Paris Saint-Germain didn’t let their home advantage slip on Tuesday, despite preparations hampered by the Serge Aurier controversy. Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani came off the bench to net the winner to edge past Chelsea 2-1 in Champions League’s round of 16 encounter.
PSG took the lead in the first half through Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s deflected free kick in the 39th minute. But the visitors bounced back at the stroke of half-time.
John Obi Mikel stole a precious away goal making the most of a defensive lapse from a corner to level the scores. Substitute Oscar squandered an opportunity for Chelsea in the second half.
Cavani, a cover for Ibrahimovic in the bench this season, came off to score soon after the Blues wasted an opportunity to go ahead. Angel Di Maria fed the 29-year-old Uruguayan, who steered home from an acute angle in the 78th minute to guide PSG to a home win, reports the Independent. Thibaut Courtois’ late save off Ibrahimovic denied the French League leaders the advantage in the tie.
The highlights of the game are available in this video.
Chelsea hold the advantage by virtue of Mikel’s away goal ahead of the return game on March 9 at Stamford Bridge, according to BBC.
Guus Hiddink tasted defeat for the first time after taking charge at Chelsea as interim manager, but his team is very much in the competition.
A 1-0 win would take the Blues to the quarterfinals.