Real Madrid proves they are the real “Big Boys”.

Real Madrid proves they are the real “Big Boys”.
Karim Benzama of Real Madrid reacts after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Image credit: Getty Images

Champions League football returned this week!

The much-anticipated match was on Wednesday (March 9) and a heavily talent-packed Paris Saint Germaine (PSG) team made a trip to the Spanish Capital for their Second Leg tie with Real Madrid.

Having won 1-0 in the first leg, confidence levels were high as Messi and co entered Bernabeu Stadium oblivious of what was to follow.

A bad beginning makes a bad ending, so goes the saying. However, any avid Football lover who has been following the sport can testify to the fact that this line of thinking doesn’t usually apply in football. Real Madrid had a bad beginning in the first leg, losing to PSG. The trend seemed to follow when PSG’s Kylian Mbappe scored in the 39th Minute.

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Real Madrid in-form Striker, 34-year-old Benzema applied this philosophy. Benzema who was making his 500th start for Real in all competitions, went aggressive putting pressure on PSG Keeper Donnarumma. The later was forced into making a costly mistake as Real Madrid made the tie even with Benzema’s goal at minute 61.

With the aggregate standing at 1-2, PSG struggled to get back in the game. A streak of glorious chances were laid to waste. Mbappe, who has as usual been PSG’s Saviour scored a goal that was rightly ruled for offside. The final Fifteen minutes of the game saw Benzema score two more goals to seal a hat trick and have the tie at 3-2.

“PSG have been here before. Two goals ahead against Manchester United after the first leg in 2019, four goals ahead of Barcelona in 2017. This time it was half an hour left, with two goals to the good.” Sky Sports wrote.

The curse following PSG is evident. Losing at the same stage in the same style- winning the first leg only to lose the second leg.

The 13 times Champions League Winners have now progressed to the Quarter Finals as they await for Friday (March 18) to learn their opponents during the Champions League Quarter-Finals draw.

PSG despite having all the money and Stars such as Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, and co, are still in search of their first Champions League trophy.

They wanted to chill with the big boys but it ended in tears.

All eyes now shift to Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United as they welcome one of Spain’s most successful Football team – Atletico Madrid.

Will Ronaldo do what Messi failed to do for PSG? That is the talk ongoing now as the Messi-Ronaldo comparison takes yet another level.

The match-up with the Spanish champions is finely poised, after Anthony Elanga’s late goal at the Wanda Metropolitano, a fortnight ago, secured a 1-1 draw for Ralf Rangnick’s side to take back to Manchester.

Manchester United will be looking to capitalize on the fact that they are at home and that Atletico Madrid is hit with some injuries – so Ronaldo’s work seems simplified a bit.

Mayende Collins Israel

Contributor, The Postdale Daily

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