FT: PSG 1-0 Real Madrid; Late strike from Mbappe gives Les Parisiens the edge as Messi MISSES Penalty; Sporting 0-5 Man City; Bernardo brace plus Sterling, Foden & Mahrez efforts help Cityzens THRASH their hosts; Manchester United 2-0 Brighton; Second half belter from Ronaldo and late Fernandes strike earn the Red Devils three crucial points

That’s all we have for you on our coverage of tonight’s UEFA Champions League matches between PSG vs Real Madrid and Sporting CP against Manchester City plus the Premier League fixture involving Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion. Pretty sure you took in all the drama and excitement as much as we did, see you again tomorrow night. Bye from all of us at Apex Football!

It’s all over at Old Trafford and the Portuguese connection does it again. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes efforts help the Red Devils claim a much-needed win as they chase a Top Four place in the Premier League. As usual, United goalkeeper David de Gea was instrumental with some crucial saves during the encounter.

FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

90+7′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes makes the points safe for United as he scores deep in injury time.

GOOAAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion (B. Fernandes)

Manchester City have laid down a marker in their quest to win a maiden UCL title. Pep Guardiola’s side are surely through to the quarter-finals barring any unforeseen collapse in the second leg at the Etihad.

FULL-TIME AT THE JOSE ALVALADE STADIUM: Sporting CP 0-5 Manchester City

Drama at the end as Kylian Mbappe gives PSG a deserved victory at the Parc des Princes over Real Madrid. Los Blancos will be heartbroken at conceding so late in the game but take nothing away from a fine performance from Les Parisiens, who deserved the win tonight. The tie is still very much open as we head to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid for the return leg.

FULL-TIME AT PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 1-0 Real Madrid

90+4′ MIN: The hosts have nicked it surely now! Brazilian forward and substitute Neymar’s intelligent flick gave the Frenchman space on the left, before he slalomed between Eder Militao and Lucas Vazquez and finished superbly.

GOOAAALLLLL!!! PSG 1-0 Real Madrid (K. Mbappe)

54′ MIN: After a consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Lewis Dunk is given his marching orders by centre ref Peter Bankes.

RED CARD!!! For Brighton and Hove Albion

51′ MIN: The hosts break the deadlock! Cristiano Ronaldo weaves his way past opponents, and unleashes a magnificent effort from the edge of the box inside the right post.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion (C. Ronaldo)

58′ MIN: More misery are being piled on the hosts! Raheem Sterling scores as he latches on to a pass and unleashes a perfect strike from the edge of the box that goes past the Sporting CP goalkeeper and into the top right corner of the goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Sporting Lisbon 0-5 Manchester City (R. Sterling)

61′ MIN: Lionel Messi steps up to the penalty spot. He attempts to confuse the goalkeeper by stopping in the middle of his run up and sends the ball to the bottom right corner, but Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois keeps his cool to thwart him. The ball goes out of play and PSG are awarded a corner kick.

PENALTY MISSED!!!

PENALTY!!! To PSG

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE JOSE ALVALADE STADIUM: Sporting CP 0-4 Manchester City

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 0-0 Real Madrid

HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

HALF-TIME AT THE JOSE ALVALADE STADIUM: Sporting CP 0-4 Manchester City

HALF-TIME AT PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 0-0 Real Madrid

44′ MIN: Raheem Sterling plays the ball to Bernardo Silva whose deflected shot from inside the box goes past the helpless Antonio Adan. Surely game over and tie decided!!!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Sporting CP 0-4 Manchester City (B. Silva)

32′ MIN: This is beginning to turn ugly for the hosts! Phil Foden pounces on a loose ball inside the box and beats the goalkeeper with a shot inside the right post.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Sporting CP 0-3 Manchester City (P. Foden)

18′ MIN: The Cityzens now have a firm grip on this tie! A corner-kick comes through and Rodri flicks it with his head to Bernardo Silva who makes no mistake and fires the ball into the back of the net.

GOOAAALLL!!! Sporting CP 0-2 Manchester City (B. Silva)

KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

9′ MIN: Riyad Mahrez receives a killer pass from Kevin de Bruyne, finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and coolly sends the ball into the back of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Sporting CP 0-1 Manchester City (R. Mahrez)

KICK-OFF AT THE JOSE ALVALADE STADIUM: Sporting CP 0-0 Manchester City

KICK-OFF AT PARC DES PRINCES: PSG 0-0 Real Madrid

Brighton coach Graham Potter has named his side set to face the Red Devils.

United boss Ralf Rangnick has named Brazilian midfielder Fred in his starting line-up, while Paul Pogba is among the substitutes. Cristiano Ronaldo starts as well as Victor Lindelof who has replaced Raphael Varane, who pulled out of the clash due to illness.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has named influential Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne in his starting XI, while record-signing Jack Grealish is unavailable.

Sporting CP’s squad set to take on Manchester City.

As for Los Blancos, they will be boosted by the presence of French hitman Karim Benzema who has shrugged off injury concerns to make it into the starting line-up. As expected, Vini Junior and Marco Asensio will be his partners in a three-man pronged attack.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has fielded a star-studded XI without Brazilian forward Neymar. Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria and Lionel Messi will lead the line for the hosts. The most notable absentee is Spanish defender Sergio Ramos who is out of tonight’s clash due to injury.

Elsewhere, there is the small matter of a Premier League clash between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils look to put an end to their run of underwhelming and inconsistent results of late.

Tonight’s fixture schedule will see Sporting Lisbon take on Premier League defending champions and current table toppers Manchester City, while the marquee clash will see French giants Paris Saint Germain welcome all-time record winners Real Madrid at the Parc de Princes.

A fabulous evening to you esteemed fans! You are welcome to an exciting night of premium football coverage from us at Apex Football. Finally, after a waiting period of about two months, it is the return of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, following the conclusion of the group phase last December.

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