European Champions League roundup March 11

The European Champions League continued  with two more round-of-16 second legs on Wednesday, March 11 with games  in London and Munich. When all was said and done Paris Saint Germain of the French Ligue 1 and German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich had both advanced to the quarterfinal stage.  PSG played to a 2-2 draw against Premier League side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after drawing 1-1 at home in the first leg. The result means the reigning French champions advanced on the away-goals rule as it ended 3-3 on aggregate.

The main talking point of the match in the first half was the red card PSG’s Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic received after just 29 minutes. The card should have been yellow  at most, but Chelsea was given a glorious opportunity to cash in on their good fortune. However, Jose Mourinho’s men stuck to his typically negative tactics and ultimately paid the price for it. PSG was undoubtedly the better side, even with 10 men, but Chelsea got on the board first when Gary Cahill struck in the 81st minute.

The lead was erased just five minutes later though when PSG’s former Chelsea defender/midfielder David Luiz headed in a corner kick. The whistle went after 90 minutes with the scored deadlocked 1-1 and 30 minutes of extra time was next up on the menu. Chelsea was handed another gift in the 96th minute when Thiago Silva handled the ball in the box and Eden Hazard slotted home the penalty kick at the 96 minute mark. Silva made amends for his handball though when he headed home the equalizer with six minutes remaining in extra time and Chelsea was deservedly out of the tournament after playing with a man advantage for the final 90 minutes.

In comparison, Bayern Munich played 87 minutes against 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk at home after the Ukrainian side saw Olexandr Kucher sent off with a red card after three minutes. The Bundesliga champions showed no mercy and annihilated their opponents 7-0, which was also the aggregate score after both legs. The red card was the fastest in the competition’s history and Bayern has now reached the quarterfinals for the eighth time in the past nine champions League campaigns.

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