A hugely entertaining first 45 minutes has played out at the Parc des Princes, as Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are tied at 1-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.
Fans in the French capital were really up for this one, and after just four minutes PSG took a deserved lead. Ezequiel Lavezzi capitalized on a poor defensive header from John Terry and half-volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to put Les Parisiens in front. That stunning start energized PSG, with the home fans baying for Chelsea’s blood as the English side were caught cold early on.
However as the first half wore on Chelsea settled down and the West London side drew level in the 27th minute from the penalty spot. Oscar was brought down by Thiago in the box, as the Brazilian defender took down his countryman with a needless lunge in the box. Eden Hazard stepped up and sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way, as Chelsea bagged a valuable away goal.
PSG still looked dangerous, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani causing plenty of problems. Yet it was Chelsea who came closest to going in ahead at the break, as Hazard met Willian’s right-wing cross with a perfectly executed volley across goal but the Belgian’s effort hit the foot of the post and PSG cleared.
Can the French side take the game to Chelsea? Or will Jose Mourinho’s men dig in to take a draw back to Stamford Bridge?