Ronaldo and Marcelo scored two and one goals respectively to enable Real Madrid come from behind to beat highly rated PSG in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at the Santiago Bernabeau.
PSG took the lead through implausible source of Adrien Rabiot following Neymar Jr’s assist at the 33rd minute.
But Cristiano Ronaldo’s successful conversion of penalty at the 45th minute ensured first half ended in a draw as the Portugal international made another land mark of 100 Champions League goals.
The second half was Real Madrid show time as Ronaldo’s brace helped Madrid complete a comeback and take the lead.
The Portuguese send back the ball the other way from three yards following Alphonse Arbeola’s inability to parry the ball away but instead dived to tip the ball onto waiting Ronaldo at the 83rd minute.
Meanwhile a final statement was delivered by Marcelo three minutes after Ronaldo had scored. Marco Asensio crossed from the left before the Brazilian left back fired home with a first time diagonal effort that took a deflection on its way past Areola.
A game that started with PSG looking favorites and three quarters of world football fan base believing Zinadine Zidane’s side could lose black and White ended unbelievably in favor of the title defenders.
Much as Neymar individually played well, the Brazilian’s notable effort is the assist that resulted into the crucial away goal that initially seemed a commanding goal.
Meanwhile Ronaldo contributed less in tackles but as a forward managed to grab a brace which changed his champions League goal tally to 101.
Emery and his boys will be waiting for the Zidanes at the Parc des Prince on March 6th, 2018 for the return leg.
PSG will have to score a minimum of two goals in a full time in the next fixture in order to have a chance to once again proceed to the next round of the CL knockout stage in the bid to defend the their title.