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UCL Rewind: PSG downs Chelsea; Benfica defeats Zenit late


Edinson Cavani proved to be the thorn in Chelsea’s side once again.

Thanks to his late goal, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Chelsea, 2-1, in the first leg of the pair’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 matchup at Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

The Uruguayan has a history of scoring UCL goals against the Blues, and he netted the game-winner on Tuesday after coming off the bench. PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp pulled off the save of the day against a Diego Costa header in the 23rd minute, while Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic unsurprisingly scored the go-ahead goal in the 39th minute.

What was a surprise on the day was the equalizer from Chelsea just before halftime. Of all players, midfielder John Obi Mikel blasted in the away goal after finding the ball at his feet in the box following a corner kick.

PSG will take its 2-1 advantage to Stamford Bridge on March 9, when Chelsea hosts the Parisians in the second leg.


Zenit was determined not to buckle under pressure in Portugal, but Benfica finally broke through in the end.

Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira netted a late goal to help Benfica to a 1-0 win vs. the Russian club at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Zenit left back Domenico Criscito was shown two yellow cards and was subsequently sent off, so he will miss the second leg of the pair’s round of 16 series. His second yellow card was shown in the 90th minute after he tackled André Almeida from behind.

Jonas, leading goal-scorer in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, headed in the subsequent free kick to give As Águias the advantage heading into the second leg of the series on March 9.

What did you think of Tuesday’s UCL action? Which result surprised you the most?

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