Monday 29 December 2014

Ibrahimovic off form as PSG seal progress

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) controls the ball during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, March 12, 2014.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic controls the ball during their Champions League second leg tie with Bayer Leverkusen

Paris St Germain, resting their usual magic midfield triangle and despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic's under-par display, sailed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen.

The French champions won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes having thrashed the German side 4-0 in the last-16 first leg, with Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi wiping out the visitors' early strike by Sidney Sam.

Sami Hyypia's Leverkusen, who finished with 10 men after Emre Can picked up a second yellow card in the 68th minute, were also hampered by Simon Rolfes's missed penalty in the first half.

PSG, who have now won their last six games in all competitions, could have gone through even more easily had Ibrahimovic not missed a couple of clear chances either side of the interval.

Irish Independent

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