Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals as a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday gave them a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half header and a deflected strike from Casemiro were enough to keep the holders on track for a third trophy in a row, either side of a goal from Edinson Cavani.
PSG’s frustrations were compounded when Marco Verratti was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for dissent.
Madrid seized the advantage in the tie with two late goals in their 3-1 first-leg win and they managed the clash at Parc des Princes in professional fashion, as PSG, without the injured Neymar, struggled for inspiration in the attacking third.
Zinedine Zidane somewhat surprisingly started Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez on the wings and the two combined to set up Ronaldo for the killer goal in the second half, as the Portugal star kept up his run of scoring in every game in this season’s competition.
8 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all eight of his Champions League games this season, netting 12 goals. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/UnoTWpKEwT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2018
Verratti’s dismissal ended any lingering hope of a comeback for PSG, with Casemiro sealing the win after Cavani’s equaliser, meaning their wait for a European crown goes on and the pressure on head coach Unai Emery will grow after a second consecutive last-16 exit.
Verratti’s foolish remonstrations with referee Felix Brych earned him a second yellow card 15 minutes later, but Cavani at least gave the boisterous PSG fans something to cheer when Di Maria’s diving header rebounded off Ramos and then the Uruguay striker before nestling into the net.
9 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the second player in #UCL history to score in nine consecutive games (14 goals), after Ruud van Nistelrroy for Manchester United in 2003 (12). Monster. pic.twitter.com/oUiaZLqYHi
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 6, 2018
Benzema and Ronaldo each came close as space began to open up in the home side’s defence, but it was Casemiro who brought an end to PSG’s 100 per cent winning record at home this season, intercepting Adrien Rabiot’s poor clearance before seeing his shot deflect over Areola and in with 10 minutes remaining.