Real Madrid display European pedigree as PSG falter

Neymar's father has launched into critics of his son following PSG's Champions League defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

It seems frictions within the Paris camp are building ever more, but Emery's men will have to attempt to put those differences aside when they meet Real Madrid again on March 6.

Before that matchup, Madrid has games against Real Betis, Laganes, Alaves, Espanyol and Getafe CF. PSG has contests against Strasbourg, Marseille and Troyes before the Champions League rematch. The Portuguese smashed home from the penalty spot after Giovani Lo Celso had dragged down Toni Kroos, as the teams went in level at the break.

"We always say the same things and we always get caught out in the same way", Rabiot told beIN Sports.

Such is Perez's desire to bring Neymar - who cost PSG a world record €222m (£198m) last summer according to BBC Sport - to Real that he is willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ligue 1 leaders, the report states.

The Barcelona star has netted 97 times in the Champions League for the La Liga giants, who face Chelsea in the last-16 on February 20. We kept hold of the ball and pressed them well.

For most of the game, Real Madrid was outplayed, under siege from a Ligue 1 side who in the second half failed to convert numerous opportunities to re-establish the lead they had taken in the 33rd minute of the game with a handsome strike from Adrien Rabiot. "There are two ways to look at things: it's a bad result but we can turn it around and we played well".

Cementing his status as a Champions League great, Ronaldo is the competition's all-time top scorer with 117 goals and he doesn't seem to stop anytime soon.

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Three minutes later, Asensio picked out Marcelo from the corner and the Brazilian finished impressively to give Los Blancos a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg.

"But there is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity". That's what I think.

And Balague singled Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez out for praise after their contributions from the bench.

Real defender Sergio Ramos believes the manner of his team's success in coming from behind is crucial ahead of the return fixture in Paris.

We showed it for the full 90 minutes.

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.

Ronaldo was denied by Alphonse Areola with the first clear chance of the match, the PSG goalkeeper racing out to block his effort from Marcelo's brilliant pass, but Rabiot made the most of the visitors' best opening of the half.

  • Adam Floyd