Defending champion, Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal helping them to a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain yesterday as the 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate.
Ronaldo headed home seven minutes into the second half and Casemiro added a second 10 minutes from time against a toothless PSG, who were without their injured talisman Neymar and had Marco Verratti sent off for a second booking in the 66th minute.
Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left, only for Casemiro to give Real victory at the Parc des Princes.
In the other match of the night, Liverpool played out a goalless scoreline against FC Porto at Anfield but qualify 5-0 from the first leg result
Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are 15 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win.