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16 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Zidane expects Real to ‘suffer’ in Paris after first-leg win

AFP

AFP, MADRID: Zinedine Zidane warned his Real Madrid players that they can expect to suffer in the return leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain despite seeing Cristiano Ronaldo inspire a 3-1 comeback victory on Wednesday.

The reigning European champions stunned the PSG of Neymar in the last 16, first-leg showdown with two goals in the final seven minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu from Ronaldo and Marcelo.

Ronaldo had earlier drawn Madrid level with his 100th Champions League goal for the club from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, cancelling out Adrien Rabiot's opener for the French side.

“"We can afford to have a bit of euphoria tonight. We have to be satisfied, and enjoy this,” said Zidane.

“But there is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity. We know we are going to suffer.”

Real had already suffered for large spells of Wednesday's match, before PSG collapsed defensively in the closing stages, unable to adjust after Zidane sent on Marco Asensio.

Striker Asensio set up the two late goals, and Zidane will take plenty of credit for the impact his substitutions had on the game just when it looked as though PSG would leave the Spanish capital with the edge in the tie.

Zidane, under pressure because of Real's indifferent domestic form, again saw the Champions League bring the best out of his team and Ronaldo.

He has scored 11 this season in Europe in just seven matches, and he won the battle of the superstars at the Bernabeu with PSG's Neymar.

While Real are looking to win the European Cup for the third year running -- something no club has done since Bayern Munich in 1976 -- and the 13th time overall, PSG risk seeing their wait for a first Champions League crown go on.

 

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