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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Ro16 - 2nd LEG: PSG do the job at Chelsea to land quarter-final berth

Paris Saint-Germain have booked their place in the UEFA Champions League's quarter-finals having eliminated Chelsea from the competition.

The French champions arrived at Stamford Bridge holding a 2-1 lead from last month's victory in Paris and managed to conjure the same scoreline in London to advance 4-2 on aggregate.

Adrien Rabiot and Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the goal for Laurent Blanc's PSG who have now broken their England hoodoo with their first-ever win in the country.

The opener came on 16 minutes when Angel Di Maria played a lovely ball through for Ibrahimovic who took possession on the right side of the box before supplying a pinpoint pass for Rabiot to tap home at the back post.

Just over 10 minutes later, the Blues were back on level terms in the return bout when Diego Costa struck on the turn after some brilliant lead-up play from Pedro and Willian which resulted in the Spanish striker turning Thiago Silva and firing beyond Kevin Trapp with his left foot.

Chelsea finished the first half full of running and probably didn't want the whistle to have sounded as they were well on top of the visitors.

Guus Hiddink's side were agonisingly close to getting back on level terms on the hour-mark but PSG had Trapp to thank with the German coming up with a brilliant double save to deny first Willian from 20 yards, and then Eden Hazard's follow-up.

Two minutes later, PSG were back in command when Di Maria was released down the left by Thiago Motta and provided a perfect ball for Ibrahimovic to side-foot volley home, notching his 50th European goal, ultimately sending the Ligue 1 giants through to the final eight of the elite competition.

It spells the end of Chelsea's presence in the competition for this season and next, and they now have only the FA Cup to focus on, as PSG get set for the business end of the Champions League with the March 18 draw next on their agenda.


2015/16 UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 second leg

Chelsea (ENG): 1 (Diego Costa 27')
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 2 (Adrien Rabiot 16', Zlatan Ibrahimovic 67')
*PSG wins 4-2 on aggregate
Stamford Bridge, London, England - 40,000

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