Starting XI: PSG vs Real
UEFA Champions League Starting XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain need to score at least two goals in order to overturn their 3-1 first-leg defeat against Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie tonight, but will be without their superstar Neymar – here is how both teams line up.
UEFA Champions League
Teams: Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid
Date: 6 March 2018
Venue: Parc des Princes
The French giants went 1-0 up at the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago but Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time before Los Blancos added two late goals to finish the first leg with a comfortable advantage.
However, PSG have lost 3-1 to Real in a first leg before and still managed to turn the tie around. Back in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, the Madrid club also won their home clash 3-1, but were beaten 4-1 in the return fixture and ultimately eliminated from the competition.
Overall, the two sides have met seven times so far, with Los Blancos winning three games and PSG claiming two victories.
At home, the Ligue 1 leaders are still unbeaten against the Spanish giants, and PSG have also won all their games at the Parc des Princes across all competitions this season.
They need to score at least twice – a 2-0 win would send them through courtesy of the away goal rule, while a 3-1 scoreline would see the tie go to extra-time – in order to launch a comeback and prevent being knocked out at this stage in successive years, after FC Barcelona famously eliminated PSG following arguably the greatest comeback in UCL history last season.
PSG will be without their superstar Neymar, who underwent surgery on his foot injury in Brazil this week, and will reportedly be out for up to three months.
Here is how both teams will line up:
Paris Saint-Germain: Areola; Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Yuri; Motta, Rabiot, Verratti; Mbappé, Cavani, Di María.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Vazquez, Casemiro, Kovacic, Asensio; Ronaldo, Benzema.
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