PSG reach Champions League quarters after home draw against Valencia

Reuters , Wednesday 6 Mar 2013

Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi salvaged a 1-1 home draw for Paris St Germain who overcame Valencia 3-2 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 18 years on Wednesday

Paris St Germain
Paris St Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi (L) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for the team during their Champions League soccer match against Valencia at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (Photo: Reuters)

After a first half short on entertainment, Valencia made the tie interesting when Brazilian Jonas put the Spaniards ahead with a superb 25-metre strike on 55 minutes.

But Lavezzi hauled Qatar-backed PSG level 11 minutes later, scoring at the second attempt after his initial shot was parried back to him by keeper Vicente Guaita.

The Ligue 1 leaders, who have not lost at their Parc des Princes home in 23 European matches since 2006, last played in the last eight of Europe's premier club competition in 1995 when they reached the semi-finals.

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