UEFA News: PSG downs Chelsea in first leg of Round of 16

UEFA News: PSG downs Chelsea in first leg of Round of 16

Paris Saint-Germain FC did not disappoint its fans as they went on to beat Chelsea FC, 2-1 as a rivalry has been made official in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

With the game tied at 1-1, Paris did not want to leave the game quietly as Edison Cavani, who came off the bench, scored the winning goal in the 78th minute that gave the host team a boost with the much needed win of the season.

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The play saw Angel Di Maria sliding a pass into the box and Cavani gets away from Branislav Ivanovic and landed the goal pass Thibaut Courtois.

With the goal the whole Parc des Princes erupted in joy after getting the upperhand in the first round of the competition. Paris coach Laurent Blanc’s substitution made a positive result with the home town fans going home with all smiles in their faces.

Chelsea tried their best to send the game into a draw as Pedro Rodriguez fired a wide shot two minutes into stoppage time that missed the target and was the last ditch effort from the Blues side.

In the early goings of the match, Paris was out to make a point and meant business as they showed more aggressiveness in making goal attempts as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a goal in the 39th minute of play from a direct free kick. Ibrahimovic nailed his third competition goal of the season as he kicked off the ball that hot the heel of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and pass Thibaut Courtois to give them an early 1-0 lead in the game.

Chelsea scored their goal in the closing minute of the first half as Mikel found the net. William kicks the ball from the right corner and Diego Costa gets to it ahead of Ibrahimovic and then passing it to Mikel, who took control of the ball for the goal. It was Mikel’s first goal in 14 months.

This Paris-Chelsea rivalry will once again be tested when the second leg of the Round of 16 swings to the British side on March 9 at the Stamford Bridge.

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