Yohan Cabaye capped a cameo appearance with the final goal of Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 thumping of Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena, Tuesday.
Blaise Matuidi had given the Ligue 1 leaders the early lead in this Champions League Round of 16 first leg after only three minutes, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the spot before the Sweden captain struck a stunning goal in the 42nd minute.
Leverkusen’s assignment was made even more difficult with the second-half ejection of Emir Spahic, and in the end it was a straightforward victory for PSG, who didn’t even have to get out of second gear against their Bundesliga rivals.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Bayer Leverkusen Player Ratings|
|Paris Saint-Germain Player Ratings|
|Van der Wiel||8||8|
Half-Time analysis for Bayer Leverkusen
Leno: Looks shaky every time the ball comes near him.
Hilbert: Two good clearances off the feet of Lavezzi.
Spahic: Tugged Lavezzi’s shirt inside the area—a play that ended up sending Ibrahimovic to the spot.
Toprak: Won all of his aerial battles in the first half.
Guardado: Being overrun by Lucas and Van der Wiel.
Bender: At 95%, his rate of passing is Leverkusen’s best so far.
Rolfes: Carelessly conceded possession in the buildup to the penalty.
Castro: A non-factor so far.
Sam: Only 22 touches and not giving Maxwell anything to worry about.
Kiessling: Scuffed at a pair of half-chances.
Son: Looks the Leverkusen attacker most likely to make something happen.
Half-Time analysis for Paris Saint-Germain
Sirigu: Had only a single save to make in the opening period.
Van der Wiel: Providing a useful attacking outlet down the right.
Alex: In his usual no-nonsense mood.
T.Silva: Has completed 96% of his passes—many of them at the outset of counter-attacks.
Maxwell: It’s been far too easy for him so far.
Verratti: Spun delicately out of his own penalty area after stripping the ball off Son.
Motta: Has contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Matuidi: Opened the scoring with a well-taken shot to the far corner.
Lucas: Thirty-five touches so far as he deputises for Cavani.
Ibrahimovic: Scored an exceptional goal with three minutes remaining to put his side 3-0 up.
Lavezzi: Causing all sorts of problems on the dribble and tracking back as well.
Full-Time analysis for Bayer Leverkusen
Leno: At fault for the first goal and was generally poor when he needed to be spectacular.
Hilbert: That he made five tackles shows just how difficult his night was opposite Lavezzi.
Spahic: Ejected after picking up a second booking just moments after he felt Kiessling should have won a penalty.
Toprak: A rare bright spot for the hosts, the 24-year-old made a handful of vital interventions.
Guardado: Looked well out of his depth over the 90 minutes.
Bender: Made an eye-popping 10 tackles in what was a very difficult evening for the Germany international
Rolfes: Withdrawn at the break in favour of Reinartz.
Sam: Was replaced by Wollscheid shortly after the hour-mark.
Kiessling: Thought he had earned a penalty midway through the second half; didn’t manage a single shot on target.
Son: Taken off at the brake for the youngster Brandt.
Reinartz: Helped settle things somewhat in the centre of the park.
Brandt: The 17-year-old played without fear and demonstrated just why he’s so highly rated.
Wollscheid: Touched the ball just 16 times.
Full-Time analysis for Paris Saint-Germain
Sirigu: Had a single save to make in each half and looked generally solid.
Van der Wiel: An eye-catching performance from the Dutchman, who combined well with Lucas down the right.
Alex: The well-positioned defender didn’t have to make a single tackle.
T.Silva: Completed an exceptional 98% of his passes.
Maxwell: Integral to the play that led to Cabaye’s late goal.
Verratti: Only Motta touched the ball more than the Italian.
Motta: Pulled the strings and was the game’s best all-round player.
Matuidi: His second goal—disallowed with Lavezzi clashing with Leno—should have stood.
Lucas: Laid the ball off nicely for Cabaye to score in the 88th minute.
Ibrahimovic: At 112 touches, you can tell his night was made far too easy.
Lavezzi: A constant thorn in Hilbert’s side.
Pastore: Nearly chipped Leno shortly after coming on.
Cabaye: Made his Champions League bow for PSG with a goal.
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