Real Madrid pick PSG apart thanks to late flourish from Cristiano Ronaldo


"We did not play a badly, but we have to improve if we want to get past Real Madrid".

Bookmakers Neds have PSG $1.80 favourites to win the return leg next month, with the draw at $3.85 and Read Madrid the outsiders at $4.

That goal meant Ronaldo became the first player to hit a century of goals for one team in Europe's elite club competition, with the Portugal worldwide then putting his side ahead seven minutes from time.

The Spaniard's showed their quality as a team when they cut the visitors apart with an intricate passing move before the sauntering Marcelo rifled the ball home to give the holders a significant two-goal advantage heading to Paris. "We did not have the maturity to play in the latter stages of the second half".

Ronaldo increased his Champions League tally with Madrid to 101 goals in 95 matches, a record for a player with the same club.

Neymar only joined PSG from Barcelona last August after the French giants activated his €222million release clause, but the Brazil star has already been linked with a sensational switch to the Spanish capital.

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He has scored 11 this season in Europe in just seven matches, and he won the battle of the superstars at the Bernabeu with PSG's Neymar.

In the end, it was a disappointing night for Paris Saint-Germain in the Bernabeu.

Though PSG took command in the second half, creating most of the significant chances, Ronaldo struck again by scoring the go-ahead before Marcelo scored from inside the area after another cross from Asensio from the left. Two of the richest soccer clubs in the world faced each other in the most expected clash in the Champions League round of sixteen.

With the scores level, PSG also thought they should have had a penalty when a shot from Rabiot hit Sergio Ramos on the arm, thankfully, the referee waved play-on.

He, however, reverted to nearly the same line-up that outclassed Juventus to win last year's final, leaving Gareth Bale out for Isco.