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03.11.2015 » Real Madrid 1-0 PSG. Nacho comes in to send Madrid to the next stage

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho, in Real Madrid 1-0 PSG

Real Madrid are through to the UEFA Champions League last-16 stage, after beating PSG 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, thanks to a goal unexpectedly scored by Nacho. The Merengues are now on the top of Group A with still two fixtures left to be played, 3 points clear of PSG.

It wasn't the performance Madrid fans were hoping to see from their team at the Santiago Bernabéu, but Benítez's men somehow still managed to get the 3 points from tonight's game, as they hosted and defeated PSG by 1-0. The hero of the game was the substitute Nacho, who came in to replace an injured Marcelo around the 33rd minute of the first half and scored the winner just a couple minutes later in his very first touch of the game. However, Real Madrid were never able to settle down in the game as they would have wanted and PSG turned out to be the most threatening side in most periods of the match. Navas kept his 4th straight clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League and Ronaldo completed his second consecutive game in Europe without finding the back of the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Real Madrid vs PSG
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An absolutely dire Real Madrid were extremely lucky to escape with the three points against PSG, thanks to an opportunistic strike from none other than substitute Nacho Fernandez. The side from France completely dominated the match and an injury-plagued Madrid were lucky not to concede multiple goals. Still, in the end they kept a clean sheet again (thanks to Keylor Navas and the woodwork) and somehow managed to go a full 180 minutes against one of Europe's top squads without allowing a goal...

For the first time in a few weeks, Madrid seemed to really miss their key players. It was a woeful game for most involved, in the midfield Kroos and Modric struggled to make an impact, with the German especially poor tonight. While Cristiano Ronaldo things weren't that different either, as he barely touched the ball and spent most of the game chasing shadows in the PSG backline.

SofaScore player rating - Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid 1-0 PSG, in November of 2015

But perhaps the result was more important than the performance here and for that Madrid can thank the unlikeliest of sources. After a horrid start to the first half, nothing could have seemed worse than another injury, but when Marcelo had to limp off after 33 minutes, the Bernabéu feared the worst. Enter the versatile Nacho, who would make his impact literally two minutes later, moving smartly into position to capitalize on a Toni Kroos deflected shot. Though PSG keeper Kevin Trapp would make an error in judgement, it was still a fantastic and well placed hit by Nacho.

Real Madrid were marginally better in the second half, but PSG still dominated the match. Angel Di Maria in particular seemed to enjoy his first trip back to the Bernabéu, as he danced and toyed with the Madrid defense whenever he wanted. Late in the game, his freekick would clatter off the top of the bar, summing up what was a frustrating night for a far superior PSG side.

In the end, Madrid will be happy to escape with the three points, but it's clear the likes of Carvajal, James, Bale and Benzema are sorely missed.

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid starting eleven vs PSG, Champions League 2015-16

Real Madrid line-up vs PSG:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco
Attackers: Jesé Rodríguez, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Real Madrid
vs
PSG
1
Goals
0
13
Shots
15
8
Shots on goal
3
5
Corner kicks
3
15
Fouls commited
14
2
Yellow cards
2
0
Red cards
0
40%
Ball possession
60%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game will be for Real Madrid on the 8th of November of 2015, against Sevilla. You can watch Sevilla vs Real Madrid, Barcelona vs BATE, Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev, Bayern Munich vs Arsenal, and AS ROMA vs Bayer Leverkusen, all matches delivered in our live sports streaming game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Sevilla vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (08-11-2015):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+7: 02:30
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+6: 01:30
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:00
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:30
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 14:30
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 11:30

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / theguardian.com / goal.com / yahoo.com

Nacho scoring the winning goal in Real Madrid 1-0 PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo in action in Real Madrid vs PSG in 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo chasing Ibrahimovic in Real Madrid vs PSG

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