Champions League: Wins for PSG and Benfica

Paris Saint Germain claimed a first-leg advantage over Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 tie. The French champions won 2-1 thanks to a late goal from substitute Edinson Cavani, who steered home a pass from Angel di Maria. Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring on 39 minutes with a deflected free-kick, before John Obi Mikel levelled matters on the stroke of half-time, converting from close range after sloppy defending from the hosts. Chelsea can take heart with Mikel’s strike, as meetings between the sides in the last two Champions League campaigns have been decided by away goals. The return leg at Stamford Bridge takes place on 9 March. In last night’s other game, Benfica overcame Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Jonas. It was Zenit’s first competitive game in 10 weeks following Russia’s winter break.Tonight’s action sees Roma host ten-time champions, Real Madrid, whilst Wolfsburg travel to Gent.

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