REPORT: UEFA Champions League Last-16 Second leg (Wednesday, 9 Mar 2016)

By Prince Dulzy

Chelsea failed to overturn a 2-1 deficit at Stamford Bridge when they played against Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of round of 16 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The man Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in imperious form to end Chelsea’s Champions League campaign, as the striker helped Paris Saint-Germain seal a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge which made it 4-2 on aggregate to the Ligue 1 side.

The Sweden superstar created the opening goal for Adrien Rabiot and, after half-time, he scored for a fourth consecutive Champions League match to secure a repeat of the first-leg scoreline in Paris.

Chelsea missed captain John Terry through injury and new signing Pato could also not feature for the blues. Baba Rahman was also on the bench as Guus Hiddink decided to select the attack-minded Kenedy at full-back which continued to afford PSG opportunities down the Chelsea left, with Ibrahimovic powering a header from Lucas’ cross into Thibaut Courtois’ arms.

Diego Costa’s excellent display for the host was cut short, with what appears to be a leg injury, with in-form youngster Bertrand Traore taking his place.

With the premier league almost impossible for Chelsea to defend, the FA Cup remains the only competition which gives the blues a bit hope of avoiding a trophy-less season.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Gaitan and Talisca struck late as Benfica came from behind to beat Zenit 2-1 and clinch a Champions League quarter-final spot on Wednesday.

Zenit appeared to have done enough to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and force extra time at the Petrovsky Stadium when Hulk headed in Yuri Zhirkov’s cross in the second half.

However, with the clock winding down, Raul Jimenez tried his luck with an unlikely half-volley from long range that Yuri Lodygin could only parry and Gaitan was on hand to nod in the rebound.

Wednesday 9/03/2016

Full-time scores:

Zenit 1-2 Benfica

Chelsea 1-2 PSG

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