Real Madrid edge out PSG in Qatar friendly

Real Madrid took advantage of a wasteful Paris Saint-Germain side to record a 1-0 friendly win in Qatar ahead of the resumption of the European season this weekend.

Doha: Real Madrid defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in a prestige friendly played under pouring rain in Doha on Thursday.

The only goal of the match was scored by 20-year-old Jese Rodriguez after 19 minutes in front of an enthusiastic crowd favouring the Spanish giants despite the Qatari-ownership of Ligue 1 leaders PSG.

A lively first half produced plenty of open football and good scoring chances but it was Real who struck first.

A defence-splitting pass from Alvaro Morata allowed Rodriguez to get behind the PSG back four and the young striker made no mistake as he slotted the ball past Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. The under-21 international, who made his debut under former coach Jose Mourinho in 2011, has seen his first-team chances limited but took his opportunity with aplomb under the wet Doha conditions.

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