There was no immediate reason for the ball lifting up, there was no double touch and there didn't look to be a huge divet in the Bernabeu turf.
However, minutes later Yuri Berchiche found himself in a similar situation after Neymar threaded his pass in the direction of Keylor Navas' goal, although the left-back's service into Edinson Cavani disappointed, affording defensive culprit Nacho Fernandez a sigh of relief as the ball trickled away to safety. It was full of screams and dives and needless flourishes, a mess of individuals in desperate need of structure, self-absorbed and self-indulgent. Three of them featured players looking on in weary horror having failed to take basic action to prevent them. "It has to be that way", he told reporters.
And former Manchester United team-mate Ferdinand has claimed that this is a trick he used to practise in training with Manchester United.
PSG will now have to score at least two goals in Paris and ensure Madrid doesn't score even once to ensure they progress further in the competition.
His two goals turned the tie just as PSG looked like they were edging ahead as the Portuguese attacker deliver a timely reminder that he remains the King of Europe.
Real Madrid'sCristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal during the Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, at Santiago Bernabeu, in Madrid, Spain, on February 14, 2018. Games last 90 minutes and, at home, we wanted to play a good game.
"We made mistakes, [Kylian] Mbappe was called offside and he was not".
Areola guessed right from the spot yet was powerless to prevent Ronaldo's vicious penalty going beyond him to make it 1-1. An actual cannon might have been more involved in general play.
All the rumours backed by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez's claims that he saw Neymar as one of the best players out there and assured that it would be easy for the Brazilian to win the Ballon d'Or in the Spanish capital. "They did that today, but we got a good victory".
As the first-half ticked by the tempo remained intense, however it was not until shortly before the half-hour mark where either side portrayed danger, with Marcelo almost providing the assist of his career.
"We know the Champions League is an important competition for the club, and we want to enjoy what we did tonight, and from tomorrow think of our next game [at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday]".
"After that, we were better with the ball and when we had control we always had the ambition to score a second goal".