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Saturday 27 December 2014

Paris St-Germain 3 - 1 Chelsea: Mourinho's men lose Champions League quarter-final first leg but secure valuable away goal

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (second right) celebrates scoring their first goal of the game with team-mates Andre Schurrle (right) and Branislav Ivanovic during the Champions League Quarter Final, First Leg match at the Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (second right) celebrates scoring their first goal of the game with team-mates Andre Schurrle (right) and Branislav Ivanovic during the Champions League Quarter Final, First Leg match at the Parc des Princes, Paris, France
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG battles for a header with John Terry (L) and David Luiz (R) of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager hands a water bottle to Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Laurent Blanc the PSG manager looks on during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: David Luiz of Chelsea and Blaise Matuidi of PSG compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 02: Ezequiel Lavezzi of PSG celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have lost their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea's hopes of advancing from the Champions League quarter-finals hung by a thread after Paris St Germain claimed a convincing first leg win at the Parc des Princes.

Eden Hazard's penalty had given the Blues a potentially vital away goal, but Javier Pastore's brilliant stoppage-time solo goal, added to earlier strikes from Ezequiel Lavezzi and a David Luiz own goal, saw PSG take a two-goal advantage into next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, the 2012 European champions, were looking to book their place in a seventh semi-final in 11 campaigns but started without a recognised striker.

With Samuel Eto'o injured, Jose Mourinho selected Andre Schurrle as a 'false nine', appearing to finally lose patience with Fernando Torres.

PSG, unbeaten in their previous 28 European home games, began with a bang and took a fourth-minute lead when one of the three strikers Mourinho had highlighted could be the difference in the contest struck a fine half-volley.

It was Lavezzi - rather than Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Edinson Cavani - who fired into the roof of the net after a poor headed clearance from John Terry.

Chelsea equalised before the interval when Hazard - courted by PSG - converted a penalty after Oscar was fouled by Thiago Silva.

Hazard also hit the post before half-time and PSG were denied a spot-kick when Cavani turmbled under Gary Cahill's aerial challenge.

Torres replaced Schurrle after 60 minutes, but no sooner had he joined the action than Chelsea were behind again as Lavezzi's free-kick was swung in menacingly and bundled into the net by David Luiz.

Ibrahimovic, still chasing a first Champions League triumph, departed clutching his right hamstring with more than 20 minutes remaining - but Pastore ensured the night and potentially the tie would end in PSG's favour, beating Petr Cech at his near post after a mazy run.

 

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