It was a mouth watering night of Champions League football at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with PSG.
Karim Benzema saw his two goals cancelled out by a second half quickfire double from Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia as the Perisien cemented their top spot in Group A.
Real Madrid’s opener came through a beautiful attacking force engineered by Eden Hazard who breezed through the Perisien midfielders before finding Valverde on the right flank.
Valverde and Dani arvajal worked well before the Uruguayan laid a good pass to Isco in the box. Isco shot came off the bar onto Benzema who finished off for his very first goal against the French champions.
Real continued to press on the French champions looking for a second through Toni Kroos, whose shot was parried by Keylor Navas, in the 25th minute.
The Madrid giants had mother-luck and VAR to thank for going into the break with their solitary goal as a controversy ensued just before half time.
PSG were on course for an equalize before Icardi got bundled down by Courtois in the penalty box. The Belgian GK was given a hasty red card before the centre referee decided to consult VAR.
After VAR review, the Referee overturned every decision he initially made, having spotted a push by Idrissa Gana Guay on Marcelo in the build up.
Second half saw Thomas Tuchel bring Neymar Jnr to the fore. But it was Real Madrid who almost got a second.
Marcelo found Benzema free on goal with a cross but Navas did well to deny the French striker a second goal of the night.
Keylor Navas continued to keep the Perisien in the game with his saves, denying Isco at the near post and catching Marcelo’s shot cold minutes later.
Real lost Eden Hazard to injury inflicted on him by his compatriot, Thomas Meunier and he was subbed off for Gareth Bale who was welcomed with cheers from the Bernabeu fans.
Madrid consolidated on their dominant display with a second goal in the 79th minute.
Luka Modric won possession and hit on a attack with the ball finding it’s way to Marcelo.
The Brazilian left back who has been causing PSG all sorts of trouble floated a perfect cross to Benzema and the Real Madrid top scorer headed home for 2-0.
Kylian Mbappe pulled one back for The Perisien just at the restart of the game.
Mbappe’s goal was the spark PSG needed to force a comeback.
Pablo Sarabia blasted an equalizer to the top corner two minutes after the French side scored their first all thanks to an attack engineered by Neymar.
Second half substitutes, Rodrygo and Gareth Bale were very close to stealing a winner for the Spanish giants but the Brazilian’s shot went wide and Gareth Bale’s audacious freekick could only hit the woodwork.
2-2 it ended as both teams qualify for the round of 16. Real continue their run of seven home games without a defeat against French oppositions in Europe, while PSG return to the French capital as group leaders.