PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of joining Europe’s elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header – his 12th goal of the competition – and a deflected effort from midfielder Casemiro either side of a close-range finish from PSG’s Edinson Cavani sent Madrid through 5-2 on aggregate.
Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall.
PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. PSG’s ambitious club motto of ”Dream Bigger” should perhaps now be revised. On this evidence, and last season’s humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, PSG remains a club more hopeful than convincing. Despite huge investment from cash-rich Qatari owners QSI since 2011, PSG has not been past the quarterfinals in that time.
”We needed our heads and our hearts today. But we didn’t have both, we didn’t play as well as Real Madrid,” dejected PSG coach Unai Emery said. ”Madrid deserved to go through. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn’t do enough with the 40 percent we had. Losing to Real Madrid itself
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/real-madrid-beats-psg-2-1-to-reach-champions-league-quarters-030618
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