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Published: 21:56 | 9/3/16

Ibrahimovic on song as PSG beat Chelsea

French side win to secure 4-2 aggregate victory

PSG knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League for the second year in a row after securing a 2-1 victory in their last-16 second leg clash at Stamford Bridge for a 4-2 aggregate win overall.

Holding a 2-1 lead from the first leg a fortnight ago, an early strike from Adrien Rabiot set PSG on their way and, although Diego Costa levelled on the night to give Chelsea hope, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in consecutive Champions League knock-out games for the first time in his career midway through the second half to seal victory for Laurent Blanc's side.

Given their current league position, it could be Chelsea's last European appearance for at least a year unless they can win the FA Cup this season. However, they face face a significant challenge in that regard with a trip to Everton in the sixth round to come on Saturday.

Chelsea started strongly and carved out an early chance when PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was forced to beat away Costa's rasping shot after the French champions had been caught in possession deep in their own half.

But the visitors quickly settled and, after Angel Di Maria's shot was cleared off the line by Branislav Ivanovic, they had the ball in the net on ten minutes courtesy of Ibrahimovic, but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.

PSG continued to threaten and went ahead on 16 minutes as Rabiot got in ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta to convert Ibrahimovic's pinpoint ball across the six-yard box from close range.

The visitors were good value for their lead, but Chelsea were level on 27 minutes as Willian fed Costa who easily turned Thiago Silva on the edge of the penalty area before shooting low past Trapp to make it 1-1 on the night and 3-2 to the French side on aggregate.

Ibrahimovic, who looked a class part throughout, then climbed high at the back post to meet Lucas Moura's floated cross, but Thibaut Courtois was perfectly positioned to make the save.

As the clock ticked towards half-time, Cesc Fabregas dragged his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area after excellent work down the right by the industrious Willian who broke at pace from deep inside his own half.

Chelsea almost levelled the tie in first-half stoppage time as Trapp could only parry Costa's low shot and had to rely on Marquinos to clear the danger as Pedro looked to capitalise.

Guus Hiddink's side suffered a major blow early in the second half as Costa limped off with what looked like a calf injury, with Bertrand Traore replacing him.

The tie seemed very evenly poised at that stage, but the outcome was settled midway through the second period as Ibrahimovic scored from close range after Trapp had made a superb double save at the other end.

First, the PSG goalkeeper reacted superbly to keep out Willian's low shot and then saved again as Eden Hazard looked to convert the rebound from six yards.

Almost immediately afterwards Angel Di Maria's loose pass in midfield was turned into a devastating one-two by the alertness of Thiago Motta, who set the Argentinian international free down the left to pick out Ibrahimovic with a low ball across the six-yard box.

The striker made no mistake from three yards, smashing the ball into the roof of the net from three yards for his 30th strike in his last 31 games for club and country.

Chelsea struggled hard to give the home support something to cheer in the final 20 minutes as Stamford Bridge quickly began to empty out, but they were unable to trouble Trapp and PSG were deservedly through to the last eight at the expense of their English hosts for the second year in succession.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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