As they limp out, Real's dream of becoming the first team in more than 40 years to win three successive European Cups remains alive. A year after their spectacular collapse against Barcelona in the last 16, when they were humiliated 6-1 away in the return after a stunning 4-0 win at home, PSG had hoped to produce a memorable comeback themselves this time. Yet, shorn of the world's most expensive player, who is back in Brazil recuperating from a foot operation, they struggled to create chances, and the night will also be remembered for the stupidity of a section of their supporters.
'PSG don't want Wenger'— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) March 6, 2018
French football expert @LaurensJulien insists that the Arsenal manager is not a PSG target following their 5-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in #UCL last 16.
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Flares were lit en masse on several occasions at one end of the ground, once even leading to a brief stoppage in play, and PSG will face punishment from UEFA as a result. Without Neymar, this was Angel Di Maria's big chance to shine after he was left on the bench for the entirety of the first leg, but nothing came off for the Argentine against his former side, his performance symbolic of a wider malaise in the home ranks. They had only made Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas work once in the first half, from Kylian Mbappe's shot in the 43rd minute. In contrast, Alphonse Areola had kept the home side in the game with two fine saves to deny Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema before the interval.
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Unable to clear their lines in their own area, PSG saw Casemiro's shot go in via a Marquinhos deflection. With Marco Asensio and Isco both hitting the post in the second half for Real, the visitors more than deserved their win on the night, as well as in the tie. That rubbed more salt into the wounds for PSG, who had not lost any of their previous 51 home games in all competitions, a run going back two years to before the start of Unai Emery's reign as coach. This defeat is likely to hasten the end of his time in charge.
Real Madrid are rolling in the Champions League ... again.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 7, 2018
PSG disappointed ... again.
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