Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid being played at Le Parc de Princes in Paris, France.
This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match buildup minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash. That was all for the night. Thanks for tuning in and take very good care of yourselves.
Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Real Madrid
90+4' GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Kylian Mbappe make s run into the box and finally beats Cortouis to finallt score what looks like the winning goal
PSG 1-0 Real Madrid
90+3' Gueye goes for goal from distance from outside the box, but Courtois continues to be a solid brink in the wall for Real Madrid
90' Chance! Mbappe makes a run along the right wing, cuts in left and beats the goalkeeper with the cross, but there is no one to receive the cross for a tap in as Real clear the ball eventually
87' Neymar breaks on the counter and psssess to Messi who runs with the ball into the final third with the Brazilian running behind him and then passes the ball to Neymar, who fails to finish the ball on target
82' Double Substitution for Real Madrid! In: Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde Out: Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric
81' Real Madrid progress the ball inthe PSG half this time with straight passes across the field and Vinicius then takes the ball and tries to make a run along the left, but goes down off a foul by Paredes for a free kick.
79' Mbappe makes a run along the right, goes solo and shoots for goal, but David Alaba makes a last minute block
77' Messi and Neymar combine with a fantastic one-two and the final pss by Messi is just too high as Mendy clears it away
75' Messi takes the free kick. It beats the wall, but beats the goal as well as it bends, but not enough to be on target
73' Foul and a free kick! Neymar tries to make a run in front of the Madrid box, but is closed in by Alaba and Casemiro, which results in a foul and PSG get a free kick in front of the penalty box
72' Substitution for Real Madrid! In: Lucas Vasquez, Rodrygo , Out: Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal
Substitution for PSG! In: Neymar, Out: Angel Di Maria
71' The match looks to be sequestered in the final third of PSG as the French side shower attacks one after the other against a white wall. The question is how long will the wall stay intact?
69' Paredes makes the most of a challenge by Alaba as Messi takes the resulting free kick. The ball is floated into the Madrid box, but is eventually cleared away
67' Carvajal makes a run along the right flank and his cross almost finds Benzema, while Marquinhos steals the ball to contain any attacking threat
65' Mbappe dispossessed and the ball falls for Paredes, but Messi rushes to it and shoots. His confidence levels looks faltering after the missed penalty at the moment
61' Messi steps up to take the penalty and shoots at the bottom right corner, but Courtois saves it this time
61' Penalty! Mbappe makes a run along the left of the penalty box and Carvajal tries to stop him and brings him down conceding a penalty
60' Danilo is back on his feet and now Messi dribbles along the midfield, but his shot is blocked by Eder Militao
57' Danilo looks to be in some sort of discomfort as PSG's medical team assists him on the field and Neymar is seen warming up along the sidelines
56' Mbappe gets the ball after multiple attempts to break into the penalty box by PSG players was spoiled by Real and shoots for goal and it is a regulation save for the Belgian International
54' Shot for Real Madrid! Toni Kroos goes for goal from distance as Donnarumma jumps full stretch, but the ball was travelling just over the goal
53' Shot! This time Messi goes for goal with a left-footed curler, but Courtois saves it comfortably
51' Yellow Card! Eder Militao makes a rash challenge on Mbappe and the Frenchman goes down as the Real Madrid defender is booked in the third booking of the match
50' Save! Verratti, Messi and Mbappe combine to play one-touch football as Mbappe hits the final shot, but Courtois makes a crucial save to deny the Ligue 1 giant a goal
49' The pressure being applied this time is on PSG as Real Madris continues to press high
47' Nuno Mendes is dispossessed during as he tries to make a run alond the right wing and as Hakimi passes a throught ball forward, Courtois gets to the ball first before Messi to clear it out of danger
Second Half Begins!
Real Madrid has not been able to have a single shot on in the first half. Will Ancelotti's side have one in the next 45 minutes? We will have to wait and watch as the two sides come out of their dressing rooms for the other half of this exciting contest.
PSG 0-0 Real Madrid
43' PSG breaks on the counter with Messi passing the ball to Mnappe on the left, who makes a run into the box after cutting in right, but his final pass to Messi is intercepted and cleared away by Real Madrid
42' Real Madrid tries to create an attack with combination play, but PSG has six men stationed at the back, which become seven at times as no real danger is created by Ancelotti's side
39' Alaba tries to make a solo run from the back and meanwhile Verratti brings down Casemiro and the Italian gets booked.
Yellow Card to Marco Verratti!
