Match report: PSG 2 – 1 Chelsea

Match report: PSG 2 – 1 Chelsea

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An exciting Champions League tie between PSG and Chelsea. The game saw both teams attacking well but PSG controlling the game in terms of possession overall. The game finished 2-1 in favour of PSG and a well deserved win for the French side.

The first half saw Chelsea struggle to gain possession in the opening 20 minutes, but then the game seemed to even itself out.

There was plenty of attacking at both ends but with no end results until PSG won a free kick on the edge of the Chelsea 18-yard box in the 38th minute. Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the free kick which he blasted towards goal, the ball took a big deflection off the Chelsea wall and inadvertently sent Thibaut Courtois the wrong way and the ball nestled in the opposite corner.

Chelsea stayed strong and came back at PSG. The London club won a corner in the dying stages of the first half and the ball, whipped in by Willian, found itself at Mikels feet who did well to strike the ball into the PSG goal to equal the scoreline going in at the break.

The second half started in the way that the first half finished, both teams looking forward to attack and take it to the opposition.

Diego Costa latched onto a through ball from Willian in the 49th minute but the one-on-one chance was saved by the keeper.

The first chance for PSG came in the 51st minute as Ibrahimovic strikes the ball from the right side of the area at a tight angle only to be saved by Courtois.

PSG constantly found space as the game went on, passing the ball around an ever tiring Chelsea team. PSG found it very easy to make the pitch as big as possible, forcing Chelsea to chase the ball down with high intensity.

A chance came for Lucas Moura in the 61st minute as the ball got played through and Moura hit the ball hard towards goal but Courtois stood up big and stopped the ball well.

PSG very nearly took the lead again in the 64th minute after a scramble in the box and the ball was fired forward but a number of Chelsea players managed to block and scramble the ball to safety, not for long though as PSG regained possession and attacked the Chelsea defence yet again.

The 66th minute saw Pedro commit a foul with a high foot and get booked. The free kick on the edge of the Chelsea area, taken by Di Maria, forced a good save from Courtois.

A goal from nothing for PSG in the 78th minute. A calm build up from the French side and a fantastic lobbed pass from Di Maria into the path of PSG substitute Edinson Cavani who easily strokes the ball through the legs of Coutois from a tight angle on the right hand side of the box.  A well deserved lead for PSG after a lot of attacking pressure.

A late chance for Ibrahimovic at the back post but Courtois was able to put him off and get the ball clear.

The first leg ends 2-1 and PSG have the lead going into the next leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea struggled in terms of possession and fitness towards the end of the game and PSG managed to make them pay with a goal late in the game to take home the victory.

 

PSG - Trapp, Marquinhos, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Motta, Verratti, Matuidi, Di Maria, Ibrahimovic,  Moura.

Substitutes – SiriguKurzawa, Van der Wiel, Stambouli, Rabiot, Pastore, Cavani.

Manager – Laurent Blanc

 

Chelsea - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Costa.

Substitutes – Begovic, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Traore, Remy.

Manager – Guus Hiddink

 

Yellow cards

PSG – Ibrahimovic, Moura, David Luiz

Chelsea – Mikel, Pedro

 

Referee – Carlos Velasco (Spain)

 

Venue – Parc Des Princes, Paris, France.