Real, PSG cruise to wins
Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain both gained convincing victories on Wednesday in their respective Champions League quarterfinal first leg matches to give themselves the upper hand ahead of next week's second legs.
Real, who have reached the semifinals in the past three seasons, avenged in part last season's semifinals defeat to Borussia Dortmund by beating the German side 3-0 while PSG -- who reached the quarterfinals last term -- saw off 2012 winners Chelsea 3-1.
It was, however, a tale of contrasting fortunes for Real and PSG's leading scorers.
Real's world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo scored their third to equal Barcelona's Lionel Messi (2011/12) and Brazilian Jose Altafini's 'Mazzola', in 1962/63, record haul of 14 goals in a season in the European Cup/Champions League and on his 100th appearance in the competition proper to boot.
For PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though, it was a night to forget on a personal level as he failed to score and then pulled up clutching his right hamstring shortly after the hour mark.
Ronaldo too had to go off early, with pain in a knee -- unlike last Saturday where he was booed by the home crowd for not passing to a team-mate, this time it was to a standing ovation.
Real got off to a dream start as Gareth Bale scored in the third minute for his fifth in the competition this season.
Real added to their lead later in the first-half. Isco, who had come in for the sick Angel di Maria, scoring with a neatly taken shot.
Ronaldo knocked in the third in the 57th minute taking him to 64 in total for the competition, just seven off record holder and former Real darling Raul -- Messi lies second with 67.
PSG too got off to a flying start with the outstanding Ezequiel Lavezzi scoring in the fourth minute with a divine half volley.
However, Chelsea levelled when Eden Hazard stroked home a penalty on the ground where three years ago he secured the Ligue 1 title with Lille.
The hosts, though, restored their one goal lead in the 61st minute as a freekick by Lavezzi caused havoc in the Chelsea defence and David Luiz put the ball into his own net.
Mourinho threw on Frank Lampard for his 100th Champions League appearance but his only real contribution was to be one of the two players fooled by Javier Pastore's trickery in time added on that saw the Argentinian give the hosts their third goal.