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B. Ivanović
Yellow Card
G. van der Wiel
B. Matuidi
B. Matuidi
Yellow Card
E. Cavani
Á. Di María
J. Pastore
Lucas Moura
Oscar
E. Hazard
Z. Ibrahimović
Goal
Á. Di María
Assist
B. Traoré
Diego Costa
J. Obi Mikel
Yellow Card
Fàbregas
Yellow Card
T. Motta
Yellow Card
A. Rabiot
Yellow Card
Diego Costa
Goal
Willian
Assist
Z. Ibrahimović
Assist
A. Rabiot
Goal
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3
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
3
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 5
Total Passes 437 760

Commentary

A smattering of half-hearted applause rings round Stamford Bridge as the players make their way off the pitch, and for the second time in a row Chelsea have been knocked out of the Champions League by PSG. It was a determined performance from the hosts for the opening 67 minutes, but after Ibrahimovic scored the Parisian's second goal and gave the Blues a mountain to climb the intensity went out of their game and they struggled to find any joy when pushing forward. From then on it was incredibly easy for their opponents, who sat deep and comfortably defended a well-deserved that was made possible thanks to two wonderfully worked goals, with the aforementioned Swedish striker playing an important role in both.
FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-2 PSG (AGG 2-4)
It's all Chelsea at the moment, but all they can do is patiently pass the ball around inside the PSG half of the pitch as they wait for the referee to blow his whistle for the final time. It's been a tough night for the Blues, and their opponents are now just seconds away from reaching the quarter-finals, and deservedly so.
B. Ivanović
Yellow Card
Chelsea
Willian is pushed to the ground by Luiz, resulting in a free-kick for Chelsea in a dangerous position on the right wing. The Brazilian swings a cross into the PSG penalty area, but as soon as it's met by a white shirt the referee blows his whistle and awards a free-kick to the visitors for a hefty push off the ball by Ivanovic on Motta.
The PSG fans are thoroughly enjoying themselves as they watch their side dominate possession inside the Chelsea half of the pitch. They look in no rush to push forward but are doing well to keep the ball away from the hosts, who, understandably, are showing little fight as the game enters the final few minutes. They just haven't looked the same after going behind for the second time, and since then the pace of the game has slowed down considerably.
G. van der Wiel
B. Matuidi
PSG
PSG have made their final substitution, and unsurprisingly it's a defensive one, with Matuidi making way for Van der Wiel.
B. Matuidi
Yellow Card
PSG
Matuidi has his pocket picked in the middle of the pitch and immediately gets his own back on Oscar by cynically dragging the Brazilian to the ground, resulting in him being shown a late yellow card.
Traore picks up the ball just outside of the PSG penalty area and twists and turns as he tries to find a way past the visitors' defenders. The Parisians have every available body back inside their own half of the pitch, however, and as a result it's making life incredibly tough for the hosts, who can't seem to find much joy when pushing forward. The young striker eventually decides to unleash a curling strike from 25 yards out, but it's comfortably saved by Trapp in the middle of the goal.
Sloppy defending by Chelsea results in them losing the ball, and Pastore quickly pokes a pass through the hosts' back line and into the path of Cavani. The striker flies towards the edge of the penalty area and tries to beat Courtois with a chipped shot, but it's saved by the goalkeeper before the linesman's flag is raised for offside.
E. Cavani
Á. Di María
PSG
PSG have made their second change of the night, with Di Maria making way for Cavani.
The ball pinballs around the edge of the PSG penalty area as Chelsea try, and fail, to find a way past the sea of white shirts camped in front of them. Unable to penetrate the penalty area, Pedro eventually decides to unleash an audacious strike from 25 yards out, but it's completely overhit and sails comfortably wide of the goal.
