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Chelsea fall at the feet of Paris Saint-Germain

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With four goals, one red card, a penalty shout and a number of yellow cards, this was a game that had controversy round every corner and entertainment throughout.

The Parisians secured a hard fought 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge that meant they progressed on away goals after a 1-1 stalemate in the reverse fixtures in Paris.

Chelsea came into the match with the upper hand knowing that a win or a 0-0 draw would send them through to the last eight on away goals. Laurent Blanc’s side faced a tough challenge at Stamford Bridge with most people writing them off after they went down to a 2-0 defeat last season in London.

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The match

From the first whistle the game was full of life and each side looked up for the challenge with both teams cancelling each other out.

Just over 30 minutes had been played when Oscar and Zlatan Ibrahimovic went in for a 50:50 challenge, the end result was a straight red for Ibrahimovic which at a first watch looked like he deserved it.

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After watching a replay the PSG forward had in fact tried to manoeuvre his feet away from the challenge, it was a harsh decision from referee Bjorn Kuipers.

The break through came with only 10 minutes to play when Gary Cahill was the first to react from Diego Costa’s sliced shot, the defender hammered a perfectly timed volley into the roof of the net.

Written in the stars

With Chelsea almost through to the quarterfinals, former defender David Luiz popped up and met an out swinging corner with a bullet header to force the game to extra-time, the look on Mourinho’s face said it all, after he sold the Brazilian to PSG last season for £50million.

Last laugh

Early on in the first-half of extra time PSG captain Thiago Silva for some strange reason went up with his arm against Kurt Zouma, his hand made contact with the ball and Kuipers made no hesitation and pointed to the spot. Eden Hazard converted the penalty to tip the game in Chelsea’s favour once again.

But with six minutes to play Silva had the last laugh as he expertly connected from another corner to loop the ball over Thibaut Courtois into the net, in which sent the French side through to the quarter-finals.

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