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Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo have handed Real Madrid a 3-1 advantage heading into the second leg of the round-of-16 Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain. The French outfit took the lead through Adrien Rabiot, but Ronaldo responded by scoring from the spot on the stroke of half-time. Both sides missed opportunities in the second half, but the addition of Marco Asensio turned the match. The winger's low cross was diverted into the path of Ronaldo, who bundled in Madrid's second goal. Asensio then teed up Marcelo to notch the third. Zinedine Zidane's men hold a two-goal lead ahead of the second leg, leaving PSG with plenty of work ahead of them to avoid yet another premature exit.
FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 3-1 PSG
90' + 3'
Neymar's miss is the last action of the contest as the referee blows for full-time.
90' + 3'
OVER! Neymar latches on to Draxler's low cross from the left, but can only steer his effort over the bar.
90' + 2'
Bale attempts to latch on to a long ball over the top and has space to roam, but Areola senses the danger and races off his line to clear ahead of the Welshman.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Meunier has struggled immensely with Asensio and goes into the book for his challenge on the winger.
Madrid break on the counter and Asensio finds the run of Ronaldo. The Portuguese cuts inside and fires at goal, only to put his effort straight at Navas.
SAVE! Mbappe finds himself in space in the left inside channel and he goes for the strike on his left foot, but Navas makes the block with his body.
Asensio holds his run down the left flank before cutting his cross back for Marcelo to convert.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MARCELO FIRES HOME! Madrid take control of the tie as the Brazilian guides a close-range effort past Areola. Asensio is again the architect as he sends a low cross into the box. Marcelo strikes first time into the ground and it takes a slight deflection off Marquinhos to wrong foot Areola and find the back of the net.
G. Lo Celso
Draxler replaces Lo Celso for the visitors.
GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! RONALDO NOTCHES A CRUCIAL STRIKE! The Portuguese puts Madrid although he does not know a great deal about it. Asensio sends a low cross into the box that is pushed out by Areola into the six-yard area. It strikes Ronaldo on the left and sails over the PSG keeper on the deck into the net.
Marcelo does well under pressure at the back to stop Mbappe from cutting back to shoot on his left foot. Neither side can afford to make a mistake at this stage.
BLOCK! Kimpembe is sharp to react at the near post to deny Bale after the Welshman had latched on to Vazquez's pass into the right inside channel. He just lacked the height on his effort to beat the PSG defender and Areola.
Asensio replaces Isco.
Vazquez replaces Casemiro for the home side.
Nacho is booked for a foul on Neymar.
Ronaldo latches on to a low cross into the box from the right flank, but Marquinhos and Kimpembe converge on him to make the block before he muster a meaningful effort at goal.
PSG have gained the upper hand in the contest since Cavani was withdrawn. They're more mobile in the final third.
CLOSE! Yuri raids down the left inside channel to collect Neymar's pass and he drills the ball across the face of goal. Mbappe and Dani Alves just cannot reach it with outstretched legs, while the ball trickles agonisingly past the post.
BLOCK! RAMOS SAVES A CERTAIN GOAL! Neymar's corner is met by Marquinhos. He misses his kick, but it falls nicely for Kimpembe, who fires first time at goal. Ramos sticks out a leg and stops the ball in its tracks. A vital interception from the Madrid skipper.
BLOCK! Dani Alves has moved into the forward role on the right flank, and he supplies Mbappe with a throughball to fire at goal. However, Ramos makes the block to divert it behind for a corner.
Neymar makes a surging run into the final third, but he waits too long to offload to Dani Alves', giving his team-mate too much work to do in the right inside channel.
Dani Alves almost squeezes a backheeled pass through to Mbappe in the box, but between Ramos and Nacho, the hosts manage to scramble the ball away from danger.
The referee gets clattered by the ball in the face as Neymar goes for a diagonal pass. He looks to be ok after receiving treatment.
Bale replaces Benzema for the home side.
Meunier gets straight into the action and he whips a dangerous cross to the back post, but Nacho defends well to edge him out to stop the Brazilian from making contact.