PSG almost make it 3-1! Maxwell finds himself in acres of space down the left flank, and he flies forward on a great run after beating Azpilicueta with far too much ease. He then crosses a lovely ball towards the edge of the six-yard box, where it finds Ibrahimovic, but the striker's poked shot, which takes a deflection off the outstretched leg of Ivanovic, isn't powerful enough to beat Courtois.
J. Pastore
Lucas Moura
PSG
Meanwhile, PSG have made their first alteration of the game, with Lucas making way for Pastore.
Oscar
E. Hazard
Chelsea
To add insult to injury, Hazard now seems to be injured and motions to the dugout as he winces on the edge of the PSG penalty area. He looks to have been struggling with something for most of the second period, and he's eventually replaced by Oscar for the final 13 minutes of the game.
Chelsea work the ball around nicely as they try to carve out a chance on goal down the left flank. Fabregas is finally able to penetrate the penalty area before firing a cross-cum-shot towards goal, but it's sent too near to Trapp and, as a result, the goalkeeper is easily able to deal with the danger at the near post.
The intensity has fully gone out of Chelsea's game, and it's allowing PSG to find an increasing amount of joy when they push forward, even though they're not doing so with as much purpose as they were earlier in the game. Ibrahimovic drops out to the left flank and picks up the ball in plenty of space before firing a low cross into the heart of the penalty area. It finds Di Maria, who immediately sends a cheeky flick towards goal from eight yards out. Courtois is easily able to read the flight of the ball, however, and there isn't enough power on the striker to trouble the Belgian.
PSG lose possession deep inside their own half of the pitch, allowing Chelsea to try and break forward on a determined counter-attack. Traore picks up the ball just outside of the penalty area and spins quickly before trying to play a one-two with Willian, but the Brazilian's pass back is poor and completely misses the striker before finding Matuidi.
Chelsea now need to score at least three more goals if they are to have any chance of reaching the next round of the competition, but that goal of PSG's seems to have knocked the confidence out of the hosts. Their pressing was causing the visitors plenty of problems in the first half but they aren't pressurising their opponents with any intensity at the moment, which is making life incredibly easy for the Parisians.
Z. Ibrahimović
Goal
PSG
GOAL! PSG have scored, and that's surely the winner! A misplaced pass from Di Maria misses Matuidi and seems to result in the breakdown of an attacking move, but the ball ends up finding Motta. The Italian then pokes a beautiful pass past both Azpilicueta and Fabregas and into the path of the Argentine winger, who darts down the left flank before firing a low cross towards the back post. It meets Ibrahimovic, who, like Rabiot for his side's opener, is easily able to tap the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Á. Di María
Assist
PSG
Assist Ángel Fabián di María Hernández
Two great opportunities for Chelsea! Hazard cuts inside from the left wing and picks out Willian in space on the edge of the PSG penalty area, and the Brazilian quickly skips past Motta before unleashing a rocket of a strike that Trapp does wonderfully well to push away. The ball bounces back to the Belgian attacking midfielder, however, but his quick strike is also stopped by the German goalkeeper.
Chelsea work the ball from the left flank to the right as they try to find a way past the line of white shirts camped in front of them. Azpilicueta eventually picks up possession in space on the right wing before trying to send a thumping low cross into the penalty area, but Di Maria gets a foot on the attempted pass to deflect it into the hands of Trapp at the near post.
What a chance for Ibrahimovic! Rabiot charges through a sea of blue shirts before chipping a lovely pass into the path of the Swedish striker. He meets the ball on the edge of the penalty area and penetrates it before heading towards the near post, but a heavy final touch allows Courtois to get a foot on the ball to poke it out for a corner.
B. Traoré
Diego Costa
Chelsea
Costa receives a standing ovation from the home fans as he gingerly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Traore. What an opportunity this is for the youngster!
This looks to be a huge blow for Chelsea, as Costa has gone down off the ball inside the PSG half of the pitch and looks to have picked up a nasty-looking muscle injury. As soon as play stopped he signalled to the dugout to indicate that he needed to be substituted, and it looks as if his game is over.
