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The hilarious Neymar moment that caused a brief stoppage in Real Madrid v PSG

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It was advantage Real Madrid in the battle of the European juggernauts on Wednesday night.

You'll struggle to find a juicier Champions League round of 16 clash than Los Blancos versus Paris Saint-Germain and the pair's first leg certainly lived up to expectations.

PSG showed exactly why they're the competition's favourites early on as Adrien Rabiot gave the French side a first-half lead, only for Cristiano Ronaldo's 'volleyed' penalty to level proceedings.

There's good reason to suggest the visitors stayed on top in the second-half, but you can never write off Zinedine Zidane's men who made the best of their few chances.

Ronaldo bagged his brace with a scrappy finish in the 82nd minute, before Marcelo's deflected strike bamboozled Alphonse Areola and gave Real the 3-1 win.

Neymar's mediocre performance v Real Madrid

Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspects of the game, though, came in the form of Neymar who failed to inspire in a game that pitted him up against Ronaldo.

The Brazilian constantly had the Madrid defence on their toes with his speed and skill yet, alongside Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani, failed to put the game to bed.

Neymar made more headlines for his unsportsmanlike behaviour after the game as opposed to his quality during it.

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Furthermore, the 26-year-old also attracted attention for a rather amusing moment with referee Gianluca Rocchi in the 69th minute which, rather remarkably, even caused a stoppage in play.

Dribbling on the left wing, Neymar attempted a diagonal pass into the final third, only for his drilled attempt to clatter Rocchi right in the face and boy did it hurt.

Hilarious moment with the referee

Check out the funny clip below:

The Champions League ball caught the referee right on the ear, knocked off his headset, caused him to stop the game and required help from Marco Verratti.

Not Neymar's greatest diagonal pass, that's for sure.

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Obviously, Rocchi was fine in the end and the game continued with Neymar's side fading away in the closing minutes that followed. Such was the end-to-end nature of the game, though, that a blockbuster clash at the Parc des Princes is practically guaranteed.

PSG's star man will just have to hope his delivery finds Cavani or Mbappe and not the referee. 

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