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    "title": "Big Match Feature: Real v PSG",
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    "body": "Two of Europe's big guns come face to face at the Santiago Bernab\u00e9u in the round of 16 as Real Madrid CF's bid to\r\nwin three Uefa Champions League titles in a row comes under threat from Paris Saint-Germain.\r\n<p>\r\n\r\n\r\nMadrid finished second to Tottenham Hotspur FC in Group H \u2013 the second year running they have been runners-up\r\nin their section \u2013 while Paris won their first five Group B games to top the standings ahead of FC Bayern M\u00fcnchen.\r\n<p>\r\n\r\n<p>\r\nHowever, while the Spanish side have got to the semifinals or better in each of the last seven seasons, Paris will need no reminding of their remarkable exit at this stage at the hands of FC Barcelona 12 months ago \u2013 their most recent tie against Spanish opponents.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Previous meetings<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe teams last met in the 2015\/16 group stage, when a 0-0 draw in Paris preceded a 1-0 Real Madrid win in Spain,<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nNacho scoring the only goal in the 35th minute having come on only two minutes earlier. That helped the Merengues to finish first in the section, three points ahead of their French rivals.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 The line-ups at the Santiago Bernab\u00e9u on 3 November 2015 were:<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMadrid: Navas, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo (Nacho 33), Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Jes\u00e9 (V\u00e1zquez 63), Ronaldo, Isco (Kovacic 82).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nParis: Trapp, Aurier, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell, Verratti (Rabiot 17), Motta, Matuidi (Lucas 75), Di Mar\u00eda, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris knocked Madrid out of Europe two years in a row: in the 1992\/93 Uefa Cup quarterfinals (1-3 a, 4-1 h), and in the 1993\/94 European Cup Winners' Cup quarterfinals (1-0 a, 1-1 h).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 On 3 March 1994 George Weah scored in the first half to win the first leg for Artur Jorge's Paris against Vicente del Bosque's Madrid, the Spanish side's sole home defeat against a French club.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 The line-ups at the Santiago Bernab\u00e9u were:<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Madrid:<\/b> Buyo, Chendo, Goicoechea, Alkorta, Sanch\u00eds (Morales 56), Ramis, Luis Enrique, M\u00edchel, Zamorano (Mu\u00f1oz<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n85), Milla, Dubovsk\u00fd (Prosinecki 88).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>Paris: <\/b>Lama, Sassus, Colleter, Ricardo, Roche, Llacer, Fournier, Gu\u00e9rin, Weah, Valdo, Ginola.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>MATCH BACKGROUND<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nREAL MADRID<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid are looking to reach the quarterfinals for the eighth successive year. Their round of 16 record is W8 L6; they lost at this stage for six years in a row between 2005 and 2010.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 In the 2016\/17 round of 16, Madrid were 3-1 winners both home and away to SSC Napoli.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 The Merengues have won 33 of their last 39 Uefa Champions League home matches, losing just once \u2013 4-3 to FC Schalke 04 in their 2014\/15 round of 16 second leg, when they still prevailed 5-4 on aggregate.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Zin\u00e9dine Zidane's charges collected seven points at home in this season's competition, beating Apoel 3-0 and Borussia Dortmund 3-2 either side of a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six group games, registering nine goals overall.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid have lost just two of their last 25 European fixtures, most recently the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on matchday four, winning 17 and drawing six.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Those 2015 games against Paris were Madrid's last matches against French opposition. They are unbeaten in their last nine such encounters (W6 D3), going back to a 1-0 loss at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2009\/10 round of 16 first leg (1-2 aggregate). In those wins they scored 15 goals without reply.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid have kept five successive clean sheets against French sides, scoring ten goals (W4 D1).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 That 1994 defeat by Paris is the Merengues' only reverse in their 14 matches at home to Ligue 1 visitors (W10 D3). They have won their last four home matches.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 While Madrid have lost both their two-legged knockout ties with Paris, against French clubs overall their knockout record is W3 L4. Their most recent contests were a 4-1 aggregate victory against Lyon in the 2010\/11 round of 16 (1-1 away, 3-0 home).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Champions of Europe for a 12th time in 2016\/17 \u2013 courtesy of their 4-1 final win against Juventus \u2013 Madrid aim to become the first team since Bayern M\u00fcnchen in 1976 to claim three successive European Champion Clubs' Cups.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAFC Ajax (1971\u201373) and Madrid themselves (1956\u201360) are the only other sides to have won three or more in a row.