Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his remarkable record of scoring in every Champions League match this campaign as Paris Saint-Germain crashed out to leave Unai Emery on the brink.
The Portuguese ace made it nine goals from nine European games when he headed Real Madrid in front six minutes into the second half.
Paris Saint-Germain’s task of restoring the 3-1 deficit from the first-leg without Neymar was made even harder when Marco Verratti received a second yellow card for dissent.
Edinson Cavani gave them a fighting chance when a loose ball in the box ricocheted off his leg and into the net with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were dashed however when Casemiro’s deflected effort looped over Areola to end the tie and possibly Emery’s job at the French champions.
After splashing out a world record fee on Neymar and signing Kylian Mbappe last summer, Emery’s minimum expectations was to take his side to the semi-finals.
With the Ligue 1 title seemingly wrapped up, the Champions League is the one trophy that the mega-rich side remain desperate to win.
They crashed out of the round of 16 one year ago and spent a fortune to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.
But the experience of Real Madrid, who became the first team last year to win back-to-back Champions League titles proved too much.
And when the stage is set, there is only one man to grab the headlines.
Ronaldo has delivered in every Champions League match this season and he did it again with an unstoppable header at the back post.
Verratti then let his team-mates down with a lack of discipline but PSG were back in it with 10-men when Cavani levelled matters.