Real Madrid has given itself a good starting position in the first match against Paris Saint-Germain. In the home game of the eighth finale in the Champions League, the Royal Reich completely reversed a 0-1 lag behind: 2-1. After Adrien Rabiot’s opening goal, Cristiano Ronaldo made a double stroke for the Madrid lead. Marcelo determined the final position.
At Real Madrid, Isco was preferred at the forefront over Gareth Bale; PSG performed surprisingly well without Thiago Silva. The defender was passed in favour of Presnel Kimpembe. The opening phase was for Real, which already made two target attempts within six minutes. From a difficult angle, Ronaldo shot next to it; a deployment of Toni Kroos from the edge of the penalty kick forced Alphonse Aréola to rescue. On the other side Yuri Berchiche took care of the first threat on behalf of PSG: the leftback completed the ball forwards.
After that there were again opportunities for Real and specifically for Ronaldo. The Portuguese fired a free kick out of promising position too high and was able to turn off to the target after a magnificent pass from Marcelo. However, Aréola was the winner in the one-to-one situation. The host therefore seemed to have the upper hand, but in the counter-attack it was the PSG who took the lead. Kylian Mbappé steamed up on the right flank and wanted to reach Neymar with a cross, after which Nacho finished the ball. Unintentionally he served Rabiot, who found the right corner: 0-1.
PSG seemed to take the lead to the tranquility, after a beautiful rescue of Aréola on a shot of Benzema. Thanks to a penalty however, Real reached the same level. Giovani Lo Celso held Toni Kroos, after which Ronaldo was allowed to moor from eleven metres and found the left corner flawlessly. CR7 became the first player ever to make a hundred Champions League goals for one club. Despite the late brighter, Real Madrid did not get out of the locker room. Zinédine Zidane’s team created little and came off well after opportunities for Mbappé and Rabiot.
With a crucial interception, Sergio Ramos prevented worse: he stung out of his leg and turned off a certain resembling goal of Kimpembe. The home audience began to move, because PSG continued to pose a danger and Real hardly ever opposed it. The 2-1 came quite unexpectedly. Luka Modric took over the ball on the midfield and served substitute Asensio on the left flank. The invader presented the ball and with a lot of fortune the ball ended up at Ronaldo, who got the leather against his knee and scored it. Asensio also provided the assistance at the 3-1; this time it was Marcelo who finished.
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