There’s no doubt about it: Paris Saint-Germain have an uphill task to try and come back from a 3-1 first leg defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League (kick-off 2:45 pm ET), and the news that they’ll have do so without Neymar may just have turned that hill into a mountain.

Things started so well at the Bernabeu for the Ligue 1 leaders a matter of weeks ago, with Adrien Rabiot an unlikely first-half scorer, but in truth this tie turned on its head on the stroke of halftime. Giovani Lo Celso naively pulled Toni Kroos back in the box and Cristiano Ronaldo did the rest from the penalty spot.


At 2-1, after the Portuguese talisman had bagged his second, the task was neither straightforward nor daunting for the French outfit ahead of the second leg. However, a lack of concentration saw Marcelo score a late third for the hosts to really put Zinedine Zidane’s men in the driving seat for the second leg.

What does it mean for those of you looking to get a little action down on Tuesday’s match?

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