Zlatan Ibrahimovic sees red as PSG beat Valencia
PSG record 2-1 win over Valencia in the Champions League clash – but Zlatan Ibrahimovic sees red
An injury-time goal from Adil Rami handed Valencia a lifeline against Paris Saint-Germain, as the French side took a 2-1 away from the Mestalla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
First-half strikes from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore put PSG in control, but Rami pulled one back in stoppage time before Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a red card, leaving the tie far from over.
Valencia’s late fightback took the gloss of an impressive performance from the French side, with January signing David Beckham casting an eye over his new side from the stands.
However, it was another of Carlo Ancelotti’s recent recruits who stole the show on his Champions League debut, as Brazilian Lucas Moura proved influential, providing an assist for Pastore and impressing with his pace and trickery.
A constant problem for the home side, Lucas almost opened the scoring after nine minutes as he saw his effort crash back off the post, before Lavezzi was on hand a minute later to give the Parisians the lead.
Following a neat exchange of passes with Pastore on the edge of the area, the Argentine evaded the challenge of Ricardo Costa before beating Vicente Guaita with a powerful strike.
Despite the home side continuing to see a lot of the ball, the visitors doubled their advantage two minutes before the interval, as Lucas drove into the box, beating two men and pulling the ball back for Pastore who was on hand to fire the ball through the legs of Guaita with a first-time finish.
PSG almost sealed the tie, but were denied a third after Clement Chantome found the net, only to be correctly ruled offside.
Valencia pushed for a way back into the match, and were rewarded moments from the end as Rami latched on to a Tino Costa free-kick to steer the ball home, giving Los Che a lifeline going into the return leg next month.
And they were handed a further boost when striker Ibrahimovic was sent off for the visitors after a dangerous tackle on Andres Guardado, meaning the Swedish forward will miss the return leg in Paris on March 6th.