PSG - Real Madrid summary: score, highlights, Champions League round of 16
PSG vs Real Madrid: as it happened
PSG vs Real Madrid: headlines
- Min 90+4: Mbappé scores with last kick of game
- Min 62: Courtois saves Messi penalty!!
- Min 50: Brilliant save from Courtois to deny Mbappé
- Min 18: Courtois saves from Mbappé close range
- Min 5: Di Maria misses great chance
- Messi-Mbappé-Di Maria start for PSG
- Benzema-Vini-Asensio start for Madrid
- Learn more about tonight's referee Daniele Orsato
- Away goals? UEFA have changed the rules
Mbappé wins it at the death to give PSG first leg lead
Kylian Mbappé scored a stunning individual goal in stoppage time to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 home victory over Real Madrid and spare Lionel Messi's blushes after he had missed a penalty in their Champions League last-16, first leg on Tuesday.
It took PSG 94 minutes to find the winner with a brilliant run by Mbappé, who danced in between two defenders and calmly slid the ball into the far corner to earn PSG a deserved victory after they had dominated the encounter.
PSG missed several chances and were thwarted by Real keeper Thibaut Courtois, who denied Mbappé on several occasions before superbly pushing away Messi's spot kick in the second half.
"It was a great game for us and I'm always ready to help my team, there are no distractions," Mbappé told reporters.
"We have to be humble and the second leg is still open. It will be a hard game but we will have the advantage and are very confident."
Madrid struggled to find any rhythm
Real Madrid finished the game with zero shots on target while PSG had eight, with almost 60% of possession.
Madrid will be without Casemiro and Ferland Mendy for the second leg at home on 9 March. The pair were both shown yellow cards and will be suspended for collecting three yellows in the competition.
"Our counter-attack didn't work today," Courtois told reporters. "It's hard to lose but the second leg is wide open. We have to win and we will try to do it in front of our fans, what is a great advantage."
Courtois repeatedly frustrated Messi and Mbappé. His best save came early in the second half when Messi stepped up for the penalty after Mbappé had been fouled inside the area by Dani Carvajal. The Belgian stretched low to his left to stop the Argentinian's shot with his hand.
But 30 minutes later Mbappé found the winner and Courtois could only watch as the ball went through his legs and into the corner of the net.
Read below to see how the game unfolded
What a finish to the game, as Mbappé clinches the win with the last kick.
OK, so it's only half-time in the tie but that goal feels so, so important. Madrid were totally dominated but somehow survived until that very last second. Can they swing things that dramatically in the return leg? Nothing seen tonight, or in recent weeks, suggests that they can, but we've been watching this football malarkey for long enough to know that anything can happen.
Peep, peep, peeeeep! The final whistle blows and PSG take a narrow win to the Santiago Bernabéu for the second leg.
Mbappé does it at the death!!!
What a stunning goal from a stunning player. The Frenchman skips between two Madrid defenders as if they weren't there and then slots the ball under the onrushing Courtois.
Brilliant stuff and no less than he, and his team, deserve tonight.
Paredes the latest into the book.
We'll have four additional minutes.
Another brilliant run from Mbappé, in behind the Madrid defence but his cut-back is picked up by a white shirt. He's certainly passed an unnecessary audition for his new club*. Unplayable at times.
(*possible new club - lawyer edit)
Late replacements. Will either make their mark?
PSG | Gueye replaces Danilo
Madrid | Bale replaces Benzema
Yeah, I was right. That breather ended quickly with a turnover of possession and a slick break down the centre of the pitch, Messi jinking away from snapping boots, eyeing up the opportunities ahead of him.
And just as it looked as though the Argentine had held onto the ball too long, he plays an exquisitely dinked pass into the overlapping Neymar, who's tight-angled cross is missed by everyone.
Relatively speaking, we've hit a lull in the game. It's almost as though the hosts have decided to take a breather, along their opponents a couple of minutes to knock the ball around. I can't see it lasting long.
Another couple of changes for Madrid:
Hazard and Valverde ON, Vini and Modric OFF
We've just had another rare attacking moment from Madrid so I should probably mention it, although it never really felt like it was going to bear fruit.
Vini and Benzema reached the edge of the PSG box only for them to be outnumbered - mainly due to indecision - and then the Brazilian tries to escape with a trick and falls over himself.
Meanwhile, I'm unable to type fast enough to tell you about every threat from the home side.
