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8′ BLOCKED!!! Cristiano Ronaldo hits a shot from outside the area but it is blocked for a throw-in.

6′ CLEARED!!! Di Maria (PSG) searches for Cavani with a cross into the box, but Varane head away.
4′ PSG are are dictating the early proceedings.
2′ Free-kick!!! Verratti (PSG) is penalised for a bad foul on Casemiro.
Game on…..
A one minute silence is observed for the late Italian footballer, Davide Astori.
Players are out on the pitch.
STAT!!! Karim Benzema will be the 34th player to reach 100 UEFA Champions League appearances, and the third this season after Arjen Robben and Cesc Fàbregas. He is also only the third Frenchman, following in the footsteps of Thierry Henry (112 matches) and Patrice Evra (108).
PSG XI: 16 A. Areola, 17 Yuri, 5 Marquinhos, 2 Thiago Silva, 32 Dani Alves, 25 A. Rabiot, 8 T. Motta, 6 M. Verratti, 29 K. Mbappé, 9 E. Cavani, 11 Á. Di María

Substitutes: 19 L. Diarra, 23 J. Draxler, 3 P. Kimpembe, 18 G. Lo Celso, 12 T. Meunier, 27 J. Pastore, 1 K. Trapp

Real Madrid XI: 1 K. Navas, 12 Marcelo, 4 Sergio Ramos, 5 R. Varane, 2 Daniel Carvajal, 20 Marco Asensio, 14 Casemiro, 23 M. Kovačić, 17 Lucas Vázquez, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, 9 K. Benzema

Substitutes: 22 Isco, 11 G. Bale, 13 Kiko Casilla, 6 Nacho, 15 T. Hernández, 8 T. Kroos, 10 L. Modrić
Real Madrid coach, Zinédine Zidane has decided to bench Gareth Bale in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg encounter with PSG tonight.

The famous BBC comprising Karim Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to be producing the goods in recent games, but Zidane has decided to start the Wale international from the bench.

Tonight, Zidane has decided to pair Lucas Vázquez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in a three-man attack.

Also, the returning Luka Modric and Toni Kroos could also get a place on the bench as Marco Asensio and Matteo Kovacic take over the middle of the paark.

On the other hand, Unai Emery Etxegoien decided to bring Angel Di Maria into the mix to pair Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Champions Real Madrid are visiting the Parc des Princes as they look to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament.
(Daily Trust)

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