Lovely play by PSG! The visitors run rings around the Chelsea defence as they quickly move the ball around on the edge of the penalty area. Di Maria and Ibrahimovic link up wonderfully well before the latter tees up Maxwell, who is in acres of space on the left wing. The full-back cuts towards the box before chipping a cross towards the back post, but Courtois is there to cut out the danger.
Azpilicueta picks up the ball on the halfway line and immediately sends an excellent pass into the feet of Hazard. The Belgian then pulls off a lovely flick to tee up Costa on the edge of the PSG penalty area, but the striker is slightly offside and he's flagged offside just as he sends a chippy chip over the head of Trapp and into the back of the net.
The resulting set-piece free-kick is initially dealt with well by Chelsea, but PSG come back once again after quickly winning back possession. Rabiot picks up the ball just outside of the penalty area on the right wing and curls a lovely ball towards the back post, but, not for the first time this evening, Ibrahimovic strays offside and the linesman's flag is quickly raised as a result.
J. Obi Mikel
Yellow Card
Chelsea
PSG quickly break forward on a brilliant counter-attack, with Lucas using his searing pace to fly towards the Chelsea penalty area. He cuts inside and beats Cahill but is cynically tripped over by Mikel, who takes one for the team and is shown a yellow card as a result.
Chelsea scream for a free-kick, but nothing is given! Poor play by Maxwell gifts the ball to the hosts, who quickly break down the right flank through Pedro before working the ball over to Willian on the edge of the penalty area. The Brazilian immediately goes down under a challenge from Matuidi, but the referee waves away the hosts' protestations and allows play to go on, much to the annoyance of the Blues.
Fantastic run by Willian! The Brazilian charges down the left wing and beats Marquinhos with ease before cutting into the PSG penalty area. He then cuts the ball back to Costa, whose first-time shot deflects off the leg of Luiz and into the path of Azpilicueta. The right-back then tries to test Trapp with a thumping strike, but Maxwell is there to throw his body in the way to stop it from doing so.
Luiz chips a lofted pass down the left flank, where it finds Maxwell. The Brazilian skips past Pedro easily before trying to take on Azpilicueta on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area, but the Spaniard comes out on top and dispossesses the left-back before poking the ball out for a throw-in.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
What an excellent first half that was, and it's one that sets us up for what is sure to be an even better second period! A great start by PSG resulted in them scoring a vital away goal with just 16 minutes on the clock, but Chelsea, who have looked excellent every time they push forward, fought back valiantly and equalised through Costa, meaning that they are now just one goal away from taking the game to extra-time. Both sides have had their fair share of nervy moments at the back, but since scoring it's the Blues who look to stronger of the two. Their early frailties have largely disappeared, allowing their front line to enjoy themselves when breaking away quickly. The visitors' sloppiness on the ball hasn't helped them, and that is something that they will have to quickly rectify if they are to avoid falling behind after the break.
HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Great defending by Marquinhos! Costa receives the ball in a pocket of space just outside of the PSG penalty area and immediately tests Trapp with a lovely low shot. The goalkeeper does well to keep out the Spaniard's effort but can only parry it into the path of Pedro, but just as the attacking midfielder is about to tap the ball into the back of the net from close range the Brazilian right-back dives in to poke it out for a corner.
Fàbregas
Yellow Card
Chelsea
Motta and Fabregas clash in the middle of the pitch as they battle for the ball, and despite both players raising their boots high, the referee decides to show the Spaniard a yellow card instead of giving the PSG midfielder his marching orders.
Once again, sloppy play by PSG results in them losing the ball in a dangerous position. This time it's Lucas who is caught sleeping when in possession, allowing Chelsea to fly forward on another quick counter-attack. Costa charges towards the edge of the box before trying to tee up Pedro, but he holds on to the ball for far too long and ends up losing out to Silva at the last moment.