Cavani makes way for Meunier.
BLOCK! Ronaldo goes for the strike at goal, but his effort hits the wall and goes out for a corner.
Rabiot is booked for tripping Modric.
Rabiot sends Modric tumbling to the deck and Madrid are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Neymar goes down under little contact as he surges down the left. Casemiro suggests to the referee that he should be dismissed for a second bookable offence, but the official keeps his cards in his pocket.
Isco weaves his way into space down the right inside channel and he goes for the low cross towards the neat post. Benzema attempts to meet it on the slide, but he's just a fraction too late as Areola gathers.
OFFSIDE! Isco threads a pass through the PSG defence for Ronaldo's run, but the Portuguese is stopped in his tracks by the offside flag.
Modric threatens on the edge of the box, but under pressure from Rabiot and Yuri he cannot complete his offload to Nacho.
Benzema drifts into space down the left and he looks for the cross into the box. However, he sends his delivery out for a goal-kick, lifting the ball over the bar.
Dani Alves was screaming for a penalty for handball against Ramos and it appears he may had have a case as Rabiot's effort struck the defender on the arm
BLOCK! Ramos makes a vital block to deny Rabiot a second goal as the midfielder latched on to Dani Alves' cutback. The ball was heading towards goal, but the Madrid captain was in the right place at the right time.
Dani Alves sends a teasing cross into the box from the right. Varane takes responsiblity to clear the danger, although he slices the ball out for a throw-in.
Lo Celso gives the ball away on the edge of his own box, but he gets bailed out as Isco drifts into an offside position from Marcelo's offload.
SAVE! Lo Celso releases Neymar's run behind the Madrid defence and this time the Brazilian squares the ball for Mbappe. The Frenchman fires a low strike towards goal, only to be denied by a good save from Navas.
Nacho sends the ball forward down the right flank for Isco's run. However, the Spaniard moves a second too early and is caught offside.
Marcelo turns away from Dani Alves' challenge down the left and fires a low cross into the box, but Verrati clears the danger at the near post.
We're back underway at the Bernabeu.
STAT! Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 10+ goals in seven consecutive Champions League campaigns, while no other player has done so in more than two.
STAT! Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in Champions League history to score 100 goals for a single team.
It's all square at the break after a thrilling opening 45 minutes of football between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Both sides exchanged near-misses before Adrien Rabiot fired home from close range to put the visitors ahead. Madrid looked off their game in the final third before Karim Benzema brought out the best in Alponse Areola. However, the PSG keeper's effort was in vain as Giovani Lo Celso fouled Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot to level the scores. Hopefully the second half provides just as much excitement.
HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 1-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
45' + 2'
The refeere ends the first half after Madrid successfully defend a corner from Neymar's boot.
There will be two minutes of added time.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! RONALDO CONVERTS FROM 12 YARDS! A huge moment in the match on the stroke of half-time. Ronaldo punishes Lo Celso for his mistake as he hammers his strike into the bottom corner, despite Areola guessing the correct side of the net.
PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Lo Celso pulls back Kroos inside the box and the referee points to the spot.
BRILLIANT SAVE FROM AREOLA! Benzema almost equalises as he latches on to Marcelo's pass on the edge of the box. He fires towards goal with his left foot - first time. However, Areola flings himself to his right and turns the ball past the post.
Baffling play from Varane as he goes for a strike at goal from 35 yards out, only to fire harmlessly wide of the target. Madrid have to keep their composure.
Verratti loses his touch at the vital moment in the final third as he looks for Lo Celso's run, only to overhit his throughball out for a goal-kick.
Madrid put the pressure on the down the right flank. Kroos goes for the strike, but sees his effort charged down by Dani Alves. The home side continue to press, but the PSG defence survive just, putting the ball behind for a corner.
BLOCK! Casemiro makes a vital block at the back to deny Cavani. Neymar weaves his way into the Madrid box and offloads to the Uruguayan. He turns and fires on his right foot, but the Brazilian sticks out his right boot to divert the ball wide of the post. That could so easily have been 2-0.
