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Ronaldo scores as UCL holders Madrid reach quarter finals

European champions Real Madrid moved into the Champions League quarter-finals as they beat Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain at Parc des Princes.

By SportBrief Reporter

Ronaldo netted his 12th goal in this season’s Champions League when Real pounced on a Dani Alves error and the Portugal forward converted with a powerful header from six yards out after Vasquez’s fine cross.

PSG found themselves in more trouble when midfielder Marco Verratti was sent off for two bookable offences, before Edinson Cavani pulled a goal back, scoring a fortunate equaliser when a clearance rebounded off him into the net.

But the hosts who were second best throughout the night could only delay the inevitable as Casemiro’s strike went in off PSG defender Marquinhos with Real making sure of their passage into the next round.

It could have been even worse for PSG as Real also hit the woodwork twice, through Asensio and Vasquez, who collected a pull-back from substitute Bale, but struck the foot of the post.

For PSG, 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, it is the second successive season where they have gone out at the last-16 phase and it leaves manager Unai Emery’s future at the club in doubt.

They were without injured forward Neymar and were not helped by Verratti’s needless dismissal in the 66th minute. The Italy international was booked when he fouled Casemiro in the first half and was shown a second yellow card when he sprinted after referee Felix Brych and was cautioned for dissent.

Real Madrid are now into the Champions League quarter-finals for an eighth successive season and remain on course for a third title in a row.

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