Al-Khelaifi: Real Madrid? Neymar ´100 per cent´ staying at PSG

Richard Buxton Neymar’s Real audition

Paris Saint Germain star Neymar messes around with captain Thiago Silva during training

"That is what happened. I am happy with my team-mates and I only think about my story here", he said. "We need to win there too".

There was no immediate reason for the ball lifting up, there was no double touch and there didn't look to be a huge divet in the Bernabeu turf. But Kroos' quick thinking from the resulting short corner left Giovani Lo Celso no option but to haul down the German, with referee Rocchi showing no hesitation in pointing to the spot this time, and allow Los Blancos to head into the break on even terms once again.

Neymar is the heir apparent to the throne of world's best footballer, but on an anticipated night in Madrid, arguably the game's greatest ever player showed he's not done just yet. In truth, it can always happen in the Champions League. Why?

It appears that his left foot, which planted firmly into the turf beside the ball, caused the ball to move slightly up off the spot.

"Vital win, " Ramos said after the match.

"We knew [PSG] were a very dangerous team with the forwards they have".

Balance is key to so much in this life.

The tie pitted 12-times European champions Real against the Qatar-backed Parisians who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals in the competition but boasted an attacking trio that cost over 460 million euros ($572 million) to assemble in transfer fees alone.

He has scored 11 this season in Europe in just seven matches, and he won the battle of the superstars at the Bernabeu with PSG's Neymar. "We know we are going to suffer". "I will find it even more difficult to understand if they brush aside PSG, but it wouldn't surprise me either".

You also expect more than a coach to fold when he is holding a winning hand by withdrawing a figure such as Cavani.

For PSG, who suffered their first Valentine Day's defeat, the romance of the Champions League is certainly dead. Now they're at risk of again crashing out of the UCL in the early knockout stages, which cannot please their Qatari owners.

It is fair to say the Champions League appears to have a rather arduous effect on the ardour of the men from the world's traditional romance capital.

"With Isco we were looking for superiority in the centre of the park", he said.

"We can be happy with the way we played".

'We had the game under control, and we stayed true to our principles.

PSG's game plan was shot and two telling goals went in.

"It was a very important victory".

His decision to bring on a defender, Thomas Meunier, for striker Edinson Cavani with around 25 minutes remaining to hold what they had was made worse by what followed. This, perhaps, was a glimpse into a future in which elite clubs, focused more on marketing and the generation of revenue than the pursuit of a coherent footballing philosophy, gather together elite players and throw them out onto the pitch to perform without any thought as to whether they can play together.

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