OVER! Yuri gives the ball straight to Ronaldo on the edge of the box. The Portuguese turns and fires at goal on his left foot, only to hammer his effort well over the target.
Neymar lifts the resulting free-kick into the box, although the home side are able to clear their lines with relative ease.
Mbappe is brought down by a poor challenge from Ramos and it hands PSG a free-kick in the final third. There's a slight melee as the visitors are not happy with the amount of contact the Frenchman received from the veteran defender.
GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!! RABIOT PUTS PSG AHEAD! The visitors take the lead as Rabiot holds his composure in the box and lifts his effort over Navas into the net. Mbappe sent a good cross to the back post, looking for Neymar. Nacho made the challenge, but Rabiot was there for the second ball unmarked and was able to fire home. A crucial away goal for Emery's men.
Isco is booked for a challenge on Lo Celso.
The home side change tactics from their set-pieces after two short corners on the bounce. Kroos lifts his delivery deep to the back post, and although Ramos rises highest in the box, he heads his effort straight at Areola.
Neymar runs down the left before cutting inside to shoot on his right foot. However, he fails to make solid contact with his effort, allowing Navas to make a comfortable save.
SAVE! Madrid break on the counter and Marcelo feeds the ball for Ronaldo's run into the right inside channel. He goes for the blast against the on-rushing Areola, only to be denied by the PSG keeper's face. A good stop, but it's a painful one for Areola.
Verratti wins the ball in the middle of the park and offloads to Rabiot. He tees up Neymar on the edge of the box, but the Brazilian waits too long to shoot and loses out to Varane.
OVER! Ronaldo goes for goal from the set-piece, but he gets too much height on his strike, sending the ball well over the bar.
G. Lo Celso
Lo Celso goes into the book for his challenge on Isco.
Isco robs Verratti of possession and Lo Celso is forced to bring down the Spaniard on the edge of the box. Madrid have a free-kick in an extremely dangerous position.
Marcelo loses possession as he tries to advance into the final third. The Brazilian keeps the pressure on Kimpembe at the back and his hurried backpass to Areola forces the keeper to clear straight into touch.
Neymar goes on the charge down the left flank, but he gets surrounded by three white shirts and loses possession from Casemiro's challenge.
The home side shift the ball from one flank to the other in the final third. The French outfit maintain their discipline and Ronaldo ends the attack by being caught in an offside position from Isco's cross.
Marcelo sends a lofted pass over the top of the visitors' backline. Kimpembe and Marquinhos are alert to the danger from Ronaldo and mop up the danger at the back.
PSG probe on the edge of the Madrid box and Neymar gets a slight shove, but keeps his feet. The Brazilian goes for the cross, but cannot squeeze the ball through Kroos and Nacho.
Neymar challenges Nacho from behind and goes into the book.
Neymar latches on to Verratti's ball over the top and tries to take on the strike, but he fires wide of the target under pressure from Nacho. It would not have counted anyway as he controlled using his arm.
Neymar raids with menace down the left and he sends a low cross towards Cavani on the charge. However, Varane sticks out a boot and the ball deflects into the air for Navas to claim ahead of the Uruguayan.
Verratti slides the ball back to Lo Celso under pressure, but the midfielder manages to squeeze his way out of trouble.
Marcelo is back on his feet, although he may have landed awkwardly causing his pain. A situation to monitor as the game progresses.
Compatriots Marcelo and Dani Alves collide down the left flank. There's concern from the PSG full-back for his international team-mate.
WIDE! Yuri and Neymar link up down the left and the Spaniard goes for the strike from just inside the box. The left-back pulls his effort wide of the post. Yuri didn't seem overly confident there.
CLOSE! Kroos strikes at goal from the edge of the box and Areola is forced into a low stop. Marquinhos tries to mop up the danger, only to slice the ball inches past his own goal.
