Chelsea (2) 1-2 (4) PSG: Ibrahimovic strikes sends Blues crashing out of Champions League

A second-half strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic send Chelsea crashing out of the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea (2) 1-2 (4) PSG: Ibrahimovic strikes sends Blues crashing out of Champions League
Above: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-1 win over Chelsea Photo: Daily Mail
CHELSEA
1 2
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
CHELSEA : COURTOIS, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, IVANOVIC, KENEDY, MIKEL, FABREGAS, PEDRO, WILLIAN, HAZARD (OSCAR, MIN. 77), COSTA (TRAORE, MIN. 60)
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN : TRAPP, MARQUINHOS, SILVA, LUIZ, MAXWELL, RABIOT, MOTTA, MATUIDI (VAN DER WIEL, MIN. 87), DI MARIA ( CAVANI, MIN. 82), IBRAHIMOVIC, MOURA (PASTORE, MIN. 77)
SCORE: 0-1, MIN, 16, RABIOT 1-1, MIN. 27, COSTA 1-2, MIN . 67, IBRAHIMOVIC
REFEREE: FELIX BRYCH BOOKED RABIOT (MIN. 34) MOTTA (MIN. 41) FABREGAS (MIN. 45) OBI MIKEL (MIN. 53) MATUIDI (MIN. 86) IVANOVIC (MIN. 90)

Chelsea FC's Champions League ambitions were extinguished for another season as a second-half strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Paris Saint-Germain the crucial 2-1 win on the night, 4-2 on aggregate. 

It was a bright start from Laurent Blanc's side with the Swedish striker having a goal ruled out in the early minutes, before Adrien Rabiot gave them the lead, quickly cancelled out by Diego Costa just before the half hour mark. 

It was equal pressure from both sides in the second period with Ibrahimovic, Willian and Eden Hazard having good chances before Ibrahimovic stroked in the crucial goal in the 67th minute and finished off Guus Hiddink's side. 

Fearsome French 

It was PSG who came flying out of the traps at Stamford Bridge and thought that they took the lead just seven minutes when Ibrahimovic finished from Thiago Motta's flick after rounding Thibaut Courtois, but the flag was rightly raised. 

Nine minutes later they got their crucial away goal, it was poor defending from the home side as Angel Di Maria played it into Ibrahimovic who had all of the time in the world of time to slide it into Rabiot at the back post, he easily tapped it home. 

Back in contention 

Hiddink's side needed a instant reaction if they had any chance of staying in Europe's elite competition, and they gave themselves one in 27th minute. 

It was good build-up play from the Blues as Pedro dispossessed Motta in the midfield, before playing it to Willian who fed it to Costa. The Spaniard still had a lot to do with pressure from Thiago Silva and he did brilliantly to cut back on his left foot before putting it beyond Kevin Trapp

They almost took the lead three minutes from the break as the dispossession of Di Maria saw the ball go to Hazard and the Belgian tried to curl it beyond Trapp, who held it comfortably. 

Above: Diego Costa celebrates in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat  to Paris Saint-Germain  Photo: Kevin Quigley
Above: Diego Costa celebrates in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain Photo: Kevin Quigley

Killer blow 

The second period began at a snails pace with both sides looking afraid to push forward, but when the Blues ventured into the French area Trapp was hand to make some crucial stops. 

Willian tried his luck from 20 yards with the low effort but he deflected it into the path of Hazard, yet the goalkeeper was alive to the situation as he got up quickly to block his effort. 

Those saves proved crucial as Paris Saint Germain effectively ended the tie in the 67th minute with their second goal of the night. 

The chance looked to have gone after Di Maria's poor pass, only for Motta to keep the move alive, allowing the Argentine to get a great ball into the area which proved too easy for Ibrahimovic as he volleyed home from close-range and left Hiddink's side with a mountain to climb. 

They almost added a third eight minutes from the end when Maxwell played a ball into the middle looking to get Ibrahimovic his brace. Branislav Ivanovic defended well to hold the big Swede, but it failed to inspire a late comeback from the Blues.