Wednesday March 6, 2013 Last 16 Finished Parc des Princes

Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 1 Valencia CF

  • Lavezzi 66’
  • Jonas 55’

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  1. Champions League - PSG into last eight after draw with Valencia

    Champions League - PSG into last eight after draw with Valencia

    Paris Saint-Germain edged into the last eight of the Champions League after a 1-1 home draw against Valencia. More

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    • Paris Saint-Germain
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME. PSG progress 3-2 on aggregate after a nervy 1-1 draw in Paris.
    • 90'+3 Banega booked. It's slipping away from Valencia. Time is not on their side. Less than 60 seconds now.
    • 90'+2 Gameiro on the volley. great save but the flag is up anyway.
    • 90+1' Pastore nicks possession and surges forward. However, he sees his shot blocked.
    • 90' We're into stoppage time. Three minutes added on.
    • 89' Throw-in to PSG deep in Los Che territory. They try to keep it in the corner but it goes out for a goal kick. Here come Valencia again.
    • 88' Beckham will have to wait to appear in the CL for a fourth club. Not that he'll care about that if PSG see this through.
    • 87' Just a few minutes left for Los Che. Are a generation of PSG fans about to see their side make the last eight for the first time in 18 years?
    • 86' Valencia still pushing forward but Soldado is flagged offside.
    • 85' Parejo booked for a foul on Lavezzi.
    • 84' Final sub for PSG. Lucas off for Mamadou Sakho. That means no appearance for Beckham tonight.
    • 83' This time Sirigu comes to claim with both hands. Just what his defence needed.
    • 82' PSG's 6th straight win in the CL is looking unlikely at the moment but they won't care as long as they can hold out here. ANOTHER corner to Valencia. Can they make this one count?
    • 81' Guess what? Yes, that's it, another corner to Valencia. How many is that now? It must be double figures. but once more it comes to nothing. Maybe they should try to mix it up a bit as the PSG defence have dealt with all that has been hurled at them from the flanks.
    • 80' The set piece fails to create an opening but Valencia start again and continue to probe patiently.
    • 79' A ball is fired in from the left and Maxwell is forced to concede yet another corner.
    • 78' Corner for Valencia... Again the PSG defence get there first. The back four have been very impressive in the air tonight.
    • 77' This is finely poised now. Just 13 minutes for Valencia to find that second goal and force extra-time. Can they do it?
    • 76' VALENCIA sub: The goalscorer Jonas is replaced by Nelson Valdez.
    • 75' Lucas surges towards the byline on the right but slips as he attempts to keep it in and it rolls out for a goal kick. He's been very quiet in this second half.
    • 74' Clement Chantome guides a side-footer towards goal from 25 yards. Well saved by the keeper as it skipped up off the turf just in front of him.
    • 73' Barragan marauds down the right flank but is watched all the way by Maxwell who charges down his cross to concede a corner... The delivery is good but Sirigu is adjudged to have been fouled and PSG survive.
    • 72' Banega clips it into the area but Alex rises magnificently to power a header a full 25 yards from danger.
    • 72' Here come Los Che again. And it's another corner.
    • 71' Costa shoots... straight into the wall. An anti-climax if ever there was one.
    • 70' Costa and Soldado are hovering over this. It's 30 yards from goal....
    • 69' Free-kick to Valencia. They still need that second goal and if they get it we are all-square.
    • 68' That's five in his last four CL games for Lavezzi.
    • 67' Lavezzi booked for an over-exuberant celebration.
    • 66' GOAL! Lavezzi levels for PSG. A great run from Gameiro ends with a mix-up by the defence that allows Lavezzi to force a point-blank save from the keeper before kneeing home the equaliser.
    • 65' Matuidi plays a ball through the middle for Lavezzi but the keeper does well and sweeps up for his defenders.
    • 64' Juventus two up against Celtic. Well and truly over for the Scottish side now.
    • 63' VALENCIA sub: Pablo Piatto on for Sofiane Feghouli.
    • 62' Valencia making a change.
    • 61' The game needed a goal and in terms of a spectacle for the neutral it's made it very interesting indeed.
    • 60' As it stands PSG will still progress on the away goals rule - but there's still a lot of football to be played here.
    • 59' That's only the fifth goal PSG have conceded in the CL this season. It's probably up there as the best as well.
    • 58' PSG sub: Kevin Gameiro on for Motta. A CL debut for the striker.
    • 57' The free-kick is dropped into the area but it's nodded clear. It looks like PSG are about to make a sub.
    • 56' Cissokho concedes a free-kick on the far side. Can PSG awaken from their slumber?
    • 55' What a wonderful effort that was from the Brazilian. A right-footer that beats the keeper all ends up.
    • 54' GOAL! Game on as Valencia take the lead. Jonas lines it up from 25 yards and lashes it into the far corner.
    • 53' But it's still Valencia on top here.
    • 51' The corner is a poor one and PSG clear once again.
    • 50' Aly Cissokho down the left. Good block on the cross and it's a corner to Los Che.
    • 49' What was a vibrant atmosphere prior to kick off has evolved into a nervous hush. The PSG fans know their team aren't at their best tonight and Valencia are dictating the play thus far.
    • 48' Chance for PSG to break as Lucas lines up a shot. Easily blocked. the Brazilian had men over there and perhaps chose the wrong option.
