Despite several bold and risky changes made by the Parisian coach, PSG were beaten (1-3) in the first knockout round of the competition.
Unai Emery made several major choices: Kimpembe was preferred to Thiago Silva in the axis of the defense, Yuri Berchiche was left-aligned in place of Layvin Kurzawa, while it is ultimately Giovani Lo Celso who started the meeting at the sentry post. On the Madrilenian side, Zinedine Zidane had also reserved a little surprise: Gareth Bale started on the bench, while Isco was tenured.
As expected, Nacho took the place of suspended Dani Carvajal on the right side of the Madrid defense. And in the end, despite a good performance,
The match started at a fast pace, and in the third minute of play, Isco threw Ronaldo who chained on a cross shot.
The ball did not go far from the cages of Areola. Behind, Marquinhos was to throw a decisive tackle on Marcelo, and a bad dismissal of the Parisian goalkeeper fired the Parisian defense (5th).
First Parisian answer with Yuri, on an attempt a little too crossed (7th). Marcelo’s injury – which has finally resumed his place – has considerably cut the pace of the game. PSG was in the game, but was feverish behind … On a counter-attack, Cristiano Ronaldo went to challenge Areola, but lost his duel against the French (28th).
Neymar was doing damage in the Merengue rearguard, but was often missing in the last move, as on this hit too crushed after a nice slalom (30th). So Adrien Rabiot was going to make the difference
Rather than linger over the missed opportunities by the Neymar-Mbappé-Cavani attacking trident, Emery preferred to protest, in a press conference, against the disputed decisions of the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi. “The team did a good game but the result is bad,” he grumbled.