For anyone, and there have been many, who question the work ethic or individualism over teamwork of this PSG side, I hope you're watching.
Tonight they are epitomising everything there is about a team united, working for each other, not only in terms of energy but also with a clear and understood purpose.
Immediately Neymar is into action and is brought down by Alaba around 23-25 yards from goal, dead centre.
Messi and Neymar eye it up, before the Argentine goes for a curler. Just wide.
We do actually have a raft of changes coming up:
PSG | Neymar ON, Di Maria OFF
Madrid | Rodrygo and Lucas Vazquéz ON, Carvajal and Asensio OFF
It feels as though Ancelotti needs to get some fresh legs on here but from the looks of things down on the touchline, it's Pochettino making a move.
Don't worry, Madrid fans. Just some unknown Brazilian called Neymar coming on.
Verratti went down in the penalty area and is screaming in pain and/or for another spot kick.
After realising that he's definitely not getting the latter he decides that he can deal with the pain and is back up and into action again.
Danilo is into the book. The yellows are certainly totting up.
Courtois saves Messi penalty!!
It's a decent hit from the Argentine low to the keeper's left but he's down quickly and blocks it away. Somehow Madrid are still level.
Penalty to PSG!
Mbappé beats Carvajal on the stretch and Messi has a chance to finally get the opener...
Ferland Mendy also into the book and he too will miss the return leg. The only thing currently going for the Spanish side is that they're still level in this tie.
As the dust settles on that amazing chance for PSG, and it hasn't really, Madrid do escape for a momentary attack and Kroos tries his luck from distance, Donnarumma keeping a close eye on it as it clears the crossbar.
One thing that may start to play on the minds of the hosts is that they have performed well in the past only to be sucker-punched by a poorer opposition. And Madrid have form of doing that too.
What a save from Courtois!
Delicious interplay from the home side around the Madrid area ends with a perfect ball into the feet of Mbappé who then strikes hard and low from around the penalty spot.
It's got goal written all over it, and the crowd react as if it is, but then the big Belgian is down quickly to his right and with a strong hand pushes it away.
Excellent stuff from PSG. Brilliant from Courtois.
That front foot attempt didn't last long. Messi breaks through the centre and almost feeds in Mbappé sprinting ahead just to his right. A sliding block from Mendy almost hands it back to the Argentine but there are enough white shirts to clean up.
Madrid surely cannot handle another 45 minutes of pressure.
We've had no changes to personnel from either manager and Madrid try to get onto the front foot from the start.
We're off! PSG get us going this time, seems fair.
Right, teams are heading back out. Let's see what they have in store for us.
PSG 0-0 Madrid: halftime reflection
It's feels fair to say that it was an utterly dominant half from our Parisien hosts. OK, so they're not leading, and clearly they have form of not putting sides away when in this situation, but that doesn't take away the fact that they've made Madrid look like a lower league outfit. And I'm talking French league!
The most impressive element of the performance has been the pressing without the ball. Yes, they've knocked passes between themselves very neatly. Yes, Mbappé, Messi, Mendes and others have looked dangerous on the break. But the domination has been most evident by not letting up when Los Blancos have the ball, swarming them like bees around an especially attractive flower.
Ancelotti and co. will be delighted to still be on level terms, but will need a lot to change to really get into this game.
City proving too slick for Sporting
Before we look back on that first 45 in Paris, a quick glance across to Portugal where the other Champions League game has also reached its break.
The local Lisbon fans don't have much to be shouting about, being four goals down, a historic scoreline as you can see from Joe's info below.
Make sure you check out Silva's first goal. Ping!
Peeep! The first half is over and we await a goal.
Oooh! Madrid have won a corner in the dying seconds of this half. Surely not.
The dead-ball cross is met near the front post by the head of Casemiro but it's wide of Donnarumma's goal. That should be that.
We'll have one added minute.
Madrid have had a decent few minutes of not being under the cosh - not exactly huge praise for a team of their standing - but they are then back under pressure with the simplest of counters.
Mbappé first gets a chance to shimmy his way into a shooting position. Blocked. Shortly after Messi comes in from the other flank and fires low. Blocked again.
No sooner has the game returned to its pace and Verratti joins Casemiro in Mr Orsato's book. The midfielder's reaction suggests he may, just slightly, disagree with the call.
Casemiro is the first into the book. Not a particularly bad foul but I can see why the ref decided to show him a yellow. Let's see if Messi, Di Maria and Verratti try to tease another foul or two out of the Brazilian.
