While Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal matches both ended in 1-1 draws, Wednesday's clashes were, well, not quite so close.
But which teams prevailed? Did PSG hold serve at home, or did Chelsea leave Paris with a positive result? Did Real Madrid protect their formidable home advantage, or did Borussia Dortmund deal them another crushing blow in Champions League play?
Let's find out.
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For 92 minutes, both PSG and Chelsea had positives to take away from their Champions League quarterfinal clash. The Parisians had a 2-1 lead at home, but Chelsea could take solace in the fact that they had the ever-important away goal.
Yet in a moment of individual wonder, Javier Pastore ended all of that.
His brilliant, 93rd-minute goal gave PSG a 3-1 lead and made Chelsea's task at Stamford Bridge all the more difficult. Pastore managed to dribble between several Chelsea defenders, take an off-balance shot from a tight angle and somehow beat Petr Cech at the near-post, as the keeper was as surprised as anyone else in the stadium that Pastore snapped off that quick a shot.
Watch and enjoy, via Live Football on Twitter:
Goal of the Night: We reckon this solo effort from Javier Pastore http://t.co/yI9rUrXzNs— LiveFootball (@livefootball) April 2, 2014
Jose Mourinho was certainly left livid after that goal, as James Olley of the London Evening Standard passed along:
Mourinho: "The third goal is a joke. It is not a goal, it is a joke."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 2, 2014
It was a day of brilliant finishing from PSG. Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring in the third minute, as John Terry's attempted clearance only made it as far as Lavezzi in the box. The forward didn't disappoint, contorting his body to rip a half-volley into the top of the netting.
The hosts gave Chelsea an equaliser in the 27th minute, however. Thiago Silva's foul on Oscar in the box gave the Blues a penalty, and Eden Hazard calmly stepped up and notched home the goal.
But a rough stretch for David Luiz in the 60th minute put the Parisians back on top. The holding midfielder fouled Blaise Matuidi on the left wing, setting up PSG with a dangerous free kick. The ball was swung into the dangerous area between Cech and the Chelsea defense and took a bounce off of Luis, resulting in a goal.
It looked as though the game would end that way, but Pastore's late brilliance gave PSG a commanding lead.
PSG won the battle, but have they lost the war? In the 66th minute, superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic had to leave the match due to injury. If he can't go next week in the second leg, it will certainly be a major blow for PSG.
Of course, with a two-goal advantage, it might not matter at all.
In the other match, Real Madrid raced out to a 3-0 lead over Borussia Dortmund, giving Los Blancos a comfortable advantage as they head to Germany next week. Dortmund was without Robert Lewandowski but it may not have mattered, as Los Blancos were buzzing from the get-go.
Gareth Bale scored the game's first goal in the third minute. After a series of quick passes, Bale scooted around a defender and toe-poked the ball home.
A Borussia Dortmund turnover set up Real Madrid's second goal in the 27th minute, as Isco ended up on the ball just outside of the box and let rip, skimming a low shot into the corner of the net. Here's how it looked, via Live Football:
Not to be left out of the proceedings, Cristiano Ronaldo scooted into the box after being played into position by Luka Modrid in the 57th minute, taking a quick touch before tapping the ball into a wide open net.
But Ronaldo went down to injury minutes later and would eventually have to leave the game in the 79th minute, a scary sign for Los Blancos. Much like PSG and Ibra, Real Madrid will be praying that Ronaldo's injury isn't serious.
One thing is for certain—neither Chelsea or Dortmund are likely to overcome these deficits. PSG and Real Madrid were the favorites coming into these ties, and certainly lived up to expectations at home. It would take quite a performance for either Chelsea or Dortmund to mount a comeback next week in the second leg of these draws.