Paris Saint-Germain have one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after overwhelming Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-0 in Germany.
Blaise Matuidi's early opener signalled another miserable evening for the hosts against one of Europe's big boys, and before the interval two more goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović – the first a penalty – effectively wrapped up the round of 16 first-leg win. It got worse for Leverkusen as Emir Spahić received a second caution before the hour, and though they did well to repel Paris's advances, substitute Yohan Cabaye broke through again with the end in sight.
Our performance during the first half was crucial – but we played with fear and I don't know why. We played very poorly during the first 45 minutes.
Ömer Toprak, Leverkusen defender
There is a long way to go but we just have to keep playing as we did tonight. We have a great team and all the players want to win every competition.
Yohan Cabaye, Paris midfielder
|1||Leno (GK)||30||Sirigu (GK)|
|2||Thiago Silva (C)|
|23||Van der Wiel|
|22||Yelldell (GK)||1||Douchez (GK)|
|Sami Hyypiä (FIN)||Laurent Blanc (FRA)|
|Viktor Kassai (HUN)|