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How Real Madrid and PSG lined up for the last time the two faced off in the 2019 Champions League before the knockout match

REAL MADRID takes on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on tonight.

This is the first time the two giants of European football have faced off in the competition since 2019.

In 2019-20, they were pitted against each other in the group stage.

PSG crushed Real 3-0 in their first game thanks to two Angel Di Maria goals and a late Thomas Meunier strike.

But back at the Bernabeu on November 26, Zinedine Zidane’s men seemed to have exact revenge for a 2-0 lead thanks to a Karim Benzema brace after 10 minutes of play.

However, a dramatic eventual comeback saw Kylian Mbappe and former Madrid player Pablo Sarabia score twice in three minutes for PSG to earn the French team a 2-2 draw.

They continued to win Group A and reached the final while Real were eliminated by Manchester City in the round of 16.

And even though the game took place last season, there were some changes from the current roster.

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The centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have both continued, with Ramos of course to face his old side.

Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo completed five players in 2019 and could all re-appear this time around.

And the midfield trio of Casemiro, Fede Valverde and Toni Kroos could once again be identical with Karim Benzema leading the way.

However, although Eden Hazard and Isco remain at the club, they are unlikely to be in the starting XI with Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio and even Gareth Bale in contention.

As for the visitors, former Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was between the sticks behind four men: Meunier, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe and Juan Bernat.

Idrissa Gueye, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti completed the midfield trio with Di Maria and Mbappe are on either side of Mauro Icardi up front.

Neymar came on from the bench for Thomas Tuchel’s side, as did goalscorers Sarabia and Julian Draxler.

Bale, Rodrygo and Luka Modric were substituted by Zidane.

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Both sides have ambitions to go on and win the Champions League this season.

Because held tonight at the Parc des Princesit will mark a first European title but the Spaniard will claim a record-spanning 14th crown.

PSG now there are the likes of Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gini Wijnaldum and Lionel Messi in their ranks and Mauricio Pochettino in the dig.

Real Coach Carlo Ancelotti can now call up Eduardo Camavinga and David Alaba.

Karim Benzema scores twice to give Real a 2-0 lead at the Bernabeu

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Karim Benzema scores twice to give Real a 2-0 lead at the BernabeuCredit: Getty
Pablo Sarabia was devastated by Marquinhos and Neymar after his impressive equalizer

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Pablo Sarabia was devastated by Marquinhos and Neymar after his impressive equalizerCredit: Getty
Sergio Ramos transferred the Spanish capital to the French last summer

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Sergio Ramos transferred the Spanish capital to the French last summerCredit: Mega Dealer

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