Result: PSG 3-1 Chelsea. In many ways, a strange game tonight from both sides. The day will be remembered for the unlikely heroes in the form of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Christophe Jallet who were all showing they had points to prove. Chelsea’s second half performance was abysmal, failing to string more than 5 passes together for the majority of the 45.
21:34 GMT: WHAT A GOAL JAVIER PASTORE. He beats three players before finishing up incredibly well through Petr Cech’s legs.
21:27 GMT: A bit of handbags between David Luiz and Edinson Cavani is quickly diffused by Laurent Blanc and the Serbian official gives both a yellow card.
21:25 GMT: Javier Pastore on, Ezequiel Lavezzi off.
21:22 GMT: Thiago Motta the latest player to be booked for PSG for pulling a Chelsea attacker back.
21:21 GMT: Yohan Cabaye has an effort from outside the are but it blazes over. PSG certainly in control in the last 10 minutes or so. Certainly look the more likely side to score.
21:16 GMT: Another casualty for PSG after a scintillating run from Lucas Moura played Edinson Cavani through on goal but the Uruguayan’s touch failed him. Marco Verratti has twisted his ankle and will be replaced by Yohan Cabaye.
21:13 GMT: Frank Lampard comes onto the field for his 100th Champions League appearance. He replaces Oscar, who has been largely invisible this evening.
21:07 GMT: And just like that the game bursts into life. First Hazard goes close but was selfish to shoot and then Ibrahimovic goes down with an injured thigh muscle and Lucas Moura replaces him. Worrying that for Les Parisiens.
GOAL: PSG 2-1 Chelsea. Ezequiel Lavezzi’s free kick delivery was perfect and David Luiz ends up putting the ball in the back of his own net with an attempted clearance. A second half that has otherwise brought very little indeed.
20:59 GMT: Fernando Torres is set to come on shortly for Chelsea.
20:55 GMT: Ezequiel Lavezzi had a free headed chance go onto the roof of the net and Ibrahimovic feels he is fouled minutes later by David Luiz only for the officials to decide that the big Swede committed a foul instead.
20:51 GMT: PSG have responded positively at the start of this second half but are insisting on playing the ball out of their own penalty area.
20:47 GMT: The second half is underway here at the Parc.
20:32 GMT: A rather boring final 15 minutes to finish off a heated half. The referee is struggling to control the game. We have only seen glimpses of the scintillating football that both sides can offer. PSG’s insistence to play from the back has caused them problem after problem, with Marco Verratti being caught out the most this half. The away goal could be crucial of the second half is as cagey as the first was.
HT: PSG 1-1 Chelsea
20:18 GMT: Willian is the latest in the book for Chelsea after holding back PSG defensive midfielder Marco Verratti. There is little contact however.
20:13 GMT: GOAL: PSG 1-1 Chelsea (Hazard pen.) Thiago Silva hacks down Oscar although the contact is limited and the Chelsea player has arguably lost control of the ball but undeservedly so, Chelsea have a precious away goal.
20:10 GMT: Chelsea are having more possession but still little to no luck interns of creating chances. They have been limited to shooting from the outside of the area.
20:05 GMT: Former Chelsea player Alex is reprimanded with a yellow card for hacking down Ramires as he tried to fashion a counterattack.
20:01 GMT: A rather scrappy period of the game thus far, not what you’d expect from either PSG or Chelsea.
19:58 GMT: Ramires is shown the first yellow card of the evening for a cynical challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi.
19:56 GMT: Chelsea looking quite shocked as they try and settle into their rhythm. A series of free kicks and corners have calmed them down somewhat with PSG’s inability to clear the ball as they instead try to play themselves out of danger.
19:50 GMT: GOAL: PSG 1-0 Chelsea (Lavezzi) what a fantastic goal from Lavezzi after the initial ball in from Matuidi is cleared poorly by Cahill and the Argentine hits a wonderful half volley to take the lead!
19:46 GMT: PSG start the game well, good combination play between Ibrahimovic and Verratti but the chance leads to nothing.
19:45 GMT: We will be underway immediately.
19:40 GMT: Just five minutes to go until we get underway here in Paris!
19:36 GMT: Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘These will be two finals. The future is at PSG.’
19:34 GMT: Hearing that Jamie Carragher has said the fact that PSG play in ‘one of the weaker European leagues’ and that is going to be a disadvantage. Have to agree with both of those claims. What are your thoughts about how this leg will go? Put your predictions in the comments below.
19:28 GMT: Parc des Princes is filling up nicely with just 15 minutes to go here. Sell out crowd.
19:20 GMT: José Mourinho strolling across the Parc des Princes pitch, something one rarely sees from him. He must be up to something…
19:18 GMT: Reports of violence from supposed Chelsea fans today at the heart of Paris, smashing up shops and cafés. Local police believe that a lot of Chelsea fans have travelled today without a ticket and that this is a worrying situation.
19:10 GMT: José Mourinho: ‘I told him (Zlatan) before he left (Inter Milan) that he shouldn’t and that we were going to win the Champions League. I was right.’
19:08 GMT: The PSG players have come out onto the pitch, seriously loud music blurring out of the speakers at the Parc des Princes. Chelsea yet to come out to warm up.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘If you connect with Mourinho, you have a really special relationship with him.’
José Mourinho: ‘Zlatan is the type of man who doesn’t accept the fact tat he has yet to win the Champions League.’
-Chelsea have played five Champions League game without conceding this season
-Zlatan Ibrahimovic has one goal every sixty minutes in the Champions League this season
-Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to score or assist against a Jose Mourinho managed team in the Champions League
-Laurent Blanc has the highest win rate of any French manager in the Champions League of 67%
-PSG are the only French team to have managed to keep a clean sheet against a Mourinho-managed team in the Champions League
-PSG are unbeaten in their last 28 home matches in European Competitions
A few stats to tide you over with from Opta as we await some action here at the Parc des Princes. The Chelsea goalkeepers have already filtered out and are tentatively warming up.
18:49 GMT: Interestingly, if one looks at each bench, there is a distinct lack of quality among the London side’s substitutes bench while PSG have the likes of Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore that they are able to summon.
18:42 GMT: So a little bit of reaction to those starting lineups then. Most notable tactical surprise is the prospect of Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle playing up front, with manager Jose Mourinho not feeling that Fernando Torres is up for the task this evening. I must say, that is a huge kick in the teeth for the Spaniard, who must surely been on his way out come summertime.
The PSG team is as expected, with Gregory van der Wiel failing a late fitness test yesterday. Chelsea’s greatest joy should be found down that left hand flank with the Hazard-Jallet duel. Cavani will play on the right-hand side of Ibrahimovic with Lavezzi down the left. This season’s tried and tested 4-3-3 is the formation that manager Laurent Blanc sticks with.
As for Chelsea, David Luiz joins Ramires at the heart of the midfield, dispelling some rumours that Frank Lampard would start alongside the former Brazilian instead.
18:40 GMT: Good evening and a warm welcome to tonight’s Football News coverage of PSG’s hotly awaited quarter final clash with Chelsea FC. Without further ado, the teams:
Chelsea XI vs PSG: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Schurrle.
Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Ake, Mikel, Lampard, Ba, Torres
PSG XI vs Chelsea: Sirigu, Jallet, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Verratti, Lavezzi, Cavani, Ibrahimović.
Subs: Douchez, Marquinhos, Digne, Cabaye, Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas Moura.