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PSG through after Valencia scare

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Draw enough for Paris Saint-Germain to win 3-2 on aggregate

The wait is overFor the first time since 1995, PSG will be locking horns with Europe’s elite in the Champions League quarter-finals. Given the ambitions of the French capital side’s mega-rich Qatari owners, failing to make it through would have been nothing short of a disaster, especially given the way they played for most of the first leg.Photo: ap
The wait is overFor the first time since 1995, PSG will be locking horns with Europe’s elite in the Champions League quarter-finals. Given the ambitions of the French capital side’s mega-rich Qatari owners, failing to make it through would have been nothing short of a disaster, especially given the way they played for most of the first leg.Photo: ap

Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Parc des Princes allowed them to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

They had to survive something of a scare, however, with Jonas putting the visitors in front on the night 10 minutes into the second half.

Valencia had looked very much out of this last-16 tie when they were 2-0 down going into the final minute of the first leg last month, but after pulling a late goal back there, Jonas’ strike left them needing just one more to complete a turnaround.

Alas, it was not to be, as Ezequiel Lavezzi – who also scored at the Mestalla – levelled on the night in the 66th minute and PSG held out to secure their place in the last eight for the first time since 1995.

Just as in the first leg, Ancelotti’s side seemed happy for Valencia to have most of the possession, but they lacked the same punch on the breakaway this time and almost paid dearly for inviting Valencia on to them.

While PSG were struggling to find any rhythm, Valencia could not seriously trouble them despite all their possession.

Jonas, however, struck soon after the restart, his powerful effort from 20 yards surprising Sirigu at his near post and a tie that had appeared to be limping towards a tame stalemate had come to life. Their lead lasted only ten minutes, as Lavezzi then converted at the second attempt after Vicente Guaita had blocked his initial effort.

It was Lavezzi’s fifth goal in the Champions League this season, confirming that PSG do not rely solely on Ibrahimovic to score when it really matters.AFP

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Jonas 55’

Ezequiel Lavezzi 66’


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