Ibrahimovic strike sends Chelsea out of the Champions League

Ibrahimovic strike sends Chelsea out of the Champions League
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, and it's been a pleasure - goodnight!

That's it, PSG are through to the quarter-finals, winning 2-1 on the night, just as they did in the first leg, making for a 4-2 win on aggreagate. Chelsea looked like they might get back into it, Diego Costa levelling up after Rabiot's opening goal tonight, only for Ibrahimovic to secure PSG's progression.

Full-time: Chelsea (2) 1-2 (4) PSG (Rabiot, Costa, Ibrahimovic)

90: Ivanovic booked, as we enter two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game.

87: Another change for the visitors, as Matuidi, who had just been booked, is replaced by Van Der Wiel.

82: Cavani off for Di Maria.

79: PSG close to a third! Patient possession eventually ends as Maxwell slides the ball across goal looking for Ibrahimovic, before it bounces off Courtois' boot and out of danger.

77: Hazard looks in pain, and he becomes the second casualty of the night for Chelsea, replaced by Oscar.

75: Chelsea have looked downbeat since Ibrahimovic's goal, and that's reflected in the atmosphere. Stranger things have happened than three goals in 15 minutes, but you'd assume they're now out of it.

67: Surely that's going to be it, as the hosts have now got to score three goals in order to progress to the last eight. Di Maria breaks down the left wing, not tracked by Azpilicueta, and he crosses for Ibrahimovic who taps in at the back post.

GOAL! PSG strike again, Ibrahimovic puts them out of sight!

65: Save, save, block, block! Willian shuffles inside from the edge of the area, forcing Trapp into a great save. The German gets up well, saving from Hazard's rebound too, before Willian has another couple of efforts blocked. 25 minutes left for Chelsea to get another goal. 

62: Chance for PSG as Ibrahmovic finds some room, running down the left hand side of the penalty area, but Courtois closes him down and smothers the ball out for a corner. 

60: Bertrand Traore on for Costa.

59: Here's a big, big problem for Chelsea. Diego Costa is down clutching something, and is going to have to come off by the looks of things. He's been excellent tonight.

53: The home fans aren't happy, as Mikel gets a yellow card for fouling Lucas Moura. The reason they're not happy, is because it was a fairly similar act to one Matuidi put in on Willian 30 seconds prior, from which not even a free-kick was given.

49: Chelsea causing problems on the counter again, much like they did in the first half. Willian skips away down the left hand side, cutting the ball back for Costa, who has a shot blocked, as does Pedro when following up. 

45: Back underway!

An extremely entertaining half, with Chelsea battling back extremely well to equalise after some shoddy defending saw PSG take the lead. You'd back the Blues to get another, but would you back them to shut the French side out for the next 45 minutes? Probably not.

Half-time: Chelsea 1-1 PSG (Rabiot, Costa)

45+1: Into stoppage time, and Trapp looks shaky all of a sudden, spilling Costa's shot, Marquinhos clearing the ball before Pedro could get to the rebound.

44: That is a chance wasted! Chelsea break, Costa with the ball as they get three-on-three, but the striker doesn't pass, eventually losing the ball. Pedro is especially frustrated, as he was in a very inviting position.

42: Eden Hazard the next to test Trapp, getting on a loose ball before driving into the area, only for his shot to be straight down the German's throat. 

38: Decent effort from Fabregas, but it falls just wide of the goal. Chelsea need to be careful, they're pushing lots of men forward, but need to be wary of who they've got defending.

34: Ibrahimovic misses a good chance, heading straight at Courtois after beating Azpilicueta to Lucas Moura's cross. He's been a nuisance so far. Up at the other end, Rabiot gets the first yellow of the night, pulling Costa down.

31: Chelsea are having lots of possession, as Silva cuts out some good work between Costa and Willian, but you feel that they need a second goal before half-time to keep this momentum up. Half-time will give PSG a chance to calm down, fully in the knowledge that they're still in front.

27: Brilliant from Diego Costa, and Chelsea level up on the night! Willian did well to play him the ball down the middle, before the striker twisted and turned past Thiago Silva, then rifled a low shot past Trapp and into the net. That's swung the momentum.

GOAL! They have got the next one, Costa levels up!

24: A quiet spell after the goal, Chelsea need to get the next one.

16: The home defence are all at seat as Ibrahimovic ghosts into space on the right hand side of the area, sliding the ball towards the back post, where Rabiot gleefully taps in. Chelsea now need to score twice, and not concede another, just to take the game to extra time.

