It was an exciting evening at Parc Des Prince. Real Madrid needed to further trump on their host PSG to save their below par season and that was exactly what they got. But it didn’t come without a lot of drama both on the pitch and in the stands, a few celebrity sightings even.
A headed goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and a deflected shot from Casemiro left Edinson Cavani’s strike with not impact on the final result of the game with the visitors going through to the Quarter Finals a 5-2 aggregate win across two legs over their French opponents.
A lot happened in between the three goals summarized earlier and we have decided to revisit the happenings of the Champions League crackdown between the two European powerhouse on Tuesday night.
PSG Fans Reminded Their Players Impossible Is Nothing
PSG may have missed their chance to inflict familiar wound on Real Madrid on Tuesday night like they did 25 years ago. But their fans haven’t forgotten about how the Parisian outfit inflicted one of the worst defeats in the history of Los Blancos.
Fans were seen displaying a banner which read: ’25 ANS PLUS TARD. RENTREZ VOUS AUSSI DANS L’HISTOIRE’, which translates as ’25 years later, write yourself into the history books too’, relating to one of Real Madrid’s most forgettable European nights ever.
The banner refers to second-leg of the UEFA Cup quarter-final in 1993. PSG overturned a 3-1 loss at the Bernabau to beat Real Madrid 4-1 in the second-leg, a defeat which is viewed as one of the worst in Madrid’s history, who were expected to win comfortably but fell to an expensively-assembled team that featured George Weah and David Ginola.
Parc des Princes Fiery At Kick-off
When PSG famously downed the Spanish giants in 1993, the Parc des Princes donned a smokey atmosphere as fans lit flares and did all they could to unsettle Madrid, a tactic PSG fans also repeated some 25 years later.
In the early stages of the match, a notable haze filled the stadium, created by the many flares around the ground. The smokey atmosphere covered all corners of the ground in attempt to unsettle the visitors, building off the work of PSG ultras, who banged drums and let off flares outside Real Madrid’s team hotel at 1.30am to wake up the Madrid players on Monday night.
The fog again appeared at the start of the second half, as the ultras embarked on a similar pattern of lighting flares, but all attempts to ruin the groove of the reigning champions proved fruitless.
Cristiano Got Away With This
Cristiano Ronaldo can consider himself lucky that he wasn’t sent off in the first-half for taking a swipe at a former Barcelona full-back.
As Madrid were awarded a free-kick, Dani Alves raced ahead of the Portuguese forward and in response, Ronaldo tried to kick him.
The kick itself didn’t appear malicious or come across as Ronaldo attempting to go out of his way to hurt Alves, but had the Brazilian received contact, it would’ve been tough to make an argument against sending Ronaldo off.
The referee failed to spot it and the Champions League’s all-time record goalscorer ended up completing the full 90 minutes.
A-List Visitors In The Stands
There were 46,585 people in the stands at Parc Des Prince on Tuesday Night, a lot of familiar faces too as we spotted both from the football world and outside.
Former Ballon D’or winner, Real Madrid and AC Milan Legend, Ricardo Kaka was in attendance with his brother Digao, as they watched the side he join for a then world record fee, Real Madrid crash their host out of the UEFA Champions League competition.
Sir Alex Ferguson present at the Parc de Princes, may want to watch the former foster children, Ronaldo times yes. Sir Alex Ferguson is a former Man United manager.
David Beckham was present to watch the team where he ended his trophy-laden career take-on the team that famously made him a ‘galactico’ over a decade ago.
Beckham, who retired as a PSG player back in 2013, was back in Paris to watch two of his former sides battle it out on Tuesday night.
The former England captain won league titles with both clubs and was joined by another old team-mate with a huge trophy cabinet in Gary Neville, who joined Becks in the stands and appeared to be in good spirits throughout.
Former Real Madrid Captain, Raul Gonzalez, was in the stands as he watched his side inflict further harm on their Parisian counterparts.
Joachim Low, the German National team coach, was equally present as two members of his team, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos, will be facing each other.
Supermodel Bella Hadid was also in attendance.
Neymar forced to play spectator
When news broke that Neymar had broken his foot and faces a race to be fit for the World Cup, to some, that was the moment that PSG’s chances of progress against Real Madrid ended, but the Brazilian superstar remained optimistic.
‘Allez mon gars’ was the message Neymar posted to his Instagram story from the sunny climes of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he is currently based as he recovers from surgery on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Cristiano Ronaldo reaches another landmark
If there was an option to pick a Fantasy Football team of Champions League players, Cristiano Ronaldo would be a pretty safe bet.
His goal against PSG means he has now scored in nine consecutive games in Europe, but what’s even more remarkable, is that he’s bagged 14 strikes in that time.
Ronaldo joins Ruud van Nistelrooy as the second player in the competition’s history to score in nine straight, as the Dutchman also repeated the feat in 2003, scoring 12 times along the way.
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