Marcelo raids forward from the back and combines with Benzema on the edge of the box. A well-timed challenge from Marquinhos stops his progress and sends the ball out for a corner.
The home side have come out with a high-tempo game and are intent on putting pressure on every PSG player in possession.
WIDE! Isco lifts the ball over the top of the PSG defence and Ronaldo raids into the right inside channel. The Portuguese goes for the strike from an awkward angle, but can only place his effort wide of the target.
PENALTY SHOUT! Madrid are up in arms as Kroos goes down in the vicinity of Yuri. However, the referee turns down the appeal for a spot-kick. There was no contact from the PSG full-back.
Real put the pressure on the PSG defenders from the off in possession. Isco forces a corner as he forces Kimpembe into putting the ball out.
We're underway at the Bernabeu.
PSG famously collapsed on their last visit to Spain. The French outfit held a 4-0 lead over Barcelona in their round-of-16 clash after the first leg at the Parc des Princes. However, the Catalan club put six goals past Emery's men to advance. PSG will be desperate to put those memories to bed with a solid outing this evening.
STAT! PSG have lost four of their last six away games in the Champions League knockout stages, winning one (2-1 v Chelsea in March 2016) and drawing one.
STAT! Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals in each of the last seven Champions League campaigns. A record run in the history of the competition.
STAT! Under Zidane, Real Madrid have won 10 of their 14 Champions League knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons. As part of this run, they’ve won all six of their games at the Bernabeu.
STAT! Paris SG have eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous knockout encounters (1992/93 UEFA Cup, 1993/94 Cup Winners Cup), both times in the quarter-finals.
PSG have named a surprising side for the contest as Thiago Silva is left on the bench, with Kimpembe getting the nod ahead of the Brazilian to start in the back four. Yuri plays ahead of Layvin Kurzawa, who has been left out of the 18-man squad this evening. Lo Celso makes his first start in the Champions League in place of Thiago Motta in the middle of the park, who remains absent due to injury.
Zidane makes the decision not to start Bale this evening. Isco is preferred to the Welshman in the three-man attack alongside Ronaldo and Benzema. Nacho replaces the suspended Dani Carvajal at right-back, while Casemiro returns to the middle of the park for Lucas Vazquez. Marco Asensio also drops to the bench from Madrid's win over Sociedad last time out.
PSG subs: Kevin Trapp, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, Thomas Meunier, Lassana Diarra, Julian Draxler, Javier Pastore.
PSG (4-3-3): Alphonse Areola; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Yuri Berchiche; Marco Verratti, Giovani Lo Celso, Adrien Rabiot; Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe.
Real Madrid subs: Gareth Bale, Kiko Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Vazquez, Achraf Hakimi, Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Madrid and PSG have faced off twice before in the Champions League. Both contests came in the 2015/16 Group Stage, with the two sides playing out a goalless draw at the Parc des Princes. However, the Spanish side triumphed by a one-goal margin at the Bernabeu as Nacho scored the decisive strike.
The French outfit have been dominant in their domestic form since their last outing in the Champions League. Emery's men have won their last six matches on the bounce, and last 14 out of 15, with their only defeat in France coming at the hands of Lyon on the road in January. Issa Diop's men own goal handed PSG a victory over Toulouse last week, but they will have to improve significantly to take all three points away from the Bernabeu.
PSG are desperately trying to assert their authority on the continent and have already proven a point by topping Group A ahead of Bayern Munich. They split their two matches against the German outfit, therefore they still have work to do to become a truly elite side in Europe. Unai Emery and his men will be looking at this match as a statement game, which could see the balance of power move away from Madrid to Paris in the Champions League.
Real Madrid enter the contest off the back of a resounding 5-2 triumph over Real Sociedad in LaLiga last week. However, the defending European champions have looked vulnerable throughout the season. They finished second behind Tottenham in Group H, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino's men. The club have lacked the swagger of old, but a strong performance this evening could provide the spark needed to jolt them into life.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League round-of-16 clash between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at the Bernabeu.