Marco Verratti sees red as PSG crashes out of Champions League

Paris St-Germain crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after being beaten by holders Real Madrid by 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate) in a game that also saw Marco Verratti being sent off.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first leg at home, which Real won 3-1, and Los Blancos looked confident at the sound of the starting whistle with Sergio Ramos forced the first real save of the night from Alphonse Areola from a corner.

Six minutes after the break, Real were one foot into the quarter finals when Ronaldo headed in from Lucas Vazquez’s cross to extend Real’s lead in France and for his 22nd goal in his past 13 Champions League appearances.

It was also a decisive moment that went against the Ligue 1 leaders when Marco Verratti received a second yellow card for dissent, charging at the referee after a heavy tackle and being left in tears as he trudged off the pitch. The Italy international had already been booked when he fouled Casemiro in the first half.

However, PSG showed that they still have some fight in them when Edinson Cavani equalised through a deflection following a scramble in the Real box.

But it proved to be little more than consolation as Casemiro’s own heavily deflected strike from the edge of the box was enough to seal victory for the visitors.

With the amount of money PSG had spent in the summer, this will be seen as another failure in European competition for them and coach Unai Emery.

Emery, who won the Europa League three times with Sevilla, has failed to take PSG beyond the last 16 in two attempts — last season they lost 6-5 on aggregate against Barcelona, despite winning the first leg 4-0.

PSG best record in the Champions League was their entry into the semi-finals in 1994-95, although they have not made it past the quarter-finals since then.

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