UCL Recap, Highlights: PSG Overwhelm Chelsea, Real Madrid Dominate Borussia Dortmund

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BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Paris St. Germain’s potent attack always had the possibility of causing problems for Chelsea. After the opening leg, that was the story as the Parisian club has one foot in the Champions League semi-final with a 3-1 victory.

It didn’t take long for PSG to grab a lead as they went one-nil up after three minutes. Blaise Matuidi sent in a cross from the left and John Terry was able to win the ball easily. However, the clearance wasn’t anywhere near good enough and disaster struck. Ezequiel Lavezzi was able to chest the ball down, firing a left footed shot off the bounce and into the roof of the net.

Chelsea fought back and were able to equalize in the 27th minute. Thiago Silva‘s slide tackle caught Oscar and the Blues had a penalty kick. Eden Hazard stepped up to take it and slotted the ball to the bottom left corner to draw Chelsea level. Hazard nearly gave the Blues a lead, but his shot hit the post in the 40th minute.

The home side were sloppy to finish the first half, but found their feet once again in the second. Lavezzi came close with a header, but it went just over the bar shortly after the break. However, he would get involved in PSG’s goal that pushed them back in front. His free-kick saw David Luiz touch the ball towards the net for an own goal.

The night for Chelsea got worse when Javier Pastore dribbled around three Chelsea defenders en route to beating Petr Cech with his shot to the near post.

The Blues now stare at a difficult return leg, needing two goals at Stamford Bridge.

Although they have an advantage heading into the second game, PSG did receive a big blow. Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the match early with a hamstring injury.

Real Run Borussia Dortmund Ragged– The Borussia Dortmund defense conceded four goals over the two legs against Zenit St. Petersburg in the last round and were no match for Real Madrid in the opening leg of the quarter-final draw. Madrid posted three goals to edge closer to booking their semi-final ticket.

Gareth Bale gave the home side the opening goal in the third minute. Karim Benzema held the ball up near the right side corner flag and laid the ball off to Daniel Carvajal. He then spotted Bale’s run deep in the box and the Welshman did the rest, beating Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

The lead was doubled in the 27th minute after Dortmund failed to clear their lines. The ball found Isco and his right-footed shot found the back of the net.

Not to be outdone, Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net 12 minutes into the second half, equaling the highest total of goals scored in a single Champions League run with 14. Luka Modric picked out the Portuguese winger’s run and Ronaldo went on to slide the ball past Weidenfeller and place the ball into an empty net.

Dortmund head back to Germany with their tails between their legs and a huge hole to climb out of in the second leg. Madrid look all but through.


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