Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net for the ninth Champions League game in a row as Real Madrid proved too strong for Paris St-Germain at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
That nine-game scoring streak equaled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record from 2003, as Ronaldo once again inspired his Madrid side to victory.
Coming into the game 3-1 down and without the injured Neymar, PSG were always up against it although the home fans did their best to conjure up a superb atmosphere.
and on 51 minutes, the Parisians’ hopes of making it into the last night were dealt an almighty blow, with Ronaldo heading home from a Lucas Vasquez cross.
Just after the hour-mark, things went from bad to worse from Unai Emery’s side, with Marco Veratti picking up a second booking after stupidly chasing after referee Felix Brych to give him some lip.
The hosts would get one back soon after, courtesy of Edinson Cavani, a goal which made it 2-4 on aggregate.
However, a deflected effort from Casemiro made it 2-1 on the night and sealed the deal for the visitors, who cruised into the quarter-finals for the eighth season in a row.
Despite their domestic struggles this season, Real continue to impress in Europe, with the win in Paris coming despite the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Isco all starting on the bench.
As for PSG, another season without European glory should see Emery sacked in the summer, particularly as they went out at the same stage last season.