Live Commentary: Real Madrid 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain


Good evening and welcome to Nigerianeye’s live coverage of the Champions League last-16 first leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain from the Bernabeu.

These two teams have met on six previous occasions in European football, and both have managed two wins.

The pair last clashed during the group stage of the 2015-16 competition; Real Madrid won 1-0 at the Bernabeu following a goalless draw in Paris.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage of the action.

REAL MADRID: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo

PSG: Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Yuri; Verratti, Lo Celso, Rabiot; Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe

49 min Real Madrid have been the livelier of the two teams in the early stages of the second period. Ronaldo has a half-chance when Isco delivers into the box, but Marquinhos does well to block.

47 min… no changes from either side at the break, which is not much of a surprise. However, I suspect that both managers will have alterations in mind as the second period develops in Madrid.

46 min RESTART! Real Madrid resume the action here..

The referee brings the first period to a close with the two teams level at 1-1. Rabiot sent PSG ahead with a clever finish in the 33rd minute, but the home side levelled in the final stages of the first half when Ronaldo stuck his penalty into the bottom corner of the net.

45 min+2 HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 1-1 PSG

45 min+1 We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of the first period.

45 min It looked like Ronaldo might have double touched that penalty, but nothing was given!

45 min Of course he scores! Ronaldo finds the bottom corner with a super penalty to score his 100th Champions League goal for Real Madrid! Big moment in this last-16 first leg!

45 min GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 PSG (Ronaldo)

44 min Real Madrid have a penalty as Lo Celso pulls Kroos to the ground inside the box!


42 min Dangerous moment inside the PSG box as Nacho’s strike is not cleared and the ball stays in and around the penalty area, but the away side just about survive. Real Madrid have not had the luck thus far. The resulting corner is then headed clear by the excellent Kimpembe.

39 min CLOSE! Cavani has one deflected just wide of the Real Madrid post as the visitors threaten once again. Real Madrid’s defence has been all over the place tonight.

38 min Half-chance for Real Madrid as Ronaldo finds a pocket of space in the final third, but he fires over the PSG crossbar. It is the away supporters that can be heard inside the Bernabeu at the moment.

36 min PSG are not happy as Kroos chops Mbappe to the deck, and both sets of players have their handbags out. Real Madrid need to be very careful as the away side continued to press here.

34 min Oh my word. If Neymar has meant the back-heel into Rabiot then that is stunning!

34 min Breakthrough! PSG take the lead in the 33rd minute as Rabiot finds the back of the net with a smart finish after the ball had fallen for the Frenchman inside the Real Madrid box!

33 min GOAL! Real Madrid 0-1 PSG (Rabiot)

33 min BOOKING! Isco (Real Madrid) is booked for a foul on Lo Celso.

31 min Neymar strikes into the arms of Keylor Navas following a mazy run in the final third.

30 min That Ronaldo chance came following a slip from Neymar, who has been all over the place in the opening 30 minutes. The Brazilian has been booked, and cannot seem to stay on his feet here.

28 min SAVE! Super save from Alphonse Areola as the PSG goalkeeper keeps out a strike from Ronaldo, who had been released by Marcelo. The ball seemed to hit Areola in the face!

26 min… CLOSE! Ronaldo misses the crossbar with his free kick.

25 min BOOKING! Lo Celso (PSG) is booked for a poor challenge on Isco, and Real Madrid have a free kick in a very dangerous position outside the away side’s penalty box…

23 min Quite a scrappy period of the match in the last couple of minutes as the referee is forced to intervene following some late challenges. Neymar is getting a bit frustrated in a wide area, and the Brazilian needs to be careful having already been booked. Modric is the latest player to be chopped by Lo Celso.

21 min Isco delivers a dangerous cross into the PSG box, but Alves is on hand to make the clearance. Isco has been threatening for Real Madrid, but we have seen little from Benzema thus far tonight.

18 min There have been some very tasty challenges in the opening 18 minutes of this match. Neymar is on a yellow card, and I suspect Real Madrid’s players will be looking to wind the Brazilian up here. PSG continue to grow into the contest as they enjoy more and more of the ball in the final third.

15 min BOOKING! Neymar (PSG) is booked for a late challenge on Nacho.

15 min Still goalless, but it has been a very bright 15 minutes of football here. Real Madrid were the better team in the early moments, although PSG are now seeing more of the ball in the final third. Neymar has just swept wide from close range, but the Brazilian was in an offside position.

13 min Another really dangerous moment for the home side as Neymar breaks down the left before delivering a low into Cavani, but Varane just about does enough. Nacho has been off-colour so far.

11 min Marcelo seems okay to continue, quite a quick recovery it must be said!

10 min There have been some very late challenges in the opening 10 minutes of this match, and Marcelo does not look comfortable following a tackle from Alves. The Brazilian’s screams can be heard.

8 min Half-chance for the away side this time as Berchiche drives into a dangerous area inside the Real Madrid box, but the defender fires wide of the far post. Nervy work from Nacho there.

6 min Nervy moments inside the PSG box as Areola palms a Kroos corner back into the penalty box, and Marquinhos almost turns into his own net. Real Madrid have been much the better team thus far.

4 min Half-chance for Real Madrid as Ronaldo meets a long-range Isco pass inside the PSG box, but the attacker’s effort was always drifting wide of the far post. The home side have started well.

3 min Neymar has just been chopped to the ground by Kroos and Casemiro. The first of many I suspect! Neymar came off the left to drift inside, but Kroos and Casemiro were not letting him pass.

2 min… it must be said that there is a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium tonight. It has the feeling of a semi-final or a final, not a last-16 first leg. Let’s hope that the match produces. Game on!

0 min KICKOFF! PSG kick things off in the Spanish capital…


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