Paris under pressure for Real Madrid decider

Paris Saint-Germain struck first at Real Madrid only to end up losing 3-1 – but the French side have history when it comes to turning round that deficit against their Spanish rivals.

Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys scoring his and Real Madrid's second goal in the first leg
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys scoring his and Real Madrid's second goal in the first leg ©Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain let slip their advantage at Real Madrid CF and two late goals from the holders have left their French opponents with plenty of work to do – but Paris have form when it comes to turning round a 3-1 first-leg deficit against the Spanish side.

• Adrien Rabiot put Paris in front at the Santiago Bernabéu, Cristiano Ronaldo levelling from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time – his 100th UEFA Champions League goal for Madrid. It was 101 when the Portuguese star struck again seven minutes from time, with Marcelo adding a third three minutes later.

• Paris won their first five Group B games to top the standings ahead of FC Bayern München while Madrid finished second to Tottenham Hotspur FC in Group H – the second year running they have been runners-up in their section.

• However, while the Spanish side have got to the semi-finals or better in each of the last seven seasons, Paris will need no reminding of their remarkable exit at this stage at the hands of FC Barcelona 12 months ago – their most recent tie against Spanish opponents.

Ronaldo on another 'special' Real Madrid night
Ronaldo on another 'special' Real Madrid night

Previous meetings
• The teams last met in the 2015/16 group stage, when a 0-0 draw in Paris preceded a 1-0 Real Madrid win in Spain, Nacho scoring the only goal in the 35th minute having come on only two minutes earlier. That helped the Merengues to finish first in the section, three points ahead of their French rivals.

• The line-ups at the Parc des Princes on 21 October 2015 were:
Paris: Trapp, Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Verratti (Lavezzi 80), Motta, Matuidi, Di María (Lucas 67), Cavani (Pastore 67), Ibrahimović.
Madrid: Navas, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (Modrić 69), Vázquez, Jesé (Cheryshev 73), Ronaldo.

• Paris knocked Madrid out of Europe two years in a row: in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-finals (1-3 a, 4-1 h), and in the 1993/94 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals (1-0 a, 1-1 h).

Match background

• This is Paris' sixth successive round of 16 tie – and also their sixth overall. They won the first four, but exited in dramatic circumstances at this stage 12 months ago.

• Paris were on the wrong end of the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history in last term's round of 16. Having won 4-0 at home to Barcelona, the French outfit succumbed 6-1 in the away leg to bow out – with Neymar, now of Paris, providing two Barça goals and an assist.

Beaten 3-1 by Bayern on matchday six to prevent them winning all six Group B games, Paris nevertheless finished the section with 25 goals, setting a new UEFA Champions League record.

• At home this season Paris were 3-0 victors against Bayern on matchday two before a 5-0 defeat of RSC Anderlecht and a 7-1 win against Celtic FC.

• Paris have lost just one of their last 46 European home games since crashing 4-2 to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage (W30 D15) – going down 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring Madrid's second in the first leg
Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring Madrid's second in the first leg©Getty Images

• That defeat by Barcelona was only Paris's second in 13 matches against Spanish visitors. Their previous loss was 3-1 against RC Deportivo La Coruña in the 2000/01 second group stage.

• Paris's home record against Spanish visitors reads W7 D5 L2; overall it is W11 D7 L11. They have won just one of the last eight such encounters, home and away.

• The French club's record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides is W5 L3. Those three defeats have come in the three most recent contests, all against Barcelona – in last season's round of 16 and the quarter-finals of 2015 and 2013.

• Paris have lost the away first leg 3-1 on only one previous occasion in a UEFA competition tie – that 1992/93 UEFA Cup quarter-final against Madrid, when they were 4-1 victors at the Parc des Princes.

• That is one of seven European ties in which Paris have lost away in the first leg – they have won five of them, although the most recent ended in an aggregate defeat, against SL Benfica in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 16 (1-2 a, 1-1 h).

• Paris's European shoot-out record is W0 L1:
3-4 v Rangers FC, 2001/02 UEFA Cup third round

Real Madrid
• Madrid are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the eighth successive year. Their round of 16 record is W8 L6; they lost at this stage for six years in a row between 2005 and 2010.

• In the 2016/17 round of 16, Madrid were 3-1 winners both home and away to SSC Napoli.

• This season, Madrid's first away game in Group H was a 3-1 success at Borussia Dortmund on matchday two, but they lost by the same scoreline at Tottenham Hotspur FC before a 6-0 victory at APOEL FC - their biggest UEFA Champions League away win.

• Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six group games, registering nine goals overall. His first-leg goals mean he has continued his record of finding the net in every game this season and is the competition's top scorer with 11.

Highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Paris
Highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Paris

• Zinédine Zidane's team have lost two of their last four European away games. A 2-1 defeat at Club Atlético de Madrid in last season's semi-final second leg (4-2 aggregate) ended Madrid's six-game unbeaten away run in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D3). They have now lost three of their last 15 away matches, the other a 2-0 reverse at VfL Wolfsburg in the 2015/16 quarter-final first leg; they won eight of those games.

• Madrid have lost just two of their last 26 European fixtures, most recently the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on matchday four, winning 18 and drawing six.

• Those 2015 games against Paris were Madrid's last matches against French opposition. They are unbeaten in their last ten such encounters (W7 D3), going back to a 1-0 loss at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2009/10 round of 16 first leg (1-2 aggregate).

• The first leg was the first time in six games Madrid had conceded a goal against French sides; they scored 13 goals themselves in that period (W5 D1).

• Madrid's record away to Ligue 1 clubs is W5 D3 L6.

• While Madrid have lost both their two-legged knockout ties with Paris, against French clubs overall their knockout record is W3 L4. Their most recent contests were a 4-1 aggregate victory against Lyon in the 2010/11 round of 16 (1-1 away, 3-0 home).

• Champions of Europe for a 12th time in 2016/17 – courtesy of their 4-1 final win against Juventus – Madrid aim to become the first team since Bayern München in 1976 to claim three successive European Champion Clubs' Cups. AFC Ajax (1971–73) and Madrid themselves (1956–60) are the only other sides to have won three or more in a row.

• Madrid have gone through in 46 of 59 European ties after winning the first leg at home, most recently against Club Atlético de Madrid in last season's semi-final (3-0 h, 1-2 a). When winning 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu first time out they have won five of nine ties, most recently against Napoli at this stage of the 2016/17 competition (3-1 away).

• Madrid's shoot-out record in European competition is W2 L2:
5-3 v Club Atlético de Madrid, 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final
1-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round
5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final

Coach and player links
• Zidane faced Paris four times as a player for FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Juventus (W2 D1 L1).

• Unai Emery twice faced Real Madrid's B team, Castilla, as a CD Toledo player (W2). However as manager of Almería, Valencia and Sevilla he won just five of his 20 games against the Merengues (D1 L14) including a 2-0 defeat in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup with Sevilla FC.

Marceloa (right) celebrates with Zinédine Zidane after scoring
Marceloa (right) celebrates with Zinédine Zidane after scoring©AFP/Getty Images

• Ángel Di María made 124 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2010 and 2015, scoring 22 goals, and was named man of the match as the Merengues lifted their tenth European title in 2014 with a 4-1 victory over neighbours Club Atlético de Madrid.

• Lassana Diarra made 87 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2008 and 2013, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the league title the following season.

• Dani Alves was in the Juventus team beaten 4-1 by Madrid in last season's UEFA Champions League final; Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice with Casemiro and Marco Asensio also on target for the Merengues.

• Draxler's VfL Wolfsburg beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of the 2015/16 quarter finals; he was also in the side that succumbed to a Ronaldo hat-trick in a 3-0 second-leg turnaround in Spain.

• Raphaël Varane's fifth game in the RC Lens first team was a Coupe de France tie at Paris in January 2011; his side lost 5-1. Varane did help Lens to a 0-0 Ligue 1 draw at the Parc des Princes the following month.

• Karim Benzema faced Paris seven times during his time in France with Lyon (W4 D2 L1). He was part of the Lyon team that beat Paris 1-0 in the Coupe de France final in May 2008.

• Marcelo scored Madrid's goal in a 3-1 defeat by Paris in an Ohio friendly in 2016.

• Alphonse Areola helped Villarreal CF to a 1-0 Liga win against Madrid in December 2015 during a season-long loan spell at the Yellow Submarine.

• International team-mates:
Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Neymar & Casemiro, Marcelo (Brazil)
Layvin Kurzawa, Adrien Rabiot, Kylian Mbappé, Lassana Diarra & Raphaël Varane (France)
Kevin Trapp, Julian Draxler & Toni Kroos (Germany)

• Have played together:
Julian Draxler & Borja Mayoral (VfL Wolfsburg 2016)
Dani Alves & Sergio Ramos (Sevilla FC 2003–05)

• Have played in France:
Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais 2005–09)
Raphaël Varane (RC Lens 2010/11)

• Have played in Spain:
Yuri Berchiche (Real Valladolid CF, 2009/10, Real Unión 2010–12, SD Eibar 2012–14, Real Sociedad 2014–17)
Neymar (FC Barcelona 2013–17)
Alphonse Areola (Villarreal CF, 2015/16)
Dani Alves (Sevilla FC 2002–08, FC Barcelona 2008–16)
Thiago Motta (FC Barcelona 2001–07, Club Atlético de Madrid 2007/08)

• A Germany team including Trapp, Kroos and Draxler drew 2-2 against France, who fielded Mbappé, Rabiot, Varane and substitute Kurzawa, in a friendly on 14 November 2017.