RELIVE: PSG vs. Chelsea (UEFA Champions League)

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

Ahram Online provided a live coverage for Tuesday's clash between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League 16th round

Live: PSG vs. Chelsea
PSG's Marco Verratti, left, and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas battle for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Full time: PSG 1-1 Chelsea


The referee blows his final whistle, Chelsea will be favourites to advance when they host PSG in the second leg at Stamford Bridge 

90+2 Courtois produces another stunning face to thwart PSG!! Ibra's downward header is brilliantly tipped over by the impressive Belgian custodian.

90' A Pastore cross goes out. He has barely made an impact following his introduction. 

88' Two minutes remaining before the end. Chelsea are holding firm. 

84' PSG pile on pressure in the dying minutes to notch what would be a precious winner. 

83' Chelsea make their second substitution. Fabregas, who was disappointing tonight, makes way for creative midfielder Oscar. 

81' PSG make their first substitution. Javier Pastore replaces Lavezzi. 

80' Cavani wastes the chance to put PSG ahead!! He superbly side-steps Matic and sends a low shot from a tight angle that goes just wide from inside the six-yard box! 

79' Chelsea make their first substitution. New arrival Juan Cuadrado replaces Brazilian midfielder Willian. 

78' PSG's lively midfielder Verratti is yellow-carded for a rash challenge on Hazard. 

76' PSG are laying siege to Chelsea's area, moving the ball around and trying to expose any gaps. 

73' Cesc Fabregas receives a yellow card for bringing down Matuidi, who was charging towards the penalty area. 

70' Chelsea will be desperate not to concede again in the remaining 20 minutes. A 1-1 draw away from home will be a satisfying result for them. 

66' PSG go close from the ensuing free-kick!! David Luiz's back-header goes just over the bar. 

65' Chelsea full-back Ivanovic is booked for hauling down Cavani after the latter gets the better of him on PSG's left flank. 

63' Chelsea remain on the back foot, failing to mount any threats upfront. They also have some defensive gaps which were nowhere to be seen in the first half. 

59' What a chance for PSG!! Ibrahimovic superbly exchanges passes with a teammate on the edge of the area, jinks into the area and skips past his challenger but his effort is blocked by Courtois. The ball falls to Matuidi but his effort strikes a defender with the goal gaping. 

58' PSG are fully in control. Chelsea will be desperate not to concede another goal. 

54' Striker Cavani brings PSG level! He is found unmarked by a neat left-wing cross from Blaise Matuidi to send a header that bounces off the ground and goes into the far corner as Chelsea's central defenders are caught ball-watching. 

Edinson Cavani
PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring his side's first goal (AP)


54' GOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR PSG!!!!

52' PSG full-back Van der Wiel is yellow-carded for a challenge on Eden Hazard. 

52' Chelsea are barely threatened although PSG dominate possession. 

49' A flick by Ibrahimovic is cleared by the Chelsea defence as PSG pour forward en masse. 

47' PSG are mainly relying on Verratti's astute passes to break down the steadfast Chelsea defence, which is looking to hold firm in the second half.

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his half-time whistle 

45' Ibra's ensuing free-kick goes high over the crossbar. 

44' PSG are awared a free-kick on the edge of the area after Verratti is tripped. 

42' Lavezzi tries to penetrate Chelsea's defence down the left but Ivanovic makes a timely interception to clear the ball. 

39' PSG are unlucky to concede though!

36' Chelsea score against the run of play following a move by three defenders! John Terry's cross from the left is brilliantly flicked by Gary Cahill to the lurking Ivanovic, who nips in between two markers to head home and stun the PSG crowd. 
Branislav Ivanovic
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, center (2), scores the opening goal (AP)


36' GOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR CHELSEA!!

34' Courtois produces a stunning one-handed save to thwart a near-post header from Cavani in the ensuing corner. 

33' A Ramires shot is blocked and PSG launch a counter attack. Ibrahimovic feeds the overlapping Lavezzi but his cross is chested into safety by Chelsea's full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

32' Chelsea are well organised, especially at the back.

30' Fabregas floats in a free-kick but PSG's Sirigu palms the ball away. 

