The Round of 16 first leg of the UCL between the Spanish and French giants ended up in a 3-1 victory for the Los Blancos. Ronaldo scored twice in the exciting box to box match and became the first to ever score in all opening 7 matches of the Champions League. The two goals in the last match brings Ronaldo to 11 goals in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has been the star man for Real Madrid in all their UCL wins and is without a doubt a big match player.
His form in La Liga and Copa del Ray has been questioned time and again this season but he has silenced every critic by turning up to his best version in the UCL.
ZinedineZidane, the Madrid coach, said, “We always end up saying the same things about him. He always makes the difference in important games and that’s what he did tonight.”
The match started well for PSG as they were the ones to open the score line with a goal from Rabiot. PSG could not hold on to the lead for long. Real Madrid were awarded a penalty after Kroos was pulled down softly, which Ronaldo rammed past Areola just before the first half whistle.
The match was the first real test for Paris Saint Germain after they reinforced their club with Neymar and Mbappe spending over $222 million. The Qatar owned French club was playing very well in the beginning of the second half dominating the game with most close chances.
It went all wrong though when Ronaldo scored another goal in the 83rd minute in complete chaos. The shambolic PSG defense did not see it coming and three minutes later Marcelo doubled their lead over PSG.
The match ended at 3-1 but PSG have a lot to think about. After the infamous loss at the Camp Nou last season they have yet to gain redemption. The second leg in Paris gives a major advantage to Real Madrid but all has not been lost yet.
In an after match comment Rabiot said,
“In the end we always get beaten the same way. It’s annoying and I’m very disappointed. It’s easy to score eight past Dijon and score four or five in the (French) league, but we have to be decisive in games like this.”
The Ligue 1 leaders have had no troubles in their domestic season but it seems there is much to learn for them to make a mark as a European giant.