PSG beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of ucl r16. Real Madrid started with both Benzema and Mendy who were both doubts for the game. Whereas,PSG fielded Messi and Mbappe upfront with di Maria on right flank.
Match started with PSG having the control and that seemed the story of the whole game.Real Madrid were playing very negative football with aiming for the draw. Still PSG carved a lot of chances and had 21 shots with 8 on target. Whereas, Real Madrid had only 3 shots in the whole game. PSG as a team was really good as Full backs Hakimi and Nuno Mendes ruled their flanks by cancelling the threat from Vinicius Jr. and Asensio. Marco Verrati was always a very resilient passing option and surprisingly PSG were pressing really good.
Mbappe scored the winner for PSG in the 94th minute as he burst through Madrid’s defence and beat Courtois. Mbappe was the best player on the pitch and now PSG are looking serious in the champions League.
Main talking point of the match however has been the penalty miss by Messi in the 60th minute. Messi had a very good game except for the penalty miss, he created many chances and dropped deep to make link ups and pressed too which is unexpected of his nature.For Real Madrid the only good player was Courtois as he saved Madrid from getting demolished. Of not for Courtois’ brilliance PSG would have scored 3 or 4 goals. Madrid’s game plan clearly didn’t work. PSG had 57% of the possession and also won more duels and second balls.
Now, PSG will go into the second leg at Santiago Bernabeau with a one goal advantage while Casemiro and Mendy will miss the match for Madrid.