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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Ro16 2nd LEG: PSG shrug off Ibrahimovic absence to eliminate Valencia

Paris Saint-Germain have edged Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes tonight.

The French giants took a 2-1 away lead into their home leg but found themselves a goal down on the night early in the second half which really gave Los Che plenty of hope.

However, without the influence of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was suspended from the first bout, Carlo Ancelotti's men rallied to move through to the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate after Ezequiel Lavezzi added to his goal at the Mestalla three weeks ago.

The first half was a very caqey affair with neither side really prepared to reveal their cards but things opened up in the second especially when Ernesto Valverde's Valencia struck ten minutes in through Jonas who fired a 25-yard bullet past Salvatore Sirigu after PSG's Blaise Matuidi had been dispossessed in midfield.

Just ask things were ramping up for the Spaniards, Lavezzi put a dampener on a potential fightback when he followed up his initial effort which had been kept out by Vicente Guaita to slot home from close range after some good lead-up work from substitute Kevin Gameiro.

Valencia pushed and prodded for a second goal on the night, which would have tied the two-legged series at 3-3, but PSG managed to hold out for a slender victory which sees them into the final eight of Europe's premier club competition.

2012/13 UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 second leg

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 1 (Ezequiel Lavezzi 66') Valencia (SPN): 1 (Jonas 55') *PSG wins 3-2 on aggregate

Parc des Princes, Paris - 44,867

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