PSG v Bayer Leverkusen: Champions League match preview
A look ahead to Wednesday night’s Champions League second leg tie at Parc de Princes
Wednesday 12 March 2014
Paris St- Germain have all but sealed their place in the last eight of the competition after a 4-0 rout against German outfit Bayer Leverkusen. Goals from midfield stalwart, Blaise Matuidi, a first Champions League goal for his new club from Yohan Cabaye and a brace from Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured Laurent Blanc’s side were one step further into the next stage of the competition.
Ibrahimovic’s double also moved him one place behind Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in this year's Champions League top scorers chart with 10 goals. The flamboyant striker is also top scorer in French Ligue 1 with 26 goals under his belt, nine clear of teammate Edinson Cavani. As well as succeeding in Europe, PSG also boast a sublime run of form in the league. Unbeaten in their last 10 matches, conceding just six goals in the process, PSG are eight points clear of second place AS Monaco with 10 games to go.
Meanwhile the same can’t be said for Bayer Leverkusen. Former Liverpool centre half, Sami Hyypia, now in charge at the BayArena, is now 90 minutes away from a humiliating exit from the Champions League, which he famously won with the Merseysiders in 2005 against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Leverkusen’s league form is less to be desired, winless in their last four and having won just three of their last 10 games. They currently sit third in the German Bundesliga, four points behind second place Borussia Dortmund and 24 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. On the back of this, Leverkusen will just be playing for pride in France, and security on a top four finish in their respective league will be their main objective.
Bayer Leverkusen 0 PSG 4 (Matudi, Ibrahimovic 2, Cabaye)
In six of PSG’s last seven Champions League games, there have been over 2 goals.
PSG are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 Champions League games.
30 year old striker, Stefan Klebling is Leverkusen’s leading scorer with 10 goals this season.
Midfielder Simon Rolfes is Leverkusen’s leading scoere in the Champions League this year with three goals.
Bayer Leverkusen- 8/1
PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder strike against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena in the first leg is one of the goals of this year competition that has caught everyone’s eye. The Swede’s second of the night was picture perfect after his left footed volley hit the top right hand corner of the net to make it 3-0 before half time.
LIVE ON TV:
Sky Sports 4, 7:45pm. Highlights Sky Sports 1 Thursday 12:15am.
Latest in Sport
Juventus vs Real Madrid - Champions League LIVE! Latest score and updates from semi-final first leg
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1 player ratings: Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata on target - but who scored highest?
Gareth Bale performance slammed by Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Lee Dixon: 'His team-mates can't be happy'
David Beckham reveals secret of his success: I 'stayed in to watch Match of the Day' rather than go out with friends on a Saturday night
Two new members of Floyd Mayweather's The Money Team blag their way into entourage to celebrate to celebrate with Justin Bieber
- 1 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 2 Pub landlord captures moment customer falls over on CCTV – just like Del Boy did on Only Fools and Horses
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show