CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – QF 1st LEG: PSG put three past Chelsea

Paris Saint-Germain are in a strong position in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea.

Paris Saint-Germain are in a strong position in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea.

The French champions produced a 3-1 victory over the Blues at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday night to give themselves a nice buffer heading into the return leg at Stamford Bridge next week.

Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for PSG in just the fourth minute when he rifled a well-taken half-volley in off the underside of the crossbar after John Terry failed to properly clear Blaise Matuidi’s leftwing cross.

Just before the half-hour mark, however, Chelsea struck back when Thiago Silva felled Oscar with a clumsy challenge in the area which allowed Eden Hazard to step up and convert past Salvatore Sirigu from the spot.

Moments after the hour, Chelsea conceded in calamitous fashion when Lavezzi whipped in a dead ball from the left flank which evaded the pack before hitting David Luiz – who had given the initial free-kick away – and bobbling in past a hapless Petr Cech.

A major moment occurred about five minutes after that goal when PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic fell to the ground clutching the back of his leg. The injury forced him off the pitch and has cast plenty of doubt over him getting up for the return bout in London.

Nevertheless, Laurent Blanc’s side managed a third goal when Javier Pastore produced a dazzling solo effort in injury-time. The Argentine took possession near the corner before dodging the tackling efforts of Cesar Azpilicueta and Frank Lampard – in his 100th Champions League outing – before firing past Cech from a tight angle.

The late goal gives PSG a nice advantage ahead of Tuesday’s next clash but Jose Mourinho’s outfit does have an away goal to work with as they look to emulate the feats of Roberto Di Matteo’s Champions League-winning side of 2011/12.

2013/14 UEFA Champions League – quarter-final first leg

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 3 (Ezequiel Lavezzi 4’, David Luiz (og) 61’, Javier Pastore 90+3’)
Chelsea (ENG): 1 (Eden Hazard (p) 27’)
Parc des Princes, Paris, France – 45,517

 
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