MADRID (Reuters) – Paris St Germain spent 400 million euros ($498 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last year but it was Real Madrid’s bargain signing Marco Asensio who stole the show when Real beat the Parisians 3-1 in Wednesday’s showcase Champions League last-16 first leg.
Spanish winger Asensio cost Real a mere 3.5 million euros from Mallorca in 2014 and entered the game only in the 79th minute but played a decisive role in Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo each scoring late on to give the European champions the edge in the tie.
Minutes - Pitch - Tore - Area - Left
With less than three minutes on the pitch the 22-year-old tore into the area from the left wing to find Cristiano Ronaldo, who bundled the ball into the net off his knee to put Real ahead for the first time in the 83rd minute.
The Spain international then flew down the left wing again to drill the ball back for Marcelo to strike the third goal, requiring PSG to win the second leg by at least two goals if they are to avoid an embarrassing exit from the competition at the last-16 stage for a second consecutive season.
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