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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Ro16 - 2nd LEG: PSG through comfortably at expense of Leverkusen

Paris Saint-Germain are into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Parc des Princes tonight.

The French champions demolished the Germans 4-0 at BayArena last month before edging them at home in the second leg of the Round of 16 to move through to the final eight 6-1 on aggregate.

Sidney Sam hung above his marker to head home Giulio Donati's rightwing cross in the sixth minute to give die Werkself some semblance of hope but soon after, PSG had restored their four-goal advantage.

Yohan Cabaye's 13th-minute outswinging corner found its way to Marquinhos and the Brazilian defender powered home a header to ease the nerves of Laurent Blanc's men.

In the 26th minute, Bayer were awarded a penalty when Eren Derdiyok had his shirt pulled by Christophe Jallet in the area which sent Simon Rolfes up to the spot but Salvatore Sirigu picked the correct way to deny the Leverkusen skipper.

Eight minutes into the second half and the tie was essentially over when Ezequiel Lavezzi struck with a first-time shot from Lucas Digne's low cross from the left.

15 minutes later and Leverkusen's mountain became so much harder to climb when Emre Can was sent off for diving - his second bookable offence - leaving Samy Hyypia's side a man down.

In the end, however, PSG deservedly found their way through to the final eight of the Champions League to join reigning champions Bayern Munich, Spanish giants Barcelona and their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

2013/14 UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 second leg

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 2 (Marquinhos 13', Ezequiel Lavezzi 53') Bayer Leverkusen (GER): 1 (Sidney Sam 6') *PSG wins 6-1 on aggregate Parc des Princes, Paris, France - 45,596

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