Paris Saint-Germain could have gone through without Ezequiel Lavezzi’s goal, but boy did it help. Ten minutes after Valencia pulled one back, Lavezzi restored PSG’s one-goal lead, pushing his shot past Vicente Guiata to covert the work of substitute Kevin Gameiro.
Before that, Valencia was one goal away from taking the tie. Though they’d only generated one other chance on Salvatore Sirigu, Los Che had controlled possession, and with the ball comes a chance. No matter how much difficulty they’d had breaking down PSG over the leg’s preceding 155 minutes, one moment of creativity (or, as you can tell from the highlights, one errant pass) could give them a vital second road goal.
That never came. Those who dwell on possession will think Valencia were robbed, that Los Che dominated the game and were unlucky not to break through. What we actually saw was one team contend to wait for the game to come to them. Valencia may have had 64 percent of the possession, but each team had five shots on goal. PSG actually had more total shots.
In that way, the second leg played out much like the first. PSG sat back and waited for Valencia to prove they could win. With Valencia scoring only through a stoppage time goal in leg one and a opportunistic shot in leg two, that moment never came. PSG never had to change gears.