Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Marcelo fit for PSG but Zidane unsure on Kroos and Modric

Marcelo fit for PSG but Zidane unsure on Kroos and Modric

Real Madrid defender Marcelo returned to training on Thursday to give Zinedine Zidane a major boost ahead of the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain next week. Zidane, however, may still be concerned by his team's inability to keep a clean sheet, as they have managed just one in their last 11 games in all competitions. "We will have three days of good mood in the squad". Ronaldo took 286 matches to "officially" reach the landmark, which is the quickest on record - even faster than a certain Lionel Messi.

The opening stages proved to be a quiet affair, with the game's first chance arriving after 19 minutes when Angel forced Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas into a low save.

The loss on Tuesday leaves the Blancos with 51 points from 26 matches, seven behind second-place Atletico Madrid and 14 fewer than leaders Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting line-up after being rested in the shock defeat to Espanyol on Tuesday.

And the breakthrough had more than a hint of fortune about it, as Isco rose to meet Karim Benzema's looping cross and appeared to nudge it towards Bale with his arm, before the Wales star drilled low past Emiliano Martinez.

The referee was quick to point to the spot, but replays showed it had actually been a fine saving tackle, just touching the ball first. Villarreal lost its second straight game.

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El Gato have an impressive defense which has let in only twenty-two goals this campaign, the third best behind Barca and Atleti. "We'll have to see on Sunday if they do [train]".

Deportivo remained second-to-last in the standings, inside the relegation zone.

Neither side could find another goal in the closing stages of the second half as Los Blancos ran out convincing winners on the night.

The kick off time for the match is 8:45pm Nigeria time.

Sevilla won a second straight match when it defeated visiting Athletic Bilbao 2-0.

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