Chelsea started slowly as both sides considered their approach, with PSG bringing a 3-1 lead into the match. PSG sat back, and Chelsea tried to encourage them forward in order to launch counter attacks.
Frank Lampard almost scored on 28 minutes, when a fiercely hit free kick from the wing deflected off the wall and Salvatore Sirigu dived right to save. Four minutes later, Chelsea had the lead when David Luiz flicked on a corner and an unmarked Andre Schuerrle slotted in a low shot.
In the second half, Chelsea almost had two when Willian squared a pass for Schuerrle to strike against the crossbar. A minute later it was Oscar’s turn when his free kick hit the bar. Edinson Cavani had two chances for PSG but put them both over.
With three minutes left, Ba won the match with a dramatic late winner, staying onside and scooping Cesar Azpilicueta's shot over Sirigu. Jose Mourinho celebrated with a trademark touchline run, as he moved into the semis for a fifth consecutive season.
28' - SIRIGU SAVE - Lampard curls a fierce cross in, it deflects off the wall to the near post and Sirigu does well to beat it away.
32' - SCHUERRLE GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 PSG: Schuerrle gives Chelsea hope. Ivanovic sends in a long throw that Luiz flicks on with the back of his head. It drops to Schuerrle, totally unmarked by the penalty spot, and he slots a low shot into the corner.
52' - SCHUERRLE HITS THE BAR - Eto'o plays a pass inside for Oscar, who sends the ball right for Willian. He cuts the ball back to Schuerrle, who slams the ball against the crossbar.
53’ - OSCAR FREE KICK - Oscar hits the bar. A brilliant free kick, 25 yards out, and Cech was totally beaten with an effort curling towards the top corner.
72’ - CAVANI CHANCE - A ball over the top for Cavani to chase from Matuidi, and he slices a shot just wide of goal.
77’ - CAVANI VOLLEY - A great chance for Cavani. Cabaye hits a ball for Cavani, who brings the ball down quickly and volleys the ball just over.
87’ - BA GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 PSG: Mourinho is on the pitch with his players. Eto'o is tackled inside the box, it comes out to Azpilicueta who sends in a low shot that and Ba runs onto it to scoop it over the bar.
90+4’ - CECH SAVE - Cech punches a corner clear , and Sigiru stays in the box,. The ball is pulled back to Marquinhos and his shot is saved excellently by Cech.
This is the first time PSG have failed to score in 18 Champions League matches.
The is the first time that PSG have lost a match in the Champions League knockout stages in eight matches.
Jose Mourinho has lost just two of his 22 Champions League games in charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (W15 D5 L2 – excl. qualifiers).
There were eight yellow cards as the pressure told on the players.
Can Chelsea go all the way? Despite Eden Hazard’s injury, Chelsea progressed to the semi-finals. With their extensive experience of the competition, it will be interesting to see whether or not they can rely on that against the stronger teams left in the competition.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea): Schuerrle made the breakthrough, and it was fortunate that Hazard’s injury saw him introduced so early into the game. With his direct running and positioning in and around the box, he scored one and hit the bar.
Chelsea: Cech 7, Ivanovic 6, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Azpilicueta 6, David Luiz 6, Lampard 6, Willian 6, Oscar 7, Hazard 6, Eto’o 7. Subs: Schuerrle 8, Ba 7, Torres 6.
PSG: Sirigu 6, Jallet 6, Alex 6, Thiago Silva 6, Maxwell 6, Thiago Motta 6, Verratti 6, Matuidi 6, Lavezzi 6, Lucas 6, Cavani 6. Subs: Marquinhos 6, Cabaye 6, Pastore 6.
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Demba Ba
- David Luiz
- Edinson Cavani
- Jose Mourinho
- Salvatore Sirigu