PSG 3 Chelsea 1 - player ratings: Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Eden Hazard come close to the superb Ezequiel Lavezzi?
All the player ratings from the Champions League quarter-final first leg
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Thursday 03 April 2014
An inspired Paris Saint-Germain performance gave the French champions a two goal advantage to take to Stamford Bridge next week and left Chelsea with it a mountain to climb if they are to be in the draw for the semi-finals.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be PSG's superstar but it was another of their quality attacking threats, Ezequiel Lavezzi, who broke the deadlock with a superb swivel and strike past Petr Cech.
For the second, Lavezzi was involved again, curling in a terrific free kick that Chelsea failed to deal with and left David Luiz to bundle the ball into his own net.
Substitute Javier Pastore tricked his way into the Chelsea box and fired home to give PSG their third and, perhaps, vital goal late on.
Jose Mourinho went with no recognised striker in his starting line up and with Andre Schurrle playing in the 'false nine' position instead. Eden Hazard drew the Blues level from the penalty spot and could have given them the lead when he struck the post from an acute angle before half time.
So, on an entertaining night in the French capital, who were the stand-out players and who was found wanting?
Check out the gallery below for all the ratings...
Latest in Sport
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Manchester United sign former Manchester City prospect Sadiq El Fitouri on advice from Phil Neville and Paul Scholes
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account