UEFA Champions League roundup: PSG, Benfica take leads on Chelsea, Zenit

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Two very different UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first legs were staged on Tuesday in Paris and Lisbon.

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One saw exceptionally physical, fouling soccer punctuated by a stoppage time winner, while another saw a trio of interesting goals send a Premier League side home with the solace of an away goal.

Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 ChelseaRECAP

John Obi Mikel looked to be the goat, before making up for his early gaffe; The needless foul he put on Lucas allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bounce a free kick off him and in, but Mikel found an equalizer within 7 minutes and sent the match to halftime tied at 1.

It turned out Edinson Cavani in the role of super sub would steal the show, starting and capping off a well-worked team goal to send PSG into the second leg with a 2-1 leg. Will Chelsea’s away goal end up the difference come March 9 at Stamford Bridge?

Benfica 1-0 Zenit St. PetersburgRECAP

It’s a long trip from St. Petersburg to Lisbon, and the Russian visitors won’t enjoy knowing they were 60 seconds from emerging from the first leg with a 0-0 draw. Nicolas Gaitan’s late cross was headed home by Brazil’s Jonas, and Benfica has a 1-0 advantage heading to Russia next month.

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