Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid failed to produce a breakthrough as both the teams struggled to make an impact at the Parc des Princes.
With this draw, both the sides remain unbeaten in Champions League Group A. It was a disappointing night for respective club record scorers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. They will have another opportunity to make it to the score sheet when the sides meet again in two weeks time at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Neither team deserved to take all three points on a night of few chances in the French capital. Real Madrid forward Jese had the best opportunity of the first half but the Spaniard’s close-range shot was well saved by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
The Portuguese forward Ronaldo tested Trapp in the first quarter of the game with a number of efforts. Three-time Ballon d’Or winner saw his header inches away from the target after the interval, displaying disappointment in the high intensity game.
On the other side of the park, the Ligue 1 champions came close to scoring when Uruguay international Edinson Cavani toe-poked Thiago Motta’s cross early in the second half.
Real Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez was proud of his players, particularly for keeping a clean sheet. The Spanish giants are yet to concede a goal in this year’s championship thanks to goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who recorded five straight clean sheets in the beginning of the season. The away side went into the contest without injured Pepe, Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez.
Both side settled for a point apiece that keeps them at the top of the standings ahead of return meeting in a fortnight’s time. PSG manager Laurent Blanc was left unsatisfied with a goalless draw as he have high hopes of going all the way in the Champions League this season and winning the competition for the first time.
In Group A, Swedish champions Malmo registered their first victory in this season’s competition thanks to forward Markus Rosenberg’s 17th-minute goal against Shakhtar Donetsk. IMAGE/telegraph