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

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 12, 2014

Paris Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden gestures during the French League One soccer match against Marseille, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Sunday, March 2 , 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Wednesday, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 and progressing on 6-1 aggregate.

Sidney Sam offered the guests some faint hope in the early going, but an equaliser from Marquinhos and second-half winner from Ezequiel Lavezzi ensured the Ligue 1 champions wouldn’t make the wrong kind of history at Parc des Princes.

Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Paris Saint-Germain Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Paris Saint-Germain

Sirigu: Did superbly well to stop Rolfes’ penalty midway through the opening period.

Jallet: Conceded the penalty after pulling Derdiyok to ground by his shirt.

Marquinhos: Ghosted into the goalmouth to turn Cabaye’s corner into goal.

T.Silva: Typically useful distribution and solid positional sense from the captain.

Digne: Showing a lot of energy on the left.

Pastore: No PSG player has touched the ball more.

Cabaye: Has so far completed 90% of his passes.

Rabiot: Giving the ball away far too cheaply.

Cavani: Was robbed by Leno after swivelling onto a shot.

Ibrahimovic: Hit the crossbar and was stopped by Leno.

Lavezzi: Only 18 touches in the first half.

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Full-Time analysis for Paris Saint-Germain

Sirigu: The disjointed midfield ensured he faced several difficult shots, but he was up to the task.

Jallet: Once again proved that he’s very much second choice to Van der Wiel.

Marquinhos: Found to be out of position a few too many times in the second half, particularly on one occasion when Derdiyok had a chance from in close.

T.Silva: Was able to shepherd away the danger whenever it presented itself.

Digne: Really a superb prospect and close to displacing Maxwell in the first team.

Pastore: Had a late chance but was denied by Leno.

Cabaye: Touched the ball 142 times and completed 91% of his passes.

Rabiot: Committed five fouls and was generally underwhelming.

Cavani: Looked rusty as he continued his return from injury.

Ibrahimovic: Should never have even come out to start the second half in a game like this.

Lavezzi: Needed just a single touch to fire Digne’s pass into goal for the winner.

L.Moura: Added a bit of spark after replacing Lavezzi just after the hour-mark.

Menez: Didn’t misplace a pass in 18 minutes of football.

Camara: A late cameo for the 34-year-old.

Bayer Leverkusen Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Bayer Leverkusen

Leno: Made impressive saves on Cavani and Ibrahimovic, but lacks confidence on set-pieces.

Donati: His expert cross allowed Sam to head the ball past Sirigu.

Wollscheid: Made an important intervention as Pastore was looking to pick out Lavezzi.

Toprak: Caught napping on the Marquinhos goal.

Guardado: Offering an attacking option on the left.

Can: His early strike from distance forced Sirigu into a terrific stop.

Reinartz: Commited two fouls in the first half.

Rolfes: His penalty was abysmal.

Sam: Out-jumped everyone to open the scoring.

Derdiyok: Needed more than his single shot before half-time.

Castro: Has done next to nothing.

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Full-Time analysis for Bayer Leverkusen

Leno: Appeared awkward at times, but made some impressive saves.

Donati: He was a rare bright spot for Leverkusen on Wednesday.

Wollscheid: Distribution was lacking at times.

Toprak: Made an outstanding intervention to deny Cavani midway through the second half.

Guardado: Wasn’t all that involved after the restart.

Can: Sent off after picking up a second yellow for diving.

Reinartz: Withdrawn in favour of young Wagener with 12 minutes remaining.

Rolfes: The captain’s passing accuracy was quite good.

Sam: Received some kind words from the manager upon his substitution.

Derdiyok: Took three shots and posed a decent threat.

Castro: Somewhat better in the second half, but over the two legs he made little impact.

Brandt: One of Leverkusen’s top prospects, he touched the ball just 12 times in 23 minutes.

Son: Came on at the same time as Brandt and had only five touches.

Wagener: Made his senior debut after replacing Reinartz.