PSG does the impossible in Champions League
Getting a result against Chelsea at Stamford bridge is task that is almost next to impossible but with only 10 men for the majority of the game this was a gutsy performance from PSG along with a uncharacteristically poor performance from Chelsea.
There wouldn’t have been a better way to exact revenge for their quarter-final exit against Chelsea last season.
It was an ugly game filled with fouls and several unwanted off the ball incidents. The biggest talking point came in the 31st minute when PSG’s target man Zlatan Ibrahimovic was send off for a 50-50 tackle on Chelsea player Oscar.
To be perfectly honest it should never have been a red card. A yellow card – yes! but both Oscar and Zlatan were equally going for the ball and Oscar himself had his studs up. The theatrics of Oscar worked (Should get an Oscar) and the referee after being hounded by almost all the Chelsea players showed the Swedish striker a red card.
The way in which the Chelsea players forced the referee into giving a red card was an absolute disgrace. In the pre-match conference Mourinho had referred PSG as a team with no ethics that plays dirty to win and these comments might have influenced the referee Bjorn Kuipers to the decision.
Even after PSG were down to 10 men Chelsea were happy to sit back on their away goal and see the match through. After the sending off the game was interrupted multiple times by unnecessary fouls and complaining to the referee which the PSG players themselves were also guilty of doing.
Nontheless, we had predicted this result following Chelsea´s apparent weakness against top level teams. PSG is a better armed team for the Champions and that is why we chose to Bet on PSG to win vs Chelsea before the match.
PSG were lucky themselves, they got away twice once when Luis appeared to have elbowed Chelsea striker Costa which went unnoticed, and the second when Costa was tripped in the penalty area by Cavani only for the Spanish striker’s cries for a penalty to be turned down.
Costa himself could have been send-off after he nearly flattened Thiago Silva but was only shown a yellow card and to be honest if, Zlatan’s challenge was red card this one was too.
Chelsea finally took the lead in the 81st minute through a Gary Cahill after he struck home a Diego Costa shot gone wrong. Chelsea’s lead wouldn’t last for long though as PSG quickly responded back by equalizing in the 86th minute through a towering header from former Chelsea man David Luiz (It had to be him).
The game headed into extra time and within six minutes all the hard work done by PSG seemed to be in vain after Chelsea were awarded a penalty after PSG captain Thiago Silva was guilty of handling the ball during a aerial battle with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.
Eden Hazard safely tucked home the penalty and Chelsea looked set for a another quarterfinal berth but with 7 minutes of extra time left to play Silva redeemed himself by scoring the equalizer and thereby the winning goal of through a well directed header from a corner.
PSG were the better team over the two legs and deservedly went through and the loss might have taken a huge toll on Mourinho’s ego. There exit means there are only two English teams left in the competition both of whom are dangerously close to getting eliminated from the competition.
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