Valencia 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Zlatan Sent off as PSG Take Control of Tie
Valencia 1-2 Paris St. Germain (full time result)
Live Champions League football commentary, Round of 16, first leg
Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG) 10', Javier Pastore (PSG) 42', Adil Rami (VAL) 90'.
Valencia: Guaita, Joao Pereira, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Guardado, Feghouli (J. Viera), Ever Banega (Canales), Parejo, Tino Costa, Jonas (Haedo Valdez), Soldado.
PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Sakho, Maxwell, Lucas Moura (Chantome), Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore (Armand), Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi (Menez).
Right...after all that, we're going to call it a night here with the live commentary. Don't worry though because there's plenty of post-match reaction to come here on Bleacher Report, both from this game and the other one from the Champions League, which ended Celtic 0-3 Juventus.
Thanks for joining me this evening and make sure you're around tomorrow again for Real Madrid vs. Manchester United; that match should be a real classic.
See you all next time!
Full time result in the Champions League Round of 16 First Leg
Valencia 1 (Rami)
Paris St. Germain 2 (Lavezzi, Pastore) — Ibrahimovic sent off
MOTM: Ezequiel Lavezzi.
What a crazy ending to the game.
A match, and a tie, which PSG looked to be comfortable in ends up with them conceding a goal and losing their main striker for the return leg through suspension—and Marco Verratti's earlier yellow card means he will miss the second leg too.
Valencia were largely poor, despite having the lion's share of possession, but will be hopeful of being back in the game after that late strike from Adil Rami, who tapped home from Tino Costa's free kick.
Early in the first half Lucas Moura tore Valencia to shreds down the PSG right, and he fired a shot off which hit the post moments before Ezequiel Lavezzi cut infield to hammer home the opening goal. Lucas Moura's dribble and cut-back let Javier Pastore bury the second goal, where Guaita—poor all game—certainly could have done better.
Rami's late goal and the sending off of Zlatan Ibrahimovic changes the outlook on the second leg somewhat, but PSG will still be favourites to progress when they play on their home turf.
Full time at the Mestalla
Valencia 1 PSG 2
90+2'—Madness. Zlatan concedes a foul by barging over a defender near the corner flag, the whistle goes for a free kick and Zlatan continues trying to win the ball by launching into a challenge on Guardado. It's slightly mistimed but hardly dangerous, even though he catches the left-back on the ankle—but the crowd are furious and the referee immediately issues a straight red.
Three minutes of added time to be played
RED CARD! Zlatan Ibrahimovic is shown a straight red card!
Sirigu is furious with his defence—they switch off at the set piece and Rami is untracked as he reaches the six yard box to tap home Tino Costa's excellent delivery and halve the deficit. 2-1 as we move into injury time.
Valencia 1 PSG 2
Adil Rami, 90 mins
89'—Into the last minute and Valencia struggling to look anything like convincing going forward. PSG happy to see the game out. The home side have another late chance to put a free kick into the box.
87'—Valencia throw another cross into the area but Valdez can't control his header. Verratti looks to bring the ball clear and Soldado, who has had as bad a game as his goalkeeper at the other end, hacks him down with a wild swing.
PSG sub: Javier Pastore off, Sylvain Armand on.
Update—Mirko Vucinic makes it Celtic 0 Juventus 3. Looks like that tie is over already then.
86'—Tino Costa goes straight for goal and Sirigu is finally forced into a meaningful save, diving to his right to tip away the shot.
85'—Valdez spins into space on the right but takes far too long to pass the ball and loses possession. He falls to the floor in an attempt to win a free kick and somehow wins one. Chance for Tino Costa to deliver from the right now.
Update—Another goal in the other game and it's Celtic 0 Juventus 2. Claudio Marchisio has the second goal there.
Valencia sub: Feghouli off, Jonathan Viera on.
82'—Valencia break forward once more, still looking for this goal they need. Rami covers 60 yards on the ball and finds Canales, but when the ball is returned to the centre-back his own pass strikes the referee and bounces back to PSG. The home fans are not amused with the official.
79'—Ibrahimovic think he's in for a free run on goal after out-muscling Rami, but the flag is up for an offside decision. It's another laughable one, as the striker started his run in his own half of the pitch.
77'—Guardado makes a burst down the left and fires over a cross, but it's too high for anyone to attack and flies out of play on the far side.
76'—AWFUL MISS. Valdez has the ball drop to him on the edge of the six yard box and he blazes into the side netting with his left foot. Simply had to hit the target there.
PSG sub: Lavezzi is replaced by Jeremy Menez.
75'—Into the final 15 minutes of the first leg. Valencia still look nowhere near scoring the goal they desperately need, but one goal could change the whole complexion of the tie. A third for PSG on the counter, however, will end things.
72'—Goal ruled out for offside. PSG think they have gone 3-0 up but the referee says it's offside, despite Verratti protesting that the pass was made by a defender. Zlatan and Lavezzi combined well before the latter eventually put the ball in the net. Is definitely should not have been offside, and Verratti was right in saying the ball came off the Valencia player.
Straight down the other end and Soldado is again more worried about winning a penalty than actually delivering on the ball, and in the end gets nothing again.
70'—Zlatan hasn't had his best game so far, but he only needs a second or two on the ball in the final third to have a telling impact. So far, Valencia have kept him playing with his back to goal or else receiving the ball in deep areas.
68'—Valencia just cannot find a route through the PSG midfield now. Verratti and Matuidi are working very hard to protect their back four. Canales continues to deliver from wide on the left, but there is little quality in the box. Feghouli shows as much when he blazes a volley about 40 metres over the bar on the bounce.
65'—Canales and Parejo link up through the centre but Blaise Matuidi shows his best work by tracking back to win back possession. PSG break and Zlatan and Lavezzi exchange passes, but Guaita managers to dive on the ball after it bounces behind him at the first attempt.
Update: After 64 minutes in the other tie, the score remains Celtic 0 Juventus 1.
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