10-men PSG oust Chelsea

Silva heads French champs into quarters; Bayern blank Shakhtar

10-men PSG oust Chelsea

Thiago Silva’s extra-time header sent Paris St Germain into the Champions League quarterfinals on away goals after they overcame the sending-off of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to secure a brave 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.

PSG, who had striker Ibrahimovic dismissed after 31 minutes, went through after the two sides battled to a 3-3 draw over the two legs of their last-16 tie.

The deciding goal was headed home in the 114th minute by Thiago Silva, who redeemed himself after he had given away the penalty nine minutes earlier that put Chelsea 2-1 ahead by handling a high cross.

Eden Hazard coolly converted that spot kick in the 95th minute which looked like settling the tie that threatened to boil over several times, but also had good football in offer.

The pendulum seemed to swing Chelsea's way when Ibrahimovic saw red for a clumsy challenge on Chelsea midfielder Oscar, but the visitors never gave up the fight against the side that knocked them out at the quarterfinal stage last year. They came storming back after Gary Cahill gave Chelsea the lead when he lashed home after 81 minutes and their never-say-die attitude was rewarded with four minutes of normal time to go.

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz scored with a powerful header from a corner that flew in off the underside of the bar to make it 1-1 on the night and force extra time.

The French side should have taken the lead after 58 minutes when Edinson Cavani rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but he hit the inside of the near post. Despite an electrifying start that included an attempt from Cavani after two minutes, and end-to-end play, neither team actually had an effort on target in the first half.

Bayern rampant

Rampant Bayern Munich humbled 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 on Wednesday to ease into the quarterfinals and equal the biggest win in the competition's knockout stages.
Mario Goetze was brought down in the box by Kucher and Thomas Mueller converted the spot-kick.

Jerome Boateng scored in the 34th, tapping in on the rebound after a Lewandowski shot was temporarily cleared with Shakhtar's defence in complete disarray.

They picked up after the break where they left off with two quick goals from Franck Ribery and Mueller, who joined Mario Gomez on 26 goals as the best all-time German scorer in the competition, to kill off the tie. Defender Holger Badstuber scored his first goal since coming back from injuries before Lewa­ndowski also got on to the scoresheet.

Goetze made sure of a mention in the record books with the seventh goal of the evening.

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