach, the players and the owners of the club were brimming with confidence that they can knock the 12 time winners of the competition this season. This confidence must have come from a 56 match unbeaten home record and the poor results Real has domestically.
The Los Blancos had a steamy reception with “Puta Madrid” sign displayed by the PSG supporters in front of the Madrid hotel and the atmosphere at the Parc De Princess was even more intimidating with a sold out crowd waving the colors of the club. To add a bit more spice, certain sections of the crowd even lit up flares and covered half the pitch with smoke.
The first half was rather quiet with both teams sizing up their opposition. The only real scare to the home side was when Karim Benzema was one on one with the PSG stopper Alphonse Areola and the Madrid marksman fired wide. The second half had a bit more life and it was clearly seen that both coaches had revised their tactics. PSG were slowly finding their rhythm when a sublime pass from Marco Asensio found Lucas Vasquez who crossed the ball into the box and waiting on the other end was none other than the current Balon D Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo who leaped higher than the PSG defense and slotted the first goal in. PSG soon fell a man short with Marco Veratti being shown a second yellow for his aggressive protest against the referee. The resilience of the home side were still being shown as they equalized with an Edinson Cavani goal which bounced onto the feet of the Urugyan after a deflection from Casemiro. PSG still battled hard with only 10 men on the pitch but it was in vain as Casemiro himself slotted the second goal for Madrid after a cruel deflection that left Areola unable to get his hands on the ball.
After the second goal was slotted PSG seemed to have accepted their fate as there was no vigor, passion or pressure. To make things worse PSG substitute Javier Pastore had gifted the Madrid side the ball three times in under 3 minutes during the closing minutes but in the end the Spanish Giants prevailed in the competition that they call their own and move on to the Quarter Finals for an 8th consecutive time.