GOAL! PSG are ahead through Rabiot!

12: The home fans are unhappy as Matuidi hauls down a marauding Pedro, but gets no yellow card for it. Willian's free-kick into the box is a good one, but PSG deal with it.

6: Close! A good chance each so far, Di Maria getting one for PSG. Played in behind, the Argentine beat Courtois to it, sliding it past the 'keeper, only for Ivanovic to clear for a corner. Ibrahimovic scores from the resulting corner, tapping in a knock-down, but he was offside.

3: Save! There's been lots of talk about Diego Costa in the build up to this game, and he's had the first effort on target. Spinning on the edge of the area, the Spaniard sends a left-footed toe-poke towards goal, which is pushed away by Kevin Trapp.

0: Kick-off, we're underway at Stamford Bridge.

Predictions? I can't split the sides, so I'm going for a 1-1 draw, which would take the French side through to the quarter final stage. Anyway, the players are coming out, so not long until kick-off.

Some interesting choices from Hiddink, that's for certain. John Obi Mikel is preferred ahead of Nemanja Matic in central midfield, playing alongside Cesc Fabregas, who plays slightly deeper than he often has in key European ties. Kenedy starts at left-back instead of Baba Rahman, whilst Diego Costa is fit to play up front. For PSG, there's no place for first leg match-winner Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's one man band continues. The Ligue 1 side might be hard to break down, given that the midfield trio of Matuidi, Rabiot and Motta are all very strong defensively.

Chelsea substitues are; Begovic, Rahman, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy. PSG's are; Sirigu, Augustin, Van Der Wiel, Stambouli, Kurzawa, Pastore, Cavani. 

PSG starting XI: Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Motta, Rabiot, Matuidi, Di Maria, Moura, Ibrahimovic. 

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.

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How about some team news ahead of the game? The big news surely, is that John Terry won't play. The Chelsea captain confirmed on Tuesday that he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, so it's likely to be Branislav Ivanovic partering the aforementioned Cahill. Diego Costa is fit to play and will most likely start, despite sitting out Saturday's game against the Potters. PSG picked up no fresh problems at the weekend, which will come as a relief to manager Laurent Blanc, given that he's lost key midfielders Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti to injury in recent weeks. 

Neither side had much success at the weekend in their respective domestic leagues, both drawing home games that the bookmakers made them heavy favourites to win. PSG have virtually already claimed the Ligue 1 title, but took a dent as Montpellier held them to a 0-0 stalemate, whilst Stoke City snatched a point from Chelsea thanks to an 85th minute equaliser, the game ending 1-1.

Last year, PSG took their revenge, in the same stage of the competition that they meet in this time around. Having drawn 1-1 in the first leg in France, it looked like Chelsea were set to go through, especially when Gary Cahill's 81st minute goal put them ahead at Stamford Bridge. However, ex-Blue David Luiz equalised with five minutes to go, sending the game into extra-time. Still, it looked like the hosts would progress, Eden Hazard's penalty putting them back ahead, only for Thiago Silva's 114th minute goal putting the Parisians through on away goals.

If recent history is anything to go by, we'll know to expect fireworks tonight. Two years ago the two teams met in the quarter finals of this competition, and after losing the first leg 3-1, the Blues battled back, Demba Ba scoring a late goal to give them a 2-0 win in the second leg, and a semi final place.

PSG's win naturally means that a win or draw tonight takes them through, so Chelsea have to win to have any chance of going through. If they win without conceding, they're through, as are they if they can triumph by two or more goals. If they win 2-1, we go to extra time, whilst any higher scoring game where Chelsea win by a single goal would put PSG through on away goals.

Cavani celebrates his first leg winner (photo: Reuters)
Cavani celebrates his first leg winner (photo: Reuters)

So, where does the tie currently stand? It's 2-1 to PSG after the first leg in France, which the overall favourites narrowly won, despite a rare Chelsea goal for John Obi Mikel. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had put the French side ahead in the 39th minute after they dominated large spells of the first half, only for Mikel to pop up with an equaliser in stoppage time. However, the home side did get the win, substitute Edinson Cavani rifling past Thibaut Courtois with just over a quarter of an hour left.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of the conclusion of the crunch Champions League tie between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain. This last 16 second leg is finely balanced going into the game, with kick-off at Stamford Bridge set for 19:45 BST, so stick with us until then, as we get the team news and build up to the match beforehand.