UEFA Champions League

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

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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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 12, 2014

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.

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