Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his record of scoring in every UEFA Champions League game this season as Real Madrid eased into the last eight with a 5-2 aggregate win against Paris Saint-Germain.
Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Madrid produced a resolute first-half display to nullify the hosts with Keylor Navas only seriously called into action once, denying Kylian Mbappé. Madrid then struck in the 51st minute as Lucas Vázquez crossed for Ronaldo to head in for the ninth consecutive UEFA Champions League match, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s competition record.
Marco Verratti’s dismissal for two bookings hampered Paris further, though they did level on the night through Edinson Cavani. Madrid’s progress was confirmed ten minutes from time when Casemiro pounced on Adrien Rabiot’s headed clearance to drive in via a deflection.
Zidane raised a few eyebrows by including Vázquez in place of Bale but was rewarded with a top-class display. He might not be the most fashionable player, but there’s a reason he’s featured in more games for Madrid than anyone else under the Frenchman.