No shame in losing to Real Madrid, says embattled PSG coach

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They return as the competition's top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers."This year, we belong there", Klopp said, "it should not be a surprise".

"We deserved to reach the quarter-finals".

The double defending champions held a 3-1 lead from the first leg and, aided by the absence of Neymar, nullified the French side in Tuesday's second leg amid the billowing smoke of flares at an intimidating Parc des Princes to win 2-1. But let's focus on some Brazilians.

Eventually Draxler replaced Angel Di Maria, but he was unable to turn the team's fortunes around, PSG going on to lose 2-1 and exiting the competition 5-2 on aggregate.

Verratti's dismissal ended any lingering hope of a comeback for PSG, with Casemiro sealing the win after Cavani's equaliser, meaning their wait for a European crown goes on and the pressure on head coach Unai Emery grows after a second consecutive last-16 exit. The Brazil worldwide was largely anonymous during the first leg, which PSG lost 3-1, so there would have been no guarantees that he would have been the game-changer in the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. Dani Alves was there physically.

A starter in Paris and showed once more that he has the fight and quality to remain a starter at Real Madrid. Sacking Blanc cost PSG around 24 million euros ($30 million) in compensation for him and his staff: A massive sum rendered more surprising by the fact Blanc had been awarded a new contract just months before.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal of the night to hit his 12th in this campaign.

The goal itself did not end PSG's chances - the Parisians still needed to score three goals to advance - but it did kill the team's confidence. That was effectively game over for PSG, whose frustration was illustrated by the stupid sending off of midfielder Marco Verratti midway through the second period. "We don't want to over react, we will talk to the players".

Real had a great opportunity in the 20th minute, but PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola pulled off a superb save as he parried Sergio Ramos's effort from close range.

Casemiro's goal came thanks to a lazy clearance from Adrien Rabiot. But instead, manager Zidane opted for both Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez, in what was a tactical choice to help Real Madrid go on to beat the Ligue 1 leaders 2-1 in an exciting clash.

He said much the same after last year's humiliating elimination by Barcelona, when PSG made history by becoming the first team eliminated after winning a first leg 4-0.