Almost a costly mistake by PSG! The visitors are being far too casual when in possession inside their own half of the pitch, and they're constantly having their pockets picked due to Chelsea's high pressing. After losing the ball Hazard breaks towards the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a curling shot, but Trapp does well to read the flight of the strike before comfortably saving it at the far post.
T. Motta
Yellow Card
PSG
A half-hearted PSG attacking move breaks down and Chelsea immediately try to break away on a quick counter-attack. Fabregas immediately flies through the middle of the pitch on a great run but is cynically brought crashing to the ground by Motta, who becomes the second player to receive a yellow card.
Great chance for Fabregas! Willian, who has arguably been Chelsea's best player thus far, darts down the right wing on another great run before cutting the ball back to Pedro. He controls it well before teeing up his fellow Spaniard, who takes a quick touch before unleashing a curling low shot that beats the outstretched arm of Trapp before flying several yards wide of the far post.
PSG patiently pass the ball around the edge of the Chelsea penalty area as they try to find a way through the wall of blue shirts camped in front of them. The ball eventually drops to Ibrahimovic on the left-hand side of the box, and he takes a quick touch to beat Azpilicueta to before firing a low cross towards Di Maria. It's poorly hit, however, and is easily cut out by Cahill before it can find the Argentine.
Bar Ibrahimovic's chance a few minutes ago, Chelsea have looked far more comfortable than they did in the early exchanges of the game. They are now largely on the front foot and are working the ball around wonderfully inside the visitors' half of the pitch, which is resulting in them being presented with several good opportunities on goal.
A. Rabiot
Yellow Card
PSG
Costa breaks down the left flank and goes one-on-one with Rabiot, but the Frenchman ends up halting the striker's run with a cynical tackle and ends up receiving the first yellow card of the game as a result. The resulting free-kick is curled by Willian into the heart of the box, but it's sent too near to Trapp and, as a result, the goalkeeper is easily able to cut out the danger.
Opportunity for Ibrahimovic! Lucas sprints down the right flank and skips past Ivanovic on the byline before chipping a lovely cross into the middle of the Chelsea penalty area. It finds the Swedish striker, who easily rises high above Azpilicueta before sending a bullet header towards goal, but it's comfortably stopped by Courtois, who does well to get his body behind it.
Almost another great opportunity for Costa! Once again, Willian and the striker link up brilliantly on the edge of the PSG penalty area. The Brazilian uses his quick feet to skip past two defenders before poking a deft pass towards the Spaniard, but once again Silva is there to cut out the danger at the vital moment.
Once again, Chelsea's crisp and fast passing deep inside the PSG half of the pitch causes problems for the visitors' defence. Hazard, who has started the game well, darts towards the right-hand side of the penalty area before firing a low cross into the middle of the box, but Silva is just about able to get a toe on the ball to stop it from doing so.
Diego Costa
Goal
Chelsea
GOAL! Chelsea are back in the game! Willian and Pedro link up wonderfully well outside of the PSG penalty area as they work the ball around quickly between themselves. The Brazilian then tees up Costa, who takes on Silva and skips past the centre-back far too easily before slotting an excellent shot past the outstretched limbs of Trapp and into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Willian
Assist
Chelsea
Assist Willian Borges Da Silva
Willian picks up the ball near the halfway line and immediately embarks on a great run down the right wing. He then cuts inside before trying to send a low cross over to Costa, but just as it's about to meet the Spanish striker it's cut out by a vital interception by Silva in the heart of the penalty area.
After holding on to possession for what feels like an age, Di Maria eventually tries to chip a deep cross over to Ibrahimovic at the back post, but the Argentine's attempted pass is poorly hit and misses the striker before flying into the hands of Courtois.
After a nervy few moments, PSG are back in control as they patiently pass the ball around in the middle of the pitch. With a two-goal lead under their belts, they look in no rush to push forward, and their aim for the moment seems to be to keep the ball as far away from the determined hosts as possible.