Casemiro is out of return leg!
Carvajal is trying to add impetus to the Madrid attacks but every time he goes he leaves that Mbappé risk.
The game feels a little like a home Ligue 1 game for PSG to be honest. Massively in control of the pace and rhythm of the match against a side struggling to get out and make things happen for themselves.
That said, the atmosphere is a notch above.
From Madrid to Paris
Recognise these former Madrid stars?
Finally Madrid get forward with some level of control. The ball is worked from right to left and then Vini wins a free-kick wide.
Asensio and Kroos stand over it but seem in no rush to take it despite the area being well stocked of players in white. Taking a breather maybe.
Asensio delivers but it's cleared at the front post immediately freeing Messi and Hakimi to exchange passes as they dart up the right wing. Only a slight overhit from the Argentine ends the danger.
More incredible pressure from PSG - seriously the visitors must wonder what the hell they've come into - and the confusion caused with so many bodies in and around the Madrid penalty area almost sees Mbappé sneak in, only a deflection handing possession to Courtois.
Madrid struggling to get a hold of the ball for any period of time, even in their own half. When they have it they are swarmed, so go long and lose it. PSG bossing this.
No sooner have Madrid escaped that previous break than PSG are at it again. And it's that man Mbappé who gets himself into space to get a strike away, Courtois needing to be sharp to stop him.
A little respite for Madrid as Carvajal helps out Vinicius down the right in what could have proved fruitful.
But suddenly the whole move is flipped on its head and Kimpembe breaks down the left, feeding Mbappé who appears to be free to shoot from the edge of the area.
No! A perfectly timed sliding tackle takes the ball away from the French striker and Madrid are safe. Would you believe it, it was Carvajal getting back to make that challenge.
Great stuff all round!
Carvajal may have wished that his club chairman had just burst the bank and signed Mbappé ahead of this game. We're hardly into this encounter and the Spanish full-back has been beaten twice, only fortune preventing him from being punished by a goal.
Ancelotti may want to double up down that side. I don't think there's anyone on the other side to worry about. What? Oh!
Great pressure again from PSG front players. Courtois and Militao tried to play it out of defence and the latter found Modric only for him to lose it in the split second he was afforded.
Strong start from the Ligue 1 leaders.
A first corner of the game is won by the hosts and it comes after some concerted pressure on the Madrid defence.
Other than the previous chance there have been no real threats on Courtois but there is a momentum building and the chanting home support feels it too.
A short corner worked to Messi then Kimpembe is wasted.
Chance: Di Maria
What an opportunity for the Argentine winger to open the scoring.
Mbappé does brilliantly to create space on the left, turning Carvajal inside out, and his low cross to the edge of the six-yard box is met by Di Maria who first time skies it. Should be 1-0. It's not.
Madrid, all in white, are not letting the boys in blue settle on the ball at all in these early stages. Likewise when possession is switched.
A nice feel already to this game... I hope I don't regret saying that.
Madrid start by attacking down the right but a quick turnover is met with an excited cheer from the stands as Mbappé gets a chance to sprint away into open grass.
A loose pass brings the promising attack to an end but I sense we'll see a lot of that tonight.
We're off! Real Madrid get us going, shooting from left to right as I look on.
Right, smiles and handshakes out the way. Sponsors have had their moment too. Now it is time for the action.
And here we go. The teams are out and that famous anthem rings out around the Parc des Princes.
If you've forgotten the tune, here's a nice way to remind yourself, courtesy of CBS.
It's almost time. As I said earlier, what a game to get the knockout phase underway.
The players are in the tunnel, the officials readying themselves to head out onto the field...
PSG players get some shooting practice in away from the main goal. Stadium close to full now.
Parc des Princes entry
Well-travelled Spanish journalist Guilem Balague share his experience as he arrived at the stadium.
How much do you know about tonight's referee? Truth be told, how much do you really care?
Well, we know that if Mr Daniele Orsato makes a slightly dodgy decision then you'll definitely be asking questions about his background - possibly even screaming out doubts over his birth status - so here's a quick piece that our Kieran pulled together. Just click above.
PSG pushing a billion
There are four teams in Champions League action tonight with PSG and Man City the obvious big spenders of recent years.
It wasn't long ago that Florentino Pérez would have mocked the other two, although this summer we are certainly expecting a return to some real galáctico signings in Madrid.
