Christian Ronaldo was ecstatic that Real Madrid could keep strong and beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Ronaldo, who scored two goals, said it was an important victory.
“We started the match well but then conceded the goal. But this is the Champions League and Real Madrid know from experience that games last 90 minutes and here at home we wanted a good result.”
Not long after PSG’s Adrien Rabiot’s opener, the Portuguese superstar scored his first goal from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, which took him to 100 Champions League goals as a Real Madrid player.
Ronaldo’s second strike came in the 83rd minute before a Marcelo strike ensured the reigning European champions a two-goal advantage ahead of the return leg of their last-16 tie on March 6.
Despite the win, Real’s coach Zinedine Zidane said: “[T]here is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity. We know we are going to suffer."
Real captain Sergio Ramos reiterated the importance of the win and told reporters that Real Madrid “showed lots of personality”.
“[We] proved that despite all the speculation about us you can never presume Madrid are dead,” Ramos added.
PSG coach Unai Emery, however, felt his team played a great game but got a bad result and blamed Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi. “I think we deserved a better result. Everything is decided by small details and I don’t think the referee helped us,” he said adding that his side could still turn the tie around back in Paris.
“We have to be optimistic for the second leg and keep playing how we have been. We have to recover and qualify for the next round,” he said.