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PSG Knocked Out Of Champions League After Loss To Real Madrid

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European champions Real Madrid moved into the Champions League quarter-finals as they beat Ligue 1 leaders PSG (Paris St-Germain) at Parc des Princes.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro helped Madrid to a 2-1 win in Paris and a 5-2 aggregate victory as Madrid chase a third straight Champions League title.

Edinson Cavani equalised for PSG, but the hosts never looked like overhauling their 3-1 first leg deficit, especially after Marco Verratti received a second yellow card for dissent.

Zidane got his tactics spot on against PSG, leaving Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale on the bench as he looked to hit the hosts on the counter-attack, with Vazquez and Marco Asensio occupying the wide midfield roles.

PSG had scored 86 goals in 28 Ligue 1 matches and also netted 25 times in their six Champions League group games, but were restricted to only three shots on target in this second leg, which was played in a fantastic atmosphere in Paris.

Ronaldo netted his 12th goal in this season’s Champions League when Real pounced on a Dani Alves error and the Portugal forward converted with a powerful header from six yards out after Vasquez’s fine cross.

Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition.

For PSG, 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, it is the second successive season where they have gone out at the last-16 phase and it leaves manager Unai Emery’s future at the club in doubt.

PSG have won the Ligue 1 title in four of the past five years and are on course for another domestic success as they are 14 points clear of Monaco, who won the championship last season.

However, the main trophy the club’s owners, Qatar Sports Investments, had set their sights on was European football’s biggest club prize – and once again they have fallen well short.

Zinedine Zidane said he believes his team’s season is finally coming together as the defending champions moved into the last eight of the Champions League.

With the La Liga title seemingly out of reach (Madrid sit 15 points behind leaders Barcelona), Zidane called on his side to stay united.