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Two-goal Lavezzi confirms PSG's progress in Kyiv

FC Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC
A goal either side of half-time from Ezequiel Lavezzi secured the visitors more than the point they required to advance from Group A.

Two-goal Lavezzi confirms PSG's progress in Kyiv
Two-goal Lavezzi confirms PSG's progress in Kyiv ©UEFA.com

Paris Saint-Germain FC will host FC Porto on matchday six to determine who finishes top of Group A after the Ligue 1 team confirmed their UEFA Champions League progress with a 2-0 triumph at FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Needing a point to join the Portuguese club in the last 16, Carlo Ancelotti's men earned all three in the Ukrainian capital courtesy of two goals – his first for PSG – in seven minutes either side of half-time from Ezequiel Lavezzi. Dynamo can at least console themselves with the knowledge that they are assured of a UEFA Europa League berth following Porto's 3-0 victory against GNK Dinamo Zagreb. 

Unimpressed by his charges' performance in losing to FC Metalurh Donetsk on Saturday, Oleh Blokhin promised supporters a "really motivated Dynamo". The initial signs were promising, as a lineup containing four changes harried and pressed their opponents in a bid to force an early breakthrough.

It was PSG, though, who enjoyed the first sight of goal when Alex, steaming in unmarked, headed wide Nenê's left-wing cross. Showing his class at the other end, the Brazil defender then snuffed out the danger as Ideye Brown prepared to pull the trigger.

With Dynamo maintaining their high-tempo approach, Oleh Gusev stung the palms of Salvatore Sirigu before forcing a smart save from the PSG keeper following Miguel Veloso's free-kick. From the rebound, and with the goal at his mercy, Denys Garmash lost his composure – it was a miss which would be ruthlessly punished.

Moments before the break, the hitherto quiet Zlatan Ibrahimović slipped in Lavezzi, who opened his PSG account with a cute chip over the outrushing Maxym Koval. It was the Swedish international's fifth assist of the group stage. Lavezzi, meanwhile, did not have to wait long for his second.

Yevhen Khacheridi claimed an unwanted assist this time, underhitting a back pass which was seized on by Blaise Matuidi. Seconds later the ball was in the back of Koval's unguarded net, via Lavezzi's tap-in. Dynamo huffed and puffed as they sought an unlikely comeback, with the backtracking Sirigu denying Dudu a goal on his UEFA Champions League debut, then repelling Lukman Haruna's low strike from just outside the area.

Sirigu frustrated Dudu again in the closing stages, beating out his angled drive, while Artem Milevskiy headed wide fellow substitute Andriy Yarmolenko's centre. Proof, if needed, that this was not Dynamo's night.