Zlatan Ibrahimovic Leads PSG To Champions League Quarter Finals vs Chelsea
Veteran superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic led the French champions to eliminate the reigning Premiership winners, Chelsea, from the champions league. PSG defeated the Blues 2-1 at their own den in the return leg of the round of 16 encounter to progress to the round of eight.Advertisement
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted one goal and created the other to trounce Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. PSG won the first leg at home 2-1 and stretched their lead to a 4-2 aggregate win. Laurent Blanc’s men are now in the Champions League quarterfinals for the fourth time in a row. PSG was able to exact their vengeance for the 2014 champions league quarterfinals, when they were knocked out by Chelsea.
PSG drew first blood in the 16th minute when Argentine Di Maria initiated a move and Zlatan essayed a delightful low cross for Adrien Rabiot. Rabiot just tapped it in to give the visitors a 3-1 aggregate lead. Ibrahimovic was sent off in Stamford Bridge one year ago and his big match temperament was under scrutiny once more, according to ABC Net.
Diego Costa netted the equalizer for the hosts 11 minutes later, taking advantage of PSG’s defensive errors. Chelsea also displayed a dazzling mesh of football passing at that spell of the game.
Chelsea’s dream of bouncing back in the second session was buried soon as Di Maria’s center was acrobatically volleyed in by the Swedish maestro Ibrahimovic. Eden Hazard limped off the field minutes later and with that, the hosts’ chances of restoring some pride at home turf by at least settling for a draw also ended.
“They were letting us control the game,” said the 34-year Ibrahimovic, according to IBN Live. “We are happy at the moment, but still not satisfied.” PSG coach Laurent Blanc hailed the Swedish talisman.
“You ask if he is able to reproduce (his domestic form) in the Champions League and he gave you his answer tonight,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc told reporters. “He was able to keep the two opposition center backs occupied.”