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.
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.
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.
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.
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.