Real Madrid has secured a spot in the next round of the Champions League after beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 on Tuesday.
Nacho Fernandez became the hero for Madrid as he scored the lone goal of the game in the 35th minute, just minutes after replacing an injured Marcelo in the lineup.
Manager Rafa Benitez was pleased with the win and securing a spot in the knockout stage of the tournament.
“This game makes the first leg much more important,” Benitez told realmadrid.com after the win. “Getting a result as we did and winning here against a great side shows that we are getting there, we have qualified. We were able to stick in there and in the second half we had various counterattacks to try and get another goal. The value of this win is increased by the quality of the opponents we faced”.
“I felt more positive about the second half, where he had more control. We defended better and we had more counterattacks. In the first half we lacked possession but we were playing against a great side. Getting players back from injury will be a breath of fresh air and will provide quality that will be noticeable because we now have players that have accumulated a lot of games”.
Real Madrid tops Group A on 10 points, three ahead of PSG and seven points ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo FF. The Merengues has been impressive in the opening four games and has a +7 goal difference.