Not content with scoring his 100th goal in the Champions League for Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain, Ronaldo left everyone wondering about the legitimacy of his record-breaking finish from the spot.
The Brazil star, who was bought by PSG for 222 million euros precisely to be a factor in the Champions League, played second fiddle to Ronaldo throughout the match.
Emery - who sparked cries of delusion when he said his side 'dominated' the right flank after Thomas Meunier's introduction in the second half - explained how his team may have won the contest if they had had a more 'balanced' ref in charge.
"But, and it's a big but, I feel Emery moaning about decisions is a bid to detract away from the fact Neymar did not score the key goal and did not affect procedures as much as needed". The young Spaniard hasn't been as influential this season but showed with his sheer drive and determination he can't be ignored.
"The players represent the club and give their best for the club".
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And he established himself as a huge hit, driving the club to Champions League glory in 2014. "Marcelo's goal was very important, he played a good match and he deserved it", Ronaldo said in a statement. The Brazilian was even criticized for appearing to be unwilling to pass to his teammates, a claim which Neymar denied.
Following the resumption, Kylian Mbappe who was once targeted by Los Blancos looked to regain the lead after getting on goal from the right, but could only drew a fine save from Keylor Navas. He has got a step further every year and the forward has now scored 21 goals in his last 12 Champions League games and 11 in seven matches this season. I am proud of everyone. "It's not the same criteria".
Zinedine Zidane cut a frustrated figure on the touchlines and was the frustration was clearly taking a toll on the French manager before the first-half break. However, the scepticism over handing Giovani Lo Celso a role at the base of PSG's midfield was fully justified as the game grew on. Not the second time, though, as he was outwitted by Kroos at a Madrid short corner, and his clumsiness was punished by the equaliser.
Ronaldo has been in horrendous form for Real this season and has really struggled in front of the net. Zidane correctly urged his players to come flying out of the gates with hard pressing on Wednesday, and it would take bravery to proffer a similar plan in the second leg.
And Di Maria has since moved on to PSG, after quitting United after just a year at Old Trafford. Madrid were made to run, toil and rework their way to breach the PSG backline.
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