Chelsea reach semi-final

Football

Chelsea 2-0 PSG

The special one has masterminded another special European night. Starting on the wrong side of a 3-1 deficit, Mourinho’s men secured a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba.

Unfortunately, in terms of entertainment, this match, bar the goals and the odd chance, offered little for the neutral. Chelsea were set up just as Mourinho would have wanted, in an imposing 4-2-3-1 formation that was cautious yet calculating.

For their part Paris Saint Germain, missing star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic,  played right into the Special One’s hands, keeping their shape with their focus placed on not conceding rather than scoring that vital away goal.

‘Les Parisians’ only real chance in the first half saw Ezequiel Lavezzi put the ball in the back of the net only to see this ‘goal’ ruled out as he had moved a fraction offside.

Chelsea lacklustre first half was embodied in the performance of Eden Hazard, undoubtedly Chelsea’s player of the season so far, he was slow to every ball and was subbed inside the first thirty minutes with a calf strain.

Whilst many inside Stamford Bridge might have been cursing their luck as they saw the Belgian maestro leave the field, it was his replacement Andre Schurrle who gave them reason to hope.

His 31st minute goal came from a throw in as David Luiz flicked the ball on and it was met by Schurrle who rifled into the net. Chelsea could have grabbed their second by half time but Gary Cahill scuffed his shot.

The second half began in much the same fashion with PSG happy to attempt to hold what they had, even when Chelsea hit the crossbar twice in the space of two minutes through, Oscar and Schurrle.

However in the 71st minute PSG looked like they would finally score as Edison Cavani delightfully chested down Yohan Cabaye’s lofted ball, only to fail to keep his shot on target.

The visitors would rue this miss in the 86th minute as Chelsea found their vital second goal. It came, rather fortuitously, via the forgotten man Demba Ba, who poked the deflected ball into the net.

The goal forced PSG to attack but unlike last week a late goal was not forthcoming, with Petr Cech saving well from Marquinhos’ effort as the Blues ensured they advanced to Friday’s draw for the semi-finals.

 

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