The Madrid lads looked pretty snazzy themselves upon arrival at the stadium. That mix of shirt, tie and trainers the modern day smart-casual for every footballer with an Instagram account.
The PSG boys arrived tonight looking smart, suited and booted.
Will they be able to show as much class when they swap their Boss gear for Nike, Adidas etc? Around 20 mins till we begin to find out?
Pochettino vs Ancelotti
Ancelotti winless against PSG
As a coach, Ancelotti has so far proved unable to win a game against PSG. The 62-year-old was beaten once by the Parisians as Bayern Munich boss (3-0, in the 2017/18 Champions League group phase) and twice drew with them during his time with Napoli (2-2 in France and 1-1 in Italy, in the 2018/19 Champions League group stage).
Ancelotti was PSG head coach between January 2012 and May 2013, registering 49 wins, 19 draws and nine defeats in 77 competitive games in charge, with 153 goals for and 64 against. His only home losses as PSG boss were a 3-1 defeat to Lyon in the Coupe de France, and 2-1 reverses against Saint-Étienne and Rennes in Ligue 1.
Pochettino's record against Real Madrid
While at the helm of Espanyol, Pochettino lost his first seven meetings with Real Madrid as a coach, without seeing his team even score a goal. The Argentine enjoyed better fortunes against Madrid with Tottenham Hotspur, however, overseeing a 3-1 win in London and a 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu in the 2017/18 Champions League group stage.
Pochettino has taken charge of 68 competitive games at PSG, winning 46, drawing 12 and losing 10. His PSG team is unbeaten in 14 games - nine wins and five draws - since going down 2-1 to Manchester City in late November.
Starting XI: Real Madrid
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Vinicius, Benzema
Hazard and Bale notable inclusions on the bench.
Starting XI: PSG
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Danilo, Verratti, Paredes; Di María, Messi, Mbappé
A certain Neymar Jr is on the bench.
The Benzema effect
So, following on from my last post, one factor that seems to often determine whether or not Los Blancos function properly - at least as an attacking force - is Karim Benzema.
As you can see in the graphic, his goals in all competitions this season are rather important. He's been missing in recent games, but is back tonight. How do I know? Team news is in and coming up next...
How they got here: Real Madrid
It was a much more comfortable group stage for Carlo Ancelotti's men, finishing on top and having won five of the six games.
Across those game they knocked in 14 goals and only conceded three the other way. In the league they may be leading too, but there have certainly been some signs of a wobble... although I may be able to explain that.
How they got here: PSG
The group stage was no stroll for the French side but in the end the table gave us what we expected.
For me, Man City are the best team out there at the moment, so it was no surprise that they topped the group, providing them with a more than pleasing tie with Lisbon side, Sporting. Second place for PSG was always likely to hand them a tougher draw... and here we are.
PSG vs Madrid of the past
PSG and Madrid have been drawn together in the Champions League knockout rounds once before, also at the last-16 stage. In the 2017/18 season, Los Blancos saw off the Parisians home and away to earn a 5-2 aggregate victory, before going on to win a third consecutive European title.
As you'll see in the graphic, Madrid edge the head-to-head but a home win tonight levels it all up.
Champions League golazos
The Madrid social media team have served us up a treat with this little compilation of goals from the Spanish side.
I think my favourite is the last one as Vini serves it on a plate for the Karim drive.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock or stuck on an internet-free island for the past few years, you'll be more than aware of the links between PSG's French superstar and their opponents tonight.
From everything we have learned in recent weeks - and we have some very good contacts in the clubs - barring a major shift in circumstances, Kylian Mbappé will be playing in the Madrid colours from this summer.
But forget all that for the moment! He's a professional and will be out to get the 'W' for his side tonight and in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. Let's see what welcome awaits him there...
Our Will knocked up this handy little guide to give you information on when the game kicks off in your time zone along with TV and streaming info.
Click on the picture or title above and all his research will have been worth the effort.
PSG vs Madrid: welcome
Hello and a very warm welcome to more live football as the Champions League knockout phase gets underway. And what an absolute cracker we have to get the round of 16 going with Real Madrid pitching up in Paris to face the star-studded PSG.
Kick off is at 9 p.m. local time (CET) which is 3 p.m. on the east coast of the US. I'll be bringing you all the team news, insight and some game stats as we build up to the action and then take you through the match as it happens.
Whether you're looking for someone to give you an update because you can't view it for yourself, or fancy checking out if your opinion on a play or decision matches someone else's, I'm here for you. Let's go...