Wednesday 24 January 2018

PSG burst Chelsea's bubble after battle at the Bridge

Ten-man Paris knock out Blues in tense Champions League duel

Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva

CHELSEA imploded in the dying minutes of extra-time to let 10-man PSG in for a stunning winning goal which dumped Jose Mourinho and his team out of the Champions League on away goals.

The final 3-3 scoreline gave Paris the slimmest winning margin and a remarkable £250,000 bonus for every man on the team but manager Laurent Blanc will feel that his players earned it after they were reduced to 10 men by a red card for Zlatan Ibrahimovich in the 31st minute and twice went behind.

Ibrahimovic had no excuse for a two-footed tackle which took out Oscar but Mourinho may yet rue the reaction of his players who clearly intimidated referee Bjorn Kuipers and could face Uefa disciplinary action.

It took 81 minutes from Chelsea to take advantage of their numerical superiority. Gary Cahill turned up in the PSG box to net the opener and it seemed that home fans could finally relax after a tense evening.

But David Luiz, who netted Mourinho a cool £50m when he was sold to the French club in the summer, came back to haunt his former club with a powerful header which forced extra-time.

A handball from Thiago Silva gave Hazard the chance to convert the spot-kick but Silva more than made up for that with a headed winner to seal the game.

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