JUST minutes earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo rose amidst the haze from the Paris Saint-Germain flares, and headed a gilt-edged header wide.
The Real Madrid star had excitedly spent the first-half surging down the flanks in glimpses of days gone by before taking a more central role as a focal point in the second period, then missed that second-half chance – but, this is his stage. He wouldn’t miss again.
And with a UEFA Champions League final eight spot ready to seal, it should come as no surprise that he made amends for his miss with a prodigious leap and finish to kill off Paris Saint-Germain.
Gareth Bale was not picked, and this was a clear demonstration why: the work down the left flank by Marco Asensio flustered Dani Alves, and then the ball from Lucas Vazquez was simply irresistible. It was begging for Ronaldo to thump it home.