Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint Germain

9 Mar

Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League last-16 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 second leg defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.

Match Reports: Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint GermainMatch Reports: Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint Germain

The reigning Premier League champions went into the game at Stamford Bridge trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Parc des Princes and were in deeper trouble when Adrien Rabiot put PSG in front early in the first half to subsequently cancel out the Chelsea away goal.

The Blues got back on level terms through Diego Costa and finished the first half the better team, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended their hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals with a second away goal midway through the second half.

Chelsea had the first chance in the third minute when PSG failed to fully clear their lines and Willian played the ball to Costa on the edge of the area but his effort was parried away by Kevin Trapp.

PSG’s first attempt came in the sixth minute when Angel Di Maria was played in down the right by Lucas Moura and, while he slipped his effort past the advancing Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic was on hand to clear away from in front of his own goal.

Within a minute Thiago Motta flicked on a Rabiot ball back into the Chelsea area to Ibrahimovic who was stood in an offside position before he went past Courtois and fired into the empty net.

PSG continued to dominate possession and took the lead in the 16th minute when Di Maria sent Ibrahimovic away down the right and he looked up before putting a cross towards the back post for Rabiot to score from close range.

Chelsea gradually came into the contest and got back on level terms on the night on 27 minutes.

Pedro won the ball off Motta in midfield and found Willian who then picked out the run of Costa just inside the area. The Spain international coolly turned Thiago Silva before finding the bottom corner of Trapp’s net.

Chelsea finished the half strongly and Trapp almost put the ball on a plate for Pedro when he couldn’t hold a Costa strike but PSG cleared their lines through Marquinhos.

Chelsea had the first real attempt of the second half on 65 minutes when Trapp got down well to parry a low strike from Willian before he recovered to deny Eden Hazard with the follow up effort from the left of the area.

Two minutes later PSG scored the killer second away goal when Di Maria got clear down the left and his cross into the middle was met by Ibrahimovic who made no mistake from close range.

That goal killed the contest as Chelsea never looked like getting even one of the three goals required to win the tie in the remainder of the game.


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