Could there be better way to start the ball than to enter the dance by a Merengue? Tonight in the Park, it is by a shock against Real Madrid that PSG will open the 13th campaign of C1 in its history. A tasty poster although it becomes less and less rare and, above all, no longer turns in favor of players in the capital in recent years.
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Between PSG and Real Madrid, it is indeed a story that lasts. A little over 25 years ago these two met for the first time on the European scene. At first, Paris saw life in pink in front of the white house. At the Parc, no one has forgotten the original double-confrontation that saw David Ginola's PSG offer itself the most stunning qualification of its continental epic.
After a 3-1 defeat in Santiago-Bernabeu in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, it's an anthology performance, magnified by Antoine Kombouaré's savior and masterful momentum in time. which, on 18 March 1993, gave PSG, winner 4-1, its first ticket for a European semi-final.
The following year, it was in the 1/4 Cup final that Paris Artur Jorge again waved the Merengue, thanks to the victory won the first leg in Madrid on a goal of "Mister George" Weah (1-1 on return).
21 years without meeting in official match
Paris and Madrid then moved away, lived their lives on their own and spent 21 years without meeting each other in an official match. Their reunion, in 2015, gave a new twist to their history, Paris having never managed to bring down the great of Spain.
After a sad division of points (0-0) in the Park in October 2015 in the group stage, the PSG even lost in each confrontation. First fifteen days later, on a gag goal of Nacho against Kevin Trapp, without impact on qualifying in 1/8 round.
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Then in 1 / 8th finals in 2018. Victim of a radiant Marcelo, Neymar had then lost his duel at a distance with Ronaldo, author of a doubled, on the way to Bernabeu stadium (3-1). Wounded on his return, he was as helpless as Kylian Mbappé and his family, witnessing another success in Madrid (1-2).