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Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - JULY 27: Daniel Carvajal (L) of Real Madrid and Zkatan Ibrahimovic (R) of PSG battle for the ball during the pre season friendly match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Ullevi on July 27, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 25, 2016

Jese Rodriguez scored the only goal of this high-profile friendly as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Doha on Thursday.

The 20-year-old found the back of the net after 19 minutes at Khalifa International Stadium, but following his superb finish, neither his side nor the French champions could overcome a rash of poor finishing in the Qatar capital.

Madrid, in third place in La Liga heading into the winter break, went on the front-foot from the opening kickoff and had a chance to open the scoring in the third minute when Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort sailed over the bar.

But it wasn’t long before PSG had settled into the encounter, and just before the quarter-hour mark, Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearly got on the end of a cross that took a deflection off Alvaro Arbeloa before he barged into Sergio Ramos and was penalized for a foul.

Then, it was Edinson Cavani with a pair of chances—the Uruguay international first missing the target with a shot and then forcing Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez into making a fantastic save following an exquisite, one-touch ball from Blaise Matuidi.

Only seconds later, however, Jese had put Madrid in front.

Alvaro Morata, who had just been called back for offside, this time managed to spring his teammate with a quick pass, and after running onto the ball, Jese was able to roll it past Salvatore Sirigu and inside the far post for the opener.

PSG’s reply came in the form of a series of chances for Ezequiel Lavezzi, but much like his Uruguayan countrymen, the former Napoli attacker was unable to convert any of them.

In the 34th minute, Cavani scuffed yet another chance after some good work from Ibrahimovic, and four minutes later, Madrid youngster Jose Rodriguez rang his shot off the upright.

Both managers made a handful of changes at the break, and with the substitutions, the match lost some of its flow in the second half.

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Jese Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring the team's fifth goal during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between Real Madrid CF and Al-Sadd at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 22, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by
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Karim Benzema, who had been introduced at the interval, quite nearly doubled Madrid’s lead when he hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort in the 51st minute, and the end-to-end pattern of the contest continued when Thiago Motta headed what should have been a sure goal over the net following a corner just seven minutes later.

Adrien Rabiot and Jeremy Menez also wasted splendid opportunities as the period came to a close, and at the final whistle, PSG will have surely expected a better result given their chances and the general balance of play.

 

Key Player Grades

Jese Rodriguez: A

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo b
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He played only the first 45 minutes in Doha, but he nevertheless had time to exhibit both an eye for goal and keen understanding with fellow attacker Morata. Jese has scored twice in nine Primera Division appearances for Madrid so far this season, and given his development—and that of Morata—the future looks bright for Los Blancos.

 

Edinson Cavani: C

Paris Saint-Germain Player Ratings
PlayerRating
Sirigu8
Van der Wiel7
T.Silva8
Alex8
Digne8
Verratti8
Motta7
Matuidi8
Cavani5
Ibrahimovic6
Lavezzi6
Substitutions
Camara5
Menez5
Maxwell6
Pastore5
Coman5
Lucas7
Marqhinos6
Ongenda5
Rabiot6
BR UK

He could hardly have been more wasteful on this night. Against Real Madrid, he displayed none of the finishing ability that has already earned him 12 Ligue 1 goals this term, and he didn’t appear all that impressed when he was withdrawn after 60 minutes.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
PlayerRating
D.Lopez9
Arbeloa7
Jaime8
S.Ramos8
Casado8
Ilarramendi8
X.Alonso8
J.Rodriguez7
Jese9
Ronaldo7
Morata8
Substitutions
Casemiro7
Di Maria7
Isco7
Benzema6
Marcelo8
Modric8
Pepe7
BR UK

 

What’s Next?

PSG will be back in action on Sunday when they visit Brest in the Coupe de France, and they’ll restart their Ligue 1 campaign on January 11 away to Ajaccio. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will host Celta Vigo in La Liga on Monday and will welcome Osasuna to the Bernabeu for a Copa del Rey match on January 9.

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