Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain: 6 Things We Learned

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain: 6 Things We Learned
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Bayer Leverkusen were forced to live out their worst nightmares on Tuesday when they came up against a superior Paris Saint-Germain side that chose to take no prisoners. In the end, it was 4-0 to the visitors in this first leg of the Champions League knockout round. 

Sami Hyypia's side began the game in terrible fashion when they conceded a goal after only three minutes, when a quick and clever counter attack from PSG found Blaise Matuidi in the box and ready to pounce. The clock had not even hit five minutes, and Leverkusen's chances of progressing in the competition had already skyrocketed. 

Unfortunately, Laurent Blanc's side were far from finished. Following a contentious penalty that uprooted the only genuine period of Leverkusen domination, none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic first doubled the scoring with the penalty kick and then trebled his sides' lead with an outstanding shot from outside the box. 

The second half was a quieter affair, as the visitors grew content with their lead and Leverkusen chose to consolidate their three-goal disadvantage instead of asking for more. 

Aside from the odd chance from Stefan Kiessling and some very bright attacks from 17-year-old Julian Brandt, who came on for the disappointing Son Heung-min at half-time, it was a bland and unthreatening response from the Bundesliga club. 

Alas, the trouble didn't end there for the struggling home side. Emir Spahic, the very defender who gave away the penalty in the first half, was sent off when a flailing challenge brought Lucas Moura down illegally. Leverkusen were down to 10 men with half an hour left on the clock. 

PSG did eventually get their fourth goal, via a wonderfully placed shot from new signing Yohan Cabaye on the eve of full time, but even for them the fun was over. PSG had thoroughly embarrassed the Bundesliga side and will look forward to the return tie in Paris. 

Here's what else we took from the game. 

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