    • 47' Valencia look to push on from the off but Soldado shows his frustration immediately as his lay-off rolls out for a throw.
    • 46' Los Che captain Albelda replaced by Ever Banega.
    • 46' The match restarts.
    • 45'+3 HALF-TIME: PSG 0-0 VALENCIA. Very little goalmouth action. PSG still lead 2-1 on aggregate.
    • 45'+2 Alex lines up a 35-yard free-kick... deflected for a corner. Can PSG snatch a lead right at the death? No. It's a poor delivery and the last action of the half.
    • 45'+1 Jonas fizzes in a shot that Salvatore Sirigu beats away at his left-hand post. Corner ball. The delivery is good and Sirigu completely loses the flight of it. It arrows harmlessly out of play but it's a let-off for the PSG stopper.
    • 45' So far so good for PSG it would seem. But Ancelotti will have been disappointed with how his team have gone about their task.
    • 44' But here come Valencia. Daniel Parejo whips it in but again the PSG defence is well-drilled and clears their lines.
    • 43' It's been a poor first period in truth. Very little goalmouth action to mention.
    • 42' Jonas clips a searching ball in towards Soldado but Alex is there again to nod clear.
    • 41' Valencia looking a tad over-reliant on Soldado. It's probably not surprising as he has notched 14 times in his last 16 appearances in the CL. Impressive.
    • 40' A better spell for PSG. Lucas finds space inside the area on the far right but sees his cut back mopped up by Ruiz.
    • 39' Free-kick taken short to Maxwell who has to attempt to beat his man and cross. He's charged down and it rolls out of play. What a waste.
    • 38' Victor Ruiz chops down Blaise Matuidi 30 yards from goal. Yellow card for the Valencia defender.
    • 37' Barragan sends in a devilish ball in from the right that Alex does well to head clear on the stretch. Both teams probing but getting very little change out of the respective defences.
    • 36' Lavezzi teases a ball into Pastore on the left edge of the area but his low cross into the six yard box is gathered by a full stretch Guaita.
    • 35' Pastore delivers but again it's too close to Guaita who elects to punch clear from underneath his own crossbar.
    • 34' Back up the other end and it's another corner to PSG.
    • 33' Soldado skips in behind the PSG defence and cuts a clever ball back to Jonas from the right, but the Brazilian completely miscues on the edge of the box and the chance goes begging.
    • 32' Lightning break down the right by Van der Wiel ends with a poor cross that is easily gathered by the keeper.
    • 31' STAT ALERT: PSG have conceded only four goals in seven Champions League games this season, the joint-best defensive record in the competition.
    • 30' It's just not happening for PSG. They look like the away side and the gap between midfield and attack is widening.
    • 29' Valverde will be delighted with his team so far but they need to start carving out some chances if they are to put real pressure on PSG.
    • 28' Pastore fires in a shot... well blocked!
    • 27' Another good opening for Valencia but they Soldado fails to get his shot away and the ball cannons back off him and out for a goal kick.
    • 26' Jallet looks like he has picked up a knock and is replaced by Gregory Van der Wiel.
    • 25' Looks like PSG are going to make an early change.
    • 24' It's looking all over for Celtic, but if you still want to keep up-to-date with events in Turin, check out our live matchcast. Juventus v Celtic | Live | Score | Champions League 2012-2013 - Yahoo Eurosport UK
    • 23' Juventus lead against Celtic. 1-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate.
    • 22' David Albelda booked for a cynical foul.
    • 21' Valencia definitely on top here.
    • 20' Tino Costa jinks to the byline and sends in a delicious cross that is hooked off the toe of Soldado. Real concern for PSG there.
    • 19' More reason for Valencia to believe - no French club has ever kept a clean sheet against Los Che in European competition. That's a run spanning 19 games.
    • 18' Barragan finds space down the right but fails to get his cross in. Corner kick to the Spaniards...well headed clear by Motta.
    • 17' STAT ALERT: PSG became the first ever French team to beat Valencia at the Mestalla in the first leg.
    • 16' More pressure from Valencia. They look the side most comfortable in possession so far.
    • 15' Great chance for Los Che. Soldado exchanges a one-two but scuffs his shot straight at the keeper. That's the first effort of any note so far.
    • 14' This season's first leg aside, the only previous meeting between the sides came in a pre-season tournament staged at the Emirates stadium in july 2007. PSG ran out 3-0 winners with Amara Diane, David Ngog and Peguy Luyindula on the target.
    • 13' More wonderful skills from Lucas. The boy looks like a real player. He skips beyond three but is eventually crowded out. The fans seem to love him already here.
    • 12' Lucas Moura provides a cameo of his talent with a sublime flick beyond his marker before dragging a low shot well wide. It was enough to inspire a buzz of excitement that reverberated around the ground.
    • 11' Motta down injured after clashing heads with his teammate Alex. Nothing too serious though.
    • 10' STAT ALERT: To stay in the competition, Los Che will have to end PSG's 22-match unbeaten home run in Europe stretching back to a 4-2 reverse against Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in November 2006.
    • 9' Corner for Valencia comes to nothing.
    • 8' The Brazilian Jonas gets in behind the defence but is just pipped to the ball as he prepared to pull the trigger.