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nParis<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n7<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nReal Madrid CF - Paris Saint-Germain Wednesday 14 February 2018 - 20.45CET (20.45 local time)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMatch press kit Estadio Santiago Bernab\u00e9u, Madrid<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 This is Paris' sixth successive round of 16 tie \u2013 and also their sixth overall. They won the first four, but exited in dramatic circumstances at this stage 12 months ago.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris were on the wrong end of the biggest comeback in Uefa Champions League history in last term's round of 16.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHaving won 4-0 at home to FC Barcelona, the French outfit succumbed 6-1 in the away leg to bow out \u2013 with Neymar, now of Paris, providing two Bar\u00e7a goals and an assist.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 That was the Parisian side's last trip to Spain, where their record is W4 D2 L7. They have lost on their last four visits: three at Barcelona and that 2015 reverse in Madrid.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Beaten 3-1 by Bayern on matchday six to prevent them winning all six Group B games, Paris nevertheless finished the section with 25 goals, setting a new Uefa Champions League record.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n \u2022 The Parisians have won seven of their last 12 away fixtures in the competition, winning 5-0 at Celtic and 4-0 at Anderlecht this season; they have lost four games in that run. Matchday one was their first clean sheet in seven away matches; they subsequently managed another at Anderlecht.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 The French club's record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides is W5 L3. Those three defeats have come in the three most recent contests, all against Barcelona \u2013 in last season's round of 16 and the quarterfinals of 2015 and 2013.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris have never lost the first leg of a round of 16 tie (W4 D1).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>COACH AND PLAYER LINKS<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Zin\u00e9dine Zidane faced Paris four times as a player for FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Juventus (W2 D1 L1).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Unai Emery twice faced Real Madrid's B team, Castilla, as a CD Toledo player (W2). However as manager of<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAlmer\u00eda, Valencia and Sevilla he has won just five of his 20 games against the Merengues (D1 L14) including a 2-0 defeat in the 2014 Uefa Super Cup with Sevilla FC. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 \u00c1ngel Di Mar\u00eda made 124 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2010 and 2015, scoring 22 goals, and was named man of the match as the Merengues lifted their tenth European title in 2014 with a 4-1 victory over neighbours Club<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAtl\u00e9tico de Madrid. \u2022 Lassana Diarra made 87 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2008 and 2013, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the league title the following season.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Dani Alves was in the Juventus team beaten 4-1 by Madrid in last season's Uefa Champions League final; Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice with Casemiro and Marco Asensio also on target for the Merengues.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Draxler's VfL Wolfsburg beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of the 2015\/16 quarterfinals; he was also in the side that succumbed to a Ronaldo hat-trick in a 3-0 second-leg turnaround in Spain.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Rapha\u00ebl Varane's fifth game in the RC Lens first team was a Coupe de France tie at Paris in January 2011; his side<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nlost 5-1. Varane did help Lens to a 0-0 Ligue 1 draw at the Parc des Princes the following month.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Karim Benzema faced Paris seven times during his time in France with Lyon (W4 D2 L1). He was part of the Lyon<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nteam that beat Paris 1-0 in the Coupe de France final in May 2008.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Marcelo scored Madrid's goal in a 3-1 defeat by Paris in an Ohio friendly in 2016.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Alphonse Areola helped Villarreal CF to a 1-0 Liga win against Madrid in December 2015 during a season-long loan<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nspell at the Yellow Submarine.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>\u2022 INTERNATIONAL TEAM-MATES:<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nCasemiro, Marcelo & Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Neymar (Brazil)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nRapha\u00ebl Varane & Layvin Kurzawa, Adrien Rabiot, Kylian Mbapp\u00e9, Lassana Diarra (France)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nToni Kroos & Kevin Trapp, Julian Draxler (Germany)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>\u2022 HAVE PLAYED TOGETHER:<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nBorja Mayoral & Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg 2016)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nSergio Ramos & Dani Alves (Sevilla FC 2003\u201305)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>\u2022 HAVE PLAYED IN FRANCE:<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nKarim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais 2005\u201309)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nRapha\u00ebl Varane (RC Lens 2010\/11)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>\u2022 HAVE PLAYED IN SPAIN:<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nYuri Berchiche (Real Valladolid CF, 2009\/10, Real Uni\u00f3n 2010\u201312, SD Eibar 2012\u201314, Real Sociedad 2014\u201317), Neymar (FC Barcelona 2013\u201317) , Alphonse Areola (Villarreal CF, 2015\/16) and Dani Alves (Sevilla FC 2002\u201308, FC Barcelona 2008\u201316)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n8 Real Madrid CF - Paris Saint-Germain Wednesday 14 February 2018 - 20.45CET (20.45 local time)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMatch press kit Estadio Santiago Bernab\u00e9u, Madrid Thiago Motta (FC Barcelona 2001\u201307, Club Atl\u00e9tico de Madrid 2007\/08)<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 A Germany team including Trapp, Kroos and Draxler drew 2-2 against France, who fielded Mbapp\u00e9, Rabiot, Varane and substitute Kurzawa, in a friendly on 14 November 2017.