Chance for Costa! Chelsea come back once again and work the ball around quickly as they dart down the left flank. Hazard then chips a dangerous cross into the penalty area, but it's well dealt with by PSG. The ball finds Ivanovic, however, and the defender sends a huge header flying over the visitors' defence and into the path of the Spanish striker. He's totally unmarked inside the box, but just as he sends a chipped shot over Trapp the linesman's flag is raised for offside.
Hazard picks up the ball in the middle of the pitch and quickly darts forward before sending the ball out to Pedro on the right wing. The Spaniard cuts inside before trying to fire a cross towards Costa, but it's well cut out by Maxwell. The ball bounces back to the Belgian midfielder, however, and he spins past Luiz with ease before firing a low shot that once again, PSG's Brazilian left-back is able to block at the vital moment.
Z. Ibrahimović
Assist
PSG
Ibrahimovic did wonderfully well to set up Rabiot with a perfect pass, but he really should have been closed down by the Chelsea defence, who were at sixes and sevens. Kenedy had pushed up too far and, as a result, was outside of the penalty area when the striker made contact with the ball, whilst Cahill didn't know where to go and, as a result, marked nobody.
A. Rabiot
Goal
PSG
GOAL! PSG have taken the lead! Di Maria is left in far too much space just outside of the Chelsea penalty area, allowing him to dart forward under very little pressure. He then pokes a lovely pass into the right-hand side of the box, where it finds Ibrahimovic, and the striker also finds himself in so much room due to poor defending from the hosts. He takes a quick touch before firing a low cross towards the far post, where Rabiot beats Azpilicueta before tapping the ball into the back of the net from close range.
And now PSG are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position deep inside the Chelsea half of the pitch after Ivanovic brings Ibrahimovic crashing to the ground with a poorly-timed challenge from behind. It's taken quickly before Di Maria flings a deflected cross over to the Swedish striker at the far post, but once again he slightly mistimes his run forward and is flagged offside as soon as his first-time half-volley is saved by Courtois.
Pedro spins past Matuidi with a lovely turn before trying to head down the right flank, but the Spaniard ends up getting dragged to the ground by the PSG midfielder, resulting in a free-kick for Chelsea in a dangerous position. Willian curls a beautiful cross into the middle of the box, but there are no blue shirts there to meet it and, as a result, it's comfortably dealt with by Rabiot.
Ibrahimovic muscles his way into the Chelsea penalty area before firing a shot, but it takes a deflection off Azpilicueta that sends the ball bouncing out for a corner. The set-piece is flung towards the penalty spot, but it's well cut out by Cahill before Pedro thumps a clearance up towards the halfway line. The hosts try to kick-start a quick counter-attack but Kenedy ends up losing possession before he can tee up Costa.
After a few minutes on the back foot, Hazard breaks down the left wing as he tries to latch on to a loose pass forward. He's unable to find a way past Silva, however, and the Brazilian centre-back does well to out-muscle the Belgian before shepherding the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
Ibrahimovic scores, but it's offside! The resulting set-piece is curled into the heart of the penalty area, where Chelsea are just about able to deal with the initial danger. The ball comes back into the box, however, before Motta nods it down into the path of the Swedish striker. He quickly rounds Courtois before poking a close-range strike into the back of the net, but as soon as he makes contact with the ball the linesman's flag is raised, much to the delight, and relief, of the home fans.
What a vital stop by Ivanovic! Lucas flies through the middle of the pitch on an excellent run before poking a beautiful pass through the Chelsea defence and into the path of Di Maria. The Argentine beats Kenedy with ease before slotting a side-footed shot past the outstretched foot of Courtois, but the Serbian defender is there to clear the ball out for a corner before it can find the back of the net.
After finally clearing the ball up towards the halfway line, PSG embark on their first attacking move of the game that sees them pass the ball around deep inside the Chelsea half of the pitch. A cross is then curled into the box but it's easily dealt with by Cahill before Mikel tries to kick-start a counter-attack.
