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UEFA Champions League

Late Silva Goal Downs Chelsea

UEFA Champions League

Round of 16

Full Time:  Chelsea 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain (PSG progress on the away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline)

Date: 11 March 2015

Venue: Stamford Bridge

A goal in the 114th minute from Thiago Silva saw a ten-man Paris Saint-Germain earn a place in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after playing to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea in a second leg, round of 16 match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

PSG progressed into the next round of the Champions League on the away goals rule after the aggregate scoreline finished 3-3 following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in France.

The first 45 produced very little in terms of goalmouth action as both teams defended stoutly which resulted in clear cut chances on goal being virtually non-existent.

The first half hour of the game was a little boring to be honest, but it sprang into life in the 32nd minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Oscar.

Replays suggested that the sending off for the PSG man was a little harsh.

Nonetheless, Chelsea took advantage and had the first decent shot on goal in the 42nd minute, but Oscar saw his stinging 22-yard effort well-saved by the keeper.

A minute later Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty when Diego Costa was pulled down inside the box by Edinson Cavani, but the referee waved away the appeals.

The half ended 0-0.

Despite being a man down PSG started the second half the better of the two teams and came close to opening the scoring in the 53rd minute when Maxwell drove into the box from the left, but saw his shot from 14-yards out strike the side-netting.

Five minutes later Cavani broke behind the Chelsea defence and round the keeper, but struck his shot against the woodwork from an acute angle on the left.

In the 70th minute PSG came close again to scoring when Javier Pastore saw his 14-yard shot brilliantly saved by the fingertips of the Chelsea goalkeeper.

Ten minutes later, though, and Chelsea did take the lead on the night after a goalmouth scramble following a corner-kick saw Gary Cahill drive the ball home from 14-yards out, 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate).

PSG tried to find their way back into the game, and did so in the 86th minute when David Luiz headed home a corner-kick in empathic fashion, 1-1 (2-2 on aggregate).

The 90 minutes ended 1-1 on the night, 2-2 on aggregate and entered an additional 30 minutes of extra-time.

Chelsea pressed hard in the first 15 minutes of extra-time and were rewarded for their efforts six minutes in when Thiago Silva handled the ball inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Eden Hazard stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate).

Neither side could add to the scoreline before the end of the first interval of extra-time.

PSG threw numbers forward in the final 15 minutes and a goal from Silva in the 114th minute after heading home a corner-kick handed the French team the draw, 2-2 (3-3 on aggregate), and a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule.


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