Paris Saint-Germain Eliminates Chelsea

A headed goal from Thiago Silva helped Paris Saint-Germain eliminate Chelsea after securing a dramatic 2-2 (3 – 3 on aggregate) draw in the Uefa Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.  The result means PSG advance to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule.  The visitors started brightly and nearly took the lead inside two minutes but Edinson Cavani flicked a horrible effort over the bar after some tidy work from Marco Verrati.

The Blues struggled to click into gear in the opening exchanges and Les Parisiens were in control and looking dangerous but then in the 31st minute disaster struck for Laurent Blanc’s team as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a reckless challenge on Oscar.  The away side was not happy with the decision but they had no choice but to soldier on without their talismanic striker.  No real further chances followed and the sides went into the break without a goal between them.

The visitors had the better chances but Jose Mourinho’s men still had that all important away goal.  The second half began with a substitution for the home side as Willian came on to replace Oscar.  Despite their man advantage the home side struggled to break their opponents down and the the home crowd was nervous.  After 58 minutes Cavani nearly silenced the Stamford Bridge faithful but his shot cannoned off the post.

The Uruguay international did well to round home keeper Thibaut Courtois but ultimately it was another missed chance for Blanc’s boys.  A man down and two big chances missed, it did not appear like it was going to be the away side’s day.  Gary Cahill looked to have put the final nail in the coffin when he scored in the 81st minute but five minutes later former Chelsea defender David Luiz headed home an equaliser and sent the game into extra time.

Mourinho’s men were awarded a controversial penalty in the 96th minute.  Eden Hazard stepped up and coolly converted but in the 114th minute Thiago Silva rose majestically to head home an equaliser that silenced the home supporters and sent the French club through to the quarter finals.