27' A superb long pass from Verratti finds Van der Wiel but the latter's poor cross is cleared by the defence. 

25' At the other end, a cross from Eden Hazard is collected by PSG keeper Sirigu.

25' Ibrahimovic initiates a promising move after controlling the ball in midfield but Chelsea's midfield swiftly regains possession. 

23' Despite creating two openings early on, PSG are now finding it difficult to break down a dogged backline. 

20' Ibra's attempted cross from the right hits the side netting. The giant Swede is doing great so far! 

17' PSG forwards and midfielders drift  back quickly once they lose possession. Chelsea's counter-attacking intents are not yet clear! 

15' PSG were the better side in the first quarter of an hour, squandering two clear-cut chances. 

13' Ibrahimovic superbly controls a long ball in the centre of the field before being fouled by Gary Cahill. 

11' Two chances in quick succession for PSG! Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois superbly blocks two close-range headers from Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

7' Willian tries to muscle his way past Edinson Cavani on Chelsea's right flank but the towering striker stops him in his tracks. 

5' Chelsea look composed in the first five minutes. 

3' At the other end, Gregory van der Wiel exchanges passes with a teammate and runs down the right but his inaccurate cross goes out for a goal kick. 

2' A long ball forward from Chelsea goes astray in a calm start to the game.  


PSG starting line-up: Salvatore Sirigu, Gregory van der Wiel, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell, David Luiz, Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani
PSG
PSG


Chelsea's starting line-up: Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa
Chelsea
Chelsea



21:40 Both sides step onto the pitch as the match is about to start.

21:20 Both sides are warming up, less than 30 minutes before kick-off. 

21:15 Reports said Chelsea's bus got into an accident before the game. Coach Jose Mourinho will hope this does not prove ominous if he decides to "park the bus". 

20:45 Around an hour remaining before kick-off. No surprises in the starting line-ups of both sides, with all eyes on star men Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

20:00 Chelsea's Diego Costa said of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "Zlatan is a beast. He is among the best strikers in football history.

19:30 On the other hand, Chelsea will be looking to shackle Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG's prized asset. 
Z. Ibrahimovic
Z. Ibrahimovic


19:00 In-form striker Diego Costa will spearhead Chelsea's attack after sitting out the past three games in domestic competitions because of suspension.
Diego Costa
Diego Costa


18:30 Premier League leaders Chelsea have no major injury concerns before the anticipated clash. 

18:00 Check the Champions League record of PSG ahead of tonight's clash. 
PSG UEFA Champions League stats
PSG UEFA Champions League stats


17:30 PSG's Brazilian defender David Luiz was a Chelsea player when both sides last met, scoring an own goal in the first-leg defeat in Paris. 

17:00 When both sides met at the last-eight stage last season, Chelsea went through on the away-goal rule following 3-3 aggregate draw. PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 at the Parc des Princes before losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. 

16:30 Jose Mourinho, Chelsea's manager, remains wary of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic threat even though he has been far from his best this season, just like PSG

16:00 French club Paris Saint-Germain mocked England's Chelsea with a photo of Queen Elizabeth II wearing the PSG scarf, hours before an anticipated last-16 Champions League showdown

15:00 PSG coach Laurent Blanc later admitted that the quartet were almost certain to miss the rematch with a Chelsea side who won when the clubs clashed in the quarter-finals of the same competition last year

13:45 PSG lost Yohan Cabaye, Marquinhos, Serge Aurier and Lucas to muscle injuries during the last home Ligue 1 game against Caen, that saw them finish with just nine men and draw 2-2 after conceding two late goals

Chelsea
Chelsea's UEFA Champions League stats

13:00 With a shock defeat to third-tier Bradford City last month meaning Jose Mourinho's side were not involved in the fifth round of the FA Cup over the weekend, Chelsea were able to put their feet up and watch Paris endure the worst possible preparations for one of the glamour ties of the round

12:00 Fresh from a rare weekend off, Chelsea recommence their bid for Champions League glory on Tuesday when they face injury-ravaged PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie

 

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:45 Cairo time (19:45 GMT)

 

Venue:Parc des Princes (Paris)

Referee:Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

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