Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani ,a late substitute gave Paris St-Germain the advantage after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea, in Paris tonight.
The hosts went ahead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s deflected free-kick, but John Mikel Obi scored a precious away goal, volleying home a deserved equalizer from six yards.
Chelsea’s stout defending had them on course for a draw, before Cavani’s goal from an Angel di Maria’s pass. With the second leg coming up at Stamford Bridge on 9 March, the Blues are still very much in contention thanks to Mikel’s goal and the heroics of Thibaut Courtois who saved late save from Ibrahimovic.
Mikel’s goal was the first PSG had conceded at home in the Champions League this season
This is the third successive season these teams have been drawn against each other. Both previous ties were decided on away goals. A strong Chelsea side progressed in 2014 despite losing the first leg 3-1 in Parc des Princes.
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Chelsea’s midfield duo Fabregas and Mikel, shield the back four in Paris
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Baba Rahman of Chelsea shielding his keeper, Thibaut Courtois from PSG’s Angel Di Maria