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PSG 2-1 Chelsea: John Obi Mikel scores vital Champions League away goal for Blues

Published 16/02/2016

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, right, celebrates with teammate Chelsea's Gary Cahill after scoring his side first goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, right, celebrates with teammate Chelsea's Gary Cahill after scoring his side first goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
John Mikel Obi of Chelsea scores their first and equalising goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (R) takes the first goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) vies for theball with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva (L) during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: Eden Hazard of Chelsea (grounded) is injured during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: John Mikel Obi of Chelsea scores their first and equalising goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) and his wife Mariann Barrena McClay attend the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian sits on the pitch during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura falls during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Diego Costa holds his hand to his face as he reacts after missing a chance on goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura (up) falls during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz looks on prior to the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: Chelsea fans looks at their mobile phones prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's supporters wave flags and cheer prior to the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's supporters cheer during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti (L) talks with France's national team coach Didier Deschamps (R) next to Brazilian model Izabel Goulart during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: PSG players line up prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

John Obi Mikel scored a vital away goal for Chelsea as Paris St Germain inflicted the first defeat of Guus Hiddink's second spell in charge at Parc des Princes.

Mikel made amends for conceding a free-kick from which Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to put PSG 1-0 up in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

The striker's shot deflected off Mikel, who equalised from close range for a rare goal, before substitute Edison Cavani struck to earn PSG a 2-1 win and end Hiddink's 11-match unbeaten run.

It was Chelsea's first loss since the December defeat at Leicester which marked the end of Jose Mourinho's tenure.

Laurent Blanc's side have lost once in 33 games this season, while Hiddink has two defeats in 34 games across two spells as Chelsea caretaker boss.

The Dutchman will be content, though as Mikel's first Chelsea goal since December 2014 means the Blues have a vital away goal ahead of the March 9 return at Stamford Bridge.

Away goals have separated these sides in the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.

Chelsea might have had theirs sooner had it not been for a fine reflex save from Kevin Trapp.

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Trapp stuck out a hand to save a Diego Costa header which had looked destined for the back of the net and ended up hitting the bar.

Chelsea performed well, although Eden Hazard, who chose the eve of the match to reveal it would be difficult to turn down a move to PSG, made a limited impact.

The Belgian playmaker did little to boost any potential transfer fee and was withdrawn 19 minutes from the end.

John Terry missed the trip to Paris and may have to wait for his 700th Chelsea appearance as he is a doubt for Sunday's FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City.

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic performed admirably in the absence of Terry and Kurt Zouma, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

Baba Rahman came into a reshuffled defence, which survived early pressure before the left-back delivered a cross which the masked Costa met, only for Trapp to somehow turn the ball on to the bar. It felt like a chance Chelsea had to take.

Lucas Moura had impressed early on and almost provided the opener for Ibrahimovic - but the Swede headed the ball into the ground.

Moura burst by three Chelsea players before he was tripped by Mikel, who was booked.

And Ibrahimovic's free-kick hit the midfielder and wrong-footed Thibaut Courtois.

Six minutes remained until half-time and Chelsea replied when Costa met Willian's corner ahead of Ibrahimovic, getting enough of a flick-on for the ball to drop for Mikel.

He finished emphatically from six yards for his sixth goal in 358 Chelsea games.

Trapp raced off his line to deny Costa early in the second half before Courtois repelled PSG time and again - only for his defences to eventually be breached for a second time.

First Courtois tipped Angel di Maria's effort over, then he blocked an Ibrahimovic shot and next he saved from Moura.

Chelsea were defending deep, inviting pressure.

Courtois denied Di Maria from a free-kick before the former Manchester United winger played a fine ball over the top for Cavani, who stayed onside before tucking the ball under the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

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