Far less sparkling than in the first leg, Paris Saint-Germain nonetheless strolled into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, a 2-1 victory against ten-man Bayer 04 Leverkusen completing a 6-1 aggregate win.
Playing with a rejigged lineup, Paris never approached the quality of their 4-0 triumph in Germany, and a defence featuring Christophe Jallet, Lucas Digne and Marquinhos was unable to stop Sidney Sam handing Leverkusen a shock lead. Marquinhos levelled, but Salvatore Sirigu had to keep out a Simon Rolfes penalty before Ezequiel Lavezzi ultimately tipped the game in the home side's favour, with Emre Can's red card undermining a spirited Leverkusen showing.
We began badly because we were not aggressive enough. They broke the deadlock and that woke us up. We levelled but Salvatore Sirigu kept us in the match.
Laurent Blanc, Paris coach
Overall I feel we can leave here with our heads high. It was important to show the right attitude and we will take a lot of positives from this.
Sami Hyppiä, Leverkusen coach
|30||Sirigu (GK)||1||Leno (GK)|
|2||Thiago Silva (C)||3||Reinartz|
|1||Douchez (GK)||36||Lomb (GK)|
|Laurent Blanc (FRA)||Sami Hyypiä (FIN)|
|Ivan Bebek (CRO)|