37' Yellow Card! Casemiro brings down Verratti in a rash challenge and the referee gives him a yellow card straight away, which would mean he will miss the second leg
36' Action on the other end! Benzema and Assensio pair up as the Spaniard fails to take the ball beyond two PSG defenders and this attack of Real fizzles out
33' Stitching passes from flank to the other, Mbappe and Messi create a channel along the left, but their long ball and build up is put to bed after a sloppy foul by Hakimi
32' Messi makes a wonderful run in front of the midfield, runs through the Real defence, but the final shot misses the target
29' Brazilian Samba all the way! Militao makes a solo run from the defensive lines right upto te final third and passes to fellow Brazilian Vinicius, who is fouled close to the penalty box as he tries to make a run along the flanks
28' Messi makes a solo run from the midfield and passes to Di Maria and then Verratti gets it as PSG enjoys possession and looks for gaps to exploit
25' Messi and Hakimi pair up and then crosses a long ball to Nuno Mendes and then the ball goes back. PSG i s definitely upto some serious trouble, which looks evident by its attacking intensity
23' Shot! Nuno mendes tries a shot from outside the box with a left-footed curler, but Courtois saves it this time again
22' Mbappe goes down close to the penalty box after what looked like a challenge, but the replay showed there was nothing close to a foul as the referee ruled a goal kick after the ball went out of play in Madrid's half
19' Mbappe tries to cross the ball after a run behind the defender, but Modric clears the ball away. It is all PSG at the moment in the Madrid half
18' Save! Mbappe makes another run into the box and this time Carvajal's touch, followed by Courtois' save keeps the score 0-0 after 17 minutes.
17' Nuno Mendes and Mbappe pair up to run aling the left channek and Nuno passes the ball to Kylina in the final third, which he receives well, but just before his shot, Carvajal, gets the ball back to contain the attack
15' Di Maria tries to run around the Madrid box and launch a shot, but is blocked by Alaba
13' Slip! Carvajal slips as Mbappe gets the ball and tries to break into the box, but Modric comes to the rescue putting the ball away for a corner. Messi takes the kick, but the ball is cleared away by the Real Madrid defence
12' PSG pressing high up the field as Militao is forced to play the ball out of play.
9' The corner kick taken quickly is received by Messi, but the cross into the box that follows is just too high as the ball goes out for a goal kick this time
9' Corner Kick! Messi breaks the press that was locking Mbappe and Verratti, whihc gives the Frenchman space to run into the box with the ball, but ends up earning a corner
7' Real Madrid return to playing from the back with the ball moving from Militao to Alaba and a final touch from Vinicius leads the ball to Donnarumma, who grabs the ball to roll it back into play
5' Chance! Mbappe makes a run along the left and crosses for Di Maria, who skies the ball in front of the goal.
4' The match settling in the midfield as Messu tries to make runs behind the Real Madrid defence and the whites have two lines of four whites stationed to contain any such attacks
1' Di Maria tries to make an early run along the rihght flank, but Mendy marks him well to stop him in his tracks and clears the ball back into the midfield
1:31 am: Kick off!
PSG is in its signature blue home kit, while Real Madrid also starts in its conventional white kit.
1:28 am: The players are in the tunnel and after shaking hands, they walk out onto the pitch. The stage is set. The players are ready. Let the battle begin!
1:05 am: The players from both the sides are out on the field and are warming up for a match that has the potential to have the intensity of a Champions League final.
12:45 am: Key Stat: Real Madrid has not been able to beat Paris St. Germain since Cristiano Ronaldo left Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo was in the scoresheet in both the legs against PSG in the Champions League 2018. Since then, Los Blancos have lost 3-0 to PSG and drawn 2-2 on November 27, 2019.
12:25 am: Starting Line-ups are out!
PSG Starting XI: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Nuno Mendes, Danilo Pereira, Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria
Real Madrid Starting XI: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba, Eder Militao, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
12:20 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD: Since 2015, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have met seven times and Real Madrid has won thrice, while PSG has won twice and two matches have been a draw. The last time the two sides met, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has backed Lionel Messi to come alive against Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg despite an underwhelming domestic campaign.
Messi has scored only two goals in Ligue 1 since his shock move to PSG last August after being forced to leave Barcelona after 21 years as the Catalans could no longer afford his salary. He scored 30 goals in his final LaLiga campaign.
But he has fared much better in the Champions League for PSG, scoring five times in five group games, including a wonderful strike in a 2-0 home win over Manchester City.
Messi usually upped his game against Real Madrid when playing for Barcelona, scoring 26 goals in 45 meetings with Barca's biggest rival, making him the all-time top scorer in 'El Clasico'.
And Pochettino is certain the seven-times Ballon d'Or winner will rise to the occasion when Carlo Ancelotti's side visit the Parc des Princes.
"Messi is in good shape and really looking forward to the game. In matches like this his experience is very important and he can play a fundamental role in transmitting that to his team-mates," Pochettino told a news conference.
"We don't need to gear ourselves up for this game because everyone is already highly motivated and hugely excited about playing tomorrow and helping the team in any way possible."
Pochettino confirmed that former Real captain Sergio Ramos is the only PSG player from his squad who will be missing for the match after Neymar returned to training on Monday for the first time after injuring his ankle in November.
Pochettino paid tribute to the might of Real and said his side, which has never won the Champions League, was very much the contender against the 13-times European champion.
"We have so much respect for Real Madrid as one of the best teams in the world. You don't win 13 European Cups thanks to your coaches, that is down to the overall strength of the club," the Argentine coach said.
"We are the challengers, a lot of effort has gone into building a squad to achieve our dream but we're still the challengers and Real Madrid are the ones who have a habit of winning the Champions League.
"But we don't feel like victims, I believe in my team, in my club and in our fans, who will give us a lot of energy."
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