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Champions League: Real Madrid march into knock-out phase after win over PSG

Published 04/11/2015

Star quality: Cristiano Ronaldo inspiring Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory over PSG
Star quality: Cristiano Ronaldo inspiring Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory over PSG

Real Madrid joined Man City in the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu.

Real had Cristiano Ronaldo in their line-up but manager Rafa Benitez had to do without injured pair Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

The game's only goal came from an unlikely source, Nacho scoring just over two minutes after coming on as a 33rd minute sub for the injured Marcelo.

The result puts Real Madrid three points clear of PSG at the top of Group A.

In Man City's group, Stephan Lichtsteiner earned Juventus a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach just a month after undergoing heart surgery.

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The Swiss defender, making his first appearance since having the procedure to cure breathing difficulties, smashed in a superb equaliser before half-time.

Fabian Johnson had fired the German side ahead while Juventus had to play most of the second half with 10 men after Anderson Hernanes was sent off.

The hosts almost went ahead after 13 minutes when Mahmoud Dahoud hit a swerving shot from well outside the area which crashed back off the crossbar with Gianluigi Buffon stranded.

Five minutes later Gladbach did go in front, Raffael collecting a loose ball and playing in Johnson to coolly slot the opening goal past Buffon.

In Man United's group, PSV Eindhoven had a 2-0 win at home to Wolfsburg, Jürgen Locadia and Luuk de Jong grabbing the goals in the second half.

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