Paris Saint-Germain is well-positioned for multiple domestic trophies this season, but their European life hangs in the balance. Trailing 3-1 on aggregate heading into the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 fixture against Real Madrid on Tuesday, Unai Emery’s squad is going to need a massive performance to take out the back-to-back defending UCL champs.
In the United States, the match is scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: FS1 is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which is tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live television channels, including FS1. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: FS1 is included in all four of DirecTV Now’s channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: FS1 is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
PSG got off to a great start in this matchup when Adrien Rabiot secured the all-important road goal at the Bernabeu a couple of weeks ago, but Cristiano Ronaldo equalized in the 45th minute, then Ronaldo and Marcelo added late goals to provide Real Madrid a huge advantage heading back to Parc de Princes for this second leg.
Unai Emery’s squad has won all four of its matches by a combined score of 13-2 since that defeat, but a 3-0 win over Marseille came at a price when Neymar suffered a significant foot injury. He recently underwent surgery and will miss the next couple months, making PSG’s uphill climb on Tuesday even more difficult.
Even with the advantage, though, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane isn’t taking anything for granted.
“Starting with the scoreboard in your favour means nothing,” he said. “We must be ready for the unexpected. We’ll have to play a great game for 90 minutes or longer. We are used to the pressure.”
While PSG have a lot of work to do, this isn’t an impossible task. They held their own for most of the first leg, and that was at one of the most difficult places to play in the world. Now they’re back at home, where they have won an amazing 19 consecutive matches by two goals or more, including a 3-0 drubbing of Bayern Munich back in September. Even without Neymar, they have the firepower to get back into this.
That said, Real Madrid is out of Copa del Rey and 15 points behind Barcelona in La Liga. Their season revolves around Champions League, and they’ll be doing everything in their power to advance on Tuesday night.
Put it all together, and this sets up to be a thriller.