Thibaut Courtois saves the day for Chelsea against PSG - but is blamed for Cavani goal

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Thibaut Courtois pulled off a string of superb saves to keep Chelsea in their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain - however some fans were quick to blame the Belgian for Edinson Cavani's winner at the Parc des Prince.

The Blues go into the second leg of their last-16 tie against Laurent Blanc's side with a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals after John-Obi Mikel had cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's deflected free-kick that opened the scoring.

PSG were dominant in the second half and registered 15 shots throughout the game compared to Chelsea's six - and Courtois was the main reason more of those weren't converted into goals.

The shotstopper should have known he was in for a long night when he was forced to save down low from Marco Veratti's effort inside the first three minutes.

The former Atletico Madrid 'keeper was then asked to make some superb saves; he got down well to block a fierce low shot from Lucas Moura just before the hour mark, and showed his athleticism again to get both hands to a curling Angel di Maria free-kick less than ten minutes later.

However, his superb night's work between the sticks was somewhat sullied by Edison Cavani, who had come on as a substitute for Moura.

The former Napoli ace was able to burst clear through Chelsea's defence from Di Maria's pass and slot home the winner from a tight angle at the near post with 78 minutes gone.

First to blame Courtois was former Manchester United defender turned BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, who said: "Watch Cavani’s movement off the shoulder, it is just fantastic. And the ball from Di Maria is great.

"But I think we have to call the keeper’s decision making maybe into question. He kind of makes Cavani’s mind up, the ball is running away from goal. He comes out all that way and kind tells him "go on, you have got to shoot." 

"If he stays back there, Cavani probably takes a touch, it allows the defenders to get back and at least put him off a little bit."

There were more than a few Chelsea fans out there who had seemingly forgotten the 23-year-old's heroics earlier on, and even went as far as to suggest it was a mistake to keep him over Petr Cech - check out some of the reaction to Cavani's late strike below.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink was satisfied with the result going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge, insisting that the tie is firmly in the balance. "Scoring away is always good," said the Dutchman. "I'm never happy with a loss but it's not a dramatic loss."

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