Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 18, 2014

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right celebrates after scoring during a Champions League round of the last 16 first leg soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain in Leverkusen, Germany, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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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
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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.

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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.

Castro: Who?

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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