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Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into Champions League quarter-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into Champions League quarter-finals

They may have spent more than €1bn (£895m) on transfers in recent years but PSG remain an also-ran among the big boys of European football.

Indeed, since Qatar Sports Investments began pumping huge amounts of money into PSG six years ago, they have still not made it beyond the quarter-finals, an excruciating statistic for everyone concerned with the club.

Spending 400 million euros ( $497 million ) on Neymar and France worldwide Kylian Mbappe did not help. Either the manager needs to reinvigorate the squad with more aggressive philosophy or Al-Khelaifi can continue breaking the bank for new players to no avail.

"It was a flawless performance", said Zidane, who has led Madrid to the last two Champions League titles.

Draxler, however, feels PSG are still missing something, which has stopped them from winning the Champions League.

His second-half goal at the Parc des Princes, which as good as confirmed Real's place in the quarterfinals, equalled a record set by former Manchester United teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002-03 as he scored in a ninth consecutive Champions League game. PSG hadn't created much before Verratti threw their chances down the drain when he protested vehemently to referee Felix Brych and received his second yellow card.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro scored the goals for Real in the second half, either side of Edinson Cavani's scrambled effort for the hosts.

"We tried everything, but Real deserve congratulations".

Real Madrid entered the match with an aggregate lead and wasn't as desperate for a victory, and they rested Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos. "We started very well". With Ronaldo coming into his best form and players such as Asensio and Vazquez showing the depth of their squad, you would have to be courageous to bet against them. Think again, there have been no suggestions that Kane will be demanded in return.

Jurgen Klopp's side are into the last-eight for the first time since 2009 and the Liverpool boss says he does not mind who his team faces. Mentally, we're not sure where he went. We don't wish for anybody. "We'll try to play the same as we did here against Eibar".

Arsenal are 13 points behind 4 placed Tottenham in the Premier League re face an uphill task in qualifying for next seasons Champions League.

Madrid arrived for the highly anticipated series against PSG surrounded by doubts after being eliminated in the Copa del Rey and falling out of contention in the league. He has constantly praised the industrious winger in the media prior to the second leg and started him in five games on the spin before resting him against Getafe last weekend to be ready for 90 minutes of tearing up and down the right-hand side in search of opportunities on Tuesday.


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