Great chance for Costa! PSG try to play out from the back, but they're sloppy on the ball and a poor pass from Rabiot flies straight into the feet of Willian just outside of the visitors' box. The Brazilian quickly sends it over to Costa, who skips past Luiz and unleashes a thumping shot from the edge of the penalty area that Trapp does well to push away with a strong diving save.
Pedro immediately finds space on the right flank and flies down the wing on a marauding run. He then cuts inside before attempting to tee up Costa, but the striker's first touch is poor and sends the ball straight into the feet of Luiz, who is easily able to deal with the danger just outside of the PSG penalty area.
And we're off! Chelsea get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has made five alterations to the side that featured in the goalless draw with Montpellier, with Gregory van der Wiel, Presnel Kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku, Benjamin Stambouli and Edinson Cavani making way for Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, respectively.
Guus Hiddink has decided to make four changes to the Chelsea side that drew 1-1 with Stoke on the weekend, with Kenedy, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Diego Costa coming into the starting line-up to replace Baba Rahman, Nemanja Matic, Oscar and Bertrand Traore, all of whom drop to the substitutes’ bench.
Paris Saint-Germain substitutes: Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Kurzawa, Stambouli, Pastore, Augustin, Cavani.
Paris Saint-Germain XI (4-3-3): Trapp; Marquinhos, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell; Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas.
Chelsea substitutes: Begovic, Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Remy.
Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up evening…
Like today's hosts, PSG also had to settle for a draw in their most recent league game, although that came largely as a result of Laurent Blanc’s decision to rest several of his key players in preparation for tonight’s clash. Despite the French club currently sitting 23 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table, things haven’t been entirely smooth sailing for Les Rouge et Bleu, who suffered their first league defeat of the season (and their first in all competitions since narrowly losing to Real Madrid in November) when they were beaten by Lyon one and a half weeks ago. As a result, Chelsea head into tonight’s clash knowing all too well that their visitors are far from invincible, and they will be hoping to take advantage of that fact with a strong performance against a side that no doubt will have been mentally affected by the end of their excellent unbeaten run. They will also have to do without Marco Verratti, the talented Italian who has been a constant figure in their midfield this season but failed a late fitness test and will miss out as a result.
Chelsea head into tonight’s big clash in good form and full of confidence after extending their Premier League unbeaten run on the weekend. Whilst they were unable to pick up their fourth consecutive domestic victory due to a late Mame Biram Diouf equaliser, the Blues nonetheless are now unbeaten in their last 13 league games, a truly remarkable turnaround and a far cry from the poor form that characterised the first half of the season - and ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job. However, they were dealt a big blow in the run-up to this evening’s encounter, as captain John Terry, who initially thought that he would be able to feature tonight, announced on Instagram that he is still suffering with a hamstring problem that has seen him miss his side’s previous five games. However, Guus Hiddink is able to welcome back Spanish duo Pedro and Diego Costa, the latter of whom missed last Saturday’s draw with Stoke City due to a minor tendon problem but is available for selection once again. He will no doubt play an important role as his side desperately try to continue their European adventure with a win against their high-flying opponents.
Tonight marks the sixth time in three years that Chelsea and PSG have had to do battle in the Champions League, and like the other five occasions, this evening’s game is set to be an action-packed one. Once again, very little separates the two sides heading into the all-important second leg, with the tie narrowly in the visitors’ favour thanks to a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes three weeks ago. However, John Obi Mikel’s vital away goal is one that keeps the reigning Premier League champions firmly in the fight, meaning that a 1-0 victory today will be enough to see them progress to the quarter-finals. Away goals have proven to be the deciding factor in the last two consecutive seasons, with the Blues pulling off a spectacular second-leg comeback in 2014 to make it through to the semi-finals, before a nerve-racking 2-2 draw after extra-time resulted in a win for the Parisians on this very ground almost exactly 12 months ago.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.
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