His free kick in the 89th minute, was followed by a sumptuous ball to Sergi Roberto in the 95th minute to complete the miracle and send Paris St-Germain out of the competition. Emery surprisingly dropped the club captain, Thiago Silva, for the first leg and could plausibly claim that that was a key decision that he got right because 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe performed with aplomb.
"What makes me proud is seeing everybody's efforts". In Paris, he warmed the bench as Zidane opted for pace and width in midfield through Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio, who were late game-changing substitutes in the Bernabeu against the Ligue 1 side. "Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal". The team occupying a distant third place in the Spanish league are not, after all, a vintage Real side, a fact that would make elimination all the harder for PSG to bear.
It can leave Los Blancos painfully open and Spurs ruthlessly exposed that susceptibility in the group stages but against PSG, Marcelo perfectly balanced both responsibilities. Where was our PSG that destroyed Celtic and Bayern Munich in September in two of the most deadliest, collective displays witnessed by the capital club in some time? At the time of writing, I am currently sitting on a Eurostar train leaving Paris Gare Du Nord and heading to London, tired, deflated and disappointed as I reflect on another premature exit from Europe.
A fine Sergio Ramos volley then brought an excellent one-handed save from Alphonse Areola after 21 minutes after he connected with Marco Asensio's cross. I was surprised and angry. "We enjoy the Champions League, we are focused and we are going to give 100 per cent throughout the tournament".
Neymar doesn't intend to return to Barcelona in the summer; he wants to spend another season in France before heading to the Camp Nou in 2019. We have other goals, to prepare ourselves well.
"When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League". We're on the right track.
Zidane told a press conference: "Gareth is not lacking anything". "We are working day by day to get big things".
German referee Felix Brych had to stop the game on two occasions due to the excessive amount of smoke on the pitch from the flares, harming the visibility of officials and players.