    • 7' PSG are looking to seal a sixth consecutive victory in the competition tonight. Their current run represents the club’s best sequence in the UEFA Champions League since 1994/95 when they last made the quarter-finals.
    • 6' Pastore sends a deep cross to the far post and Vicente Guaita manages to punch clear, albeit unconvincingly.
    • 5' Free-kick to PSG on the far right. Christophe Jallet delivers and when the ball breaks Javier Pastore sees his shot blocked. First corner for PSG.
    • 4' PSG have lost two of their last three league games and make five changes from the weekend hiccup against Reims. Cristophe Jallet, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Clement Chantome and Thiago Motta all start. Just the three changes for Valencia. Barragan, Aly Cissokho and Tino Costa all involved from the off.
    • 3' The hosts clear but the Spanish outfit regain possession and continue to show their intent from kick off.
    • 2' Great start by Valencia. Corner ball.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 19.40 A big night for both teams. Can PSG end an 18-year wait and make the quarter-finals or will Valencia step up to the task and bring an abrupt halt to the French side's imperious home form? We'll find out very shortly. Live coverage coming up. Stay tuned!
    • 19.35 Tonight's other Champions League showdown sees Juventus host Celtic protecting what looks like an unassailable 3-0 lead from the first leg. Can the Hoops pull off a minor miracle? Juventus v Celtic | Champions League 2012-2013 - Yahoo Eurosport UK
    • 19.30 In a pre-match interview Valencia's on-loan forward Nelson Valdez - who is on the bench tonight - spoke of his confidence that they can triumph in France. He said: "We know how important this is for the club, to continue participating in European competition. I think the PSG match will be crucial for us to discover what level we are at. There are only strong teams left in the Champions League now, so we have to show we belong here."
    • 19.28 On the comments below: Concon is tipping Valencia to pull off a 2-0 win and book their place in the last eight, while Wade has gone for a 1-1 draw. Keep those views coming and we'll post the best here.
    • 19.25 Meanwhile Ernesto Valverde concedes his side will go into the second leg as underdogs after conceding two goals at the Mestalla. However, he remains upbeat about their chances. He told his pre-match press conference: "The players know we'll have to score some goals. We'll have to be quick to attack while also defending well, because they have good forwards. We need to find the right balance. It's normal PSG are the favourites but we'll give 100 per cent to stay in the competition."
    • 19.20 Want to have your say tonight? Make a comment below or tweet your view. Paul Hassall (Paul_Hassall) on Twitter
    • 19.15 PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti is hoping he can guide his team to the last eight of the CL for the first time since 1995. He told reporters: "The club has a great opportunity, as do the fans and the players – some of them could reach the quarter-finals for the first time. And for me also, it's very important. We need to forget the first leg and concentrate. Valencia have a very attractive style which I don't think they'll change, although they could be more defensive and attack on the break."
    • 19.10 Valencia come into the contest on the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Levante. They have won only three of their last 10 games in all competitions and currently sit fifth in La Liga.
    • 19.05 PSG warmed up for tonight's match with a shock 1-0 reversal against 10-man Reims on saturday. The league leaders saw their cushion at the top cut to just two points.
    • 19.00 As for Valencia, they recall former Liverpool right-back Antonio Barragan as Joao Pereira is deemed only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Jeremy Mathieu, whose natural position is at left-back, is expected to move into the middle of the defence in the absence Adil Rami.
    • 18.55 David Beckham is named on the bench for PSG who welcome back Thiago Motta from a thigh injury sustained back in January. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti are both suspended, so Ezequiel Lavezzi leads the line in attack, supported by Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore.
    • 18.50 Confirmed teams: PSG: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Jallet, Matuidi, Chantome, Pastore, Thiago Motta, Lucas, Lavezzi... SUBS: Douchez, Sakho, Camara, Armand, Van der Wiel, Beckham, Gameiro. /// VALENCIA: Guaita, Cissokho, Barragan, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Feghouli, Parejo, Costa, Jonas, Soldado... SUBS: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Banega, Guardado, Canales, Piatti, Valdez.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of tonight's second leg of the last 16 Champions League showdown between Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia at the Parc des Princes.
  • Summary

    • 66' GOAL! Lavezzi levels for PSG. A great run from Gameiro ends with a mix-up by the defence that allows Lavezzi to force a point-blank save from the keeper before kneeing home the equaliser.
    • 54' GOAL! Game on as Valencia take the lead. Jonas lines it up from 25 yards and lashes it into the far corner.
    • 15' Great chance for Los Che. Soldado exchanges a one-two but scuffs his shot straight at the keeper. That's the first effort of any note so far.
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    Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

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    Manager: Ernesto Valverde

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