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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Advantage Blues as Chelsea nick draw in Paris

Chelsea hold advantage after stalemate in Paris

Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R Top) challenges Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (L) and Ramires (R Bottom) during their Champions League round of 16 first leg match
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R Top) challenges Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (L) and Ramires (R Bottom) during their Champions League round of 16 first leg match

Paris St Germain kept their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals alive when Edinson Cavani's powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg clash last night.

Cavani struck 12 minutes into the second half to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic's first-half header, which was scored against the run of play after the French champions had dominated from the start at the Parc des Princes.

Chelsea, who won last year's quarter-final with PSG on away goals, scored with their only chance, while the hosts had several opportunities to take a lead into the second leg through Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The return will be played at Stamford Bridge on March 11.

Chelsea skipper John Terry said: "Both teams were feeling each other out in the first half, Thibaut Courtois pulled off some great saves and we go away with a happy draw.

"Last year we made it very difficult for ourselves but we are in a lot better position now. PSG keep the ball very well, David Luiz's range of passing is very good so they were able to stretch us but I thought it was very even tonight."

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