David Luis had the last laugh as his 10 man PSG team eliminated Chelsea out of the UEFA Champions league in a frantic, scrappy and ugly eyesore of a match punctuated by fouls and contentious incidents that threatened to turn bloody at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho was left red faced as his flat Chelsea team was unexpected kicked out of the Champions League on this stormy night at the Bridge as Paris St-Germain reached the last eight on away goals after extra time.
Chelsea, who started the match as slight favourites after drawing the away game 1-1, seemed to be cruising after taking the lead and gaining a man advantage following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sending off after 31 minutes.
But it was PSG who incredibly came from behind twice to take revenge for last season’s quarter-final exit at the hands the same opponents after showing great character and composure to play for the last hour of normal time and the added 30 minutes without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic was sent off for a foul on Oscar that later looked hash after replays showed he did not intend to sweep off the Brazilian. Matters were made worse when nine Chelsea players surrounded the referee Bjorn Kuipers and appeared to argue him to send off the Swedish international striker which made the Parish club feel unfairly treated.
Chelsea looked to be set for a quarter final slot after Gary Cahill’s late goa,l but their former defender David Luiz had other ideas up his sleeve and thumped home a powerful header to send the last-16 tie into extra time.
Once more, Chelsea went ahead through Eden Hazard’s penalty following Thiago Silva’s handball but PSG’s Brazilian defender made amends perfectly with another superb header six minutes from time to give coach Laurent Blanc’s side the progression they so deserved.
This leaves the Premier league in a tricky situation after Arsenal and Manchester City were beaten at home by Monaco and Barcelona respectively in the first legs with daunting tasks of overturning the results away from home which leaves the so called ‘greatest league’facing an embarrassing prospect of getting wiped out at the last 16 stage.
In other games, Bayern Munich beat Shakhtar Donesk 7-0 to advance on a 7-0 aggregate to join FC Porto and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid who qualified on Tuesday to the quarter finals.