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nMatch facts<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>REAL MADRID<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Uefa CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD CHANGES<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nIN: NONE<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOUT: NONE<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 DANI CARVAJAL COMPLETES A TWO-MATCH BAN IN THE FIRST LEG AGAINST PARIS.<\/b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Ronaldo scored nine goals in the group stage \u2013 three more than any other player. He also had 21 shots on target and 18 shots off target, also competition highs.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid have won just four of their eight Liga fixtures since matchday six, losing two, although they were 5-2 winners at home to Real Sociedad de F\u00fatbol on Saturday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Ronaldo got a hat-trick against La Real; he has scored seven goals in his last four Liga appearances, but has only 11 strikes in the league this season.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Zidane's side lifted the Fifa Club World Cup for the second year in a row \u2013 and the third time in four years \u2013 with a 1-0 defeat of Brazil's Gr\u00eamio FBPA on 17 December. Ronaldo scored the winner having also been on target in the 2-1 semifinal win against Al Jazira Club of the UAE.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals, losing on away goals to CD Legan\u00e9s. A 1-0 away win in the first leg preceded a 2-1 home reverse.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Gareth Bale has five goals in his last seven games in all competitions.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Karim Benzema is without a league goal since 25 November.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Madrid have kept only two clean sheets in their last 11 games in all competitions, both in the Copa del Rey. They have conceded at least once in every league game since the 5-0 defeat of Sevilla FC on 9 December.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric were all included in the Uefa.com Fans' Team of the Year 2017.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n<b>PARIS<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n Uefa CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD CHANGES<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nIN: LASSANA DIARRA<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nOUT: R\u00c9MY DESCAMPS, MOUSSA DIABY, ALEC GEORGEN, LUCAS MOURA<?b><\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Edinson Cavani became Paris' record scorer in all competitions with his 157th goal for the club against Montpellier H\u00e9rault SC on 27 January, surpassing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's total of 156.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbapp\u00e9 have scored 16 of Paris' 25 goals in this season's Uefa Champions League.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris have lost only one of their 15 games in all competitions since matchday six, winning the rest; they went down 2-1 at Olympique Lyonnais on 21 January. That was only the Parisians' third reverse of the season in all competitions; they have played 38, winning all but five.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris were 1-0 victors at Toulouse FC on Saturday, Neymar scoring the only goal. The Brazilian has 11 goals in hislast seven appearances in all competition.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Unai Emery's side beat Stade Rennais FC 3-2 in the French League Cup semifinals on 30 January to reach another<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nfinal in the competition. Paris play AS Monaco FC in Bordeaux on 31 March seeking a fifth straight title, and a record eighth League Cup.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris progressed to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 4-1 win away to Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux-Montb\u00e9liard on 6 February, \u00c1ngel Di Mar\u00eda scoring his first hat-trick since registering three in SL Benfica's 4-0 victory at Leix\u00f5es SC in the Portuguese Liga on 27 February 2010. Paris lost goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to a late red card at Sochaux.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 The Parisians take on Olympique de Marseille in the quarterfinals on 27\/28 February.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Paris have now gone four years undefeated in domestic cup competitions, winning 38 games in a row since 22 Jan 2014, when they lost 2-1 at home to Montpellier in the Coupe de France round of 32.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u2022 Dani Alves was included in the Uefa.com Fans' Team of the Year 2017. 9 Real Madrid CF - Paris Saint-Germain Wednesday 14 February 2018 - 20.45CET (20.45 local time)<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Two of Europe's big guns come face to face in the round of 16 as Real Madrid CF's bid to win three Uefa Champions League titles in a row.",
    "date": "2018-02-14T21:25:06",
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