Just in time for the big showdown at the beginning of this year’s K.-O. Round, Real Madrid had his best eleven together. In addition to left-back Mendy, Torgarant Benzema was also fit – but for a long time no factor at all.
At first without Neymar, who was resting on the bench after a long injury break, but with Messi, Mbappé or di Maria, PSG gave the sound in the first section in the domestic Prince Park. Discalpressing and a strong defensive room layout (phased man cover) prevented real almost completely. And on the ball France’s sovereign leaders were safe.
Danger generates mainly mbappé
The only problem of the Parisian: they revealed hardly chances of this dominance. On the pass from MBappé shot di Maria early (5.), the arrow-fast asset itself failed slightly later in front of Courtois (18th). Despite speed and other advantages per PSG it was 0: 0.
After the break, little changed. Paris remained the significantly better team, now even came to several degrees. However, these laid down defensive ordinary guests predominantly outside, but also in the penalty area Mbappé got a high-force – but Courtois parried strong (50th).
Messi fails – Mbappé in the last minute
Courtois also parried strongly as Mbappé Carvajal had escaped and had been brought by this in the sixteen. The unambiguous foul feet took Messi, but the Argentine aimed for inaccurate and failed at the Belgian (62.). For real it was a small moment of wake-up – if only briefly.
Shortly before the start of the final quarter hour, Neymar celebrated his comeback. While he had a few actions directly, the royal continued to be a solid defensive performance – rare needlesticks remained unconnected for hectic homes. In approaches, especially Mbappé became again and dangerous, supposedly in vain. It was not until the fourth minute of injection time left in the box in the penalty area Vazquez and tunneled the bear strong Courtois to deserves 1: 0 victory.
The return match in Madrid – the awayator rule is not to be observed anymore – will take place on March 9th (Wednesday, 9 pm, live! At Torgarant Benzema).