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Champions League last-16 second-leg ties

Full-time: Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Benfica (1-3 on aggregate)

Full-time: Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain (2-4 on aggregate)

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Adrien Rabiot and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both netted for PSG during their decisive second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge Getty

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For the second season in succession, Chelsea's Champions League hopes are ended by PSG at the last-16 stage. Costa's first-half equaliser certainly gave them hope, but that Ibrahimovic volley totally finished the tie as a competitive contest and the French champions now join Real Madrid, Wolfsburg and Benfica in the quarter-finals.

10th in the Premier League, the Blues' season now rests on that FA Cup quarter-final against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Hiddink will be desperately hoping that those injuries sustained by Costa and Hazard are not serious.

Chelsea are out of the Champions League


Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain (PSG win 4-2 on aggregate)

A late card for Ivanovic as he barges into Motta while jostling for position at a free-kick.

Two minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.

PSG are keeping possession efficiently now as they stroll towards the quarter-finals.

Matuidi, who has looked unusually off the pace tonight after returning from a thigh strain, finally has his name taken.

He is then swiftly replaced by right-back Gregory van der Wiel.

Cavani's first contribution is to be sent through on goal by Pastore, but the offside flag is raised as he shoots at Courtois.

A tame effort from the otherwise anonymous Traore is then easily held by Trapp.

A wild effort from Pedro is sliced high over the bar. Di Maria then receives a hearty round of applause from the gleeful travelling supporters as he is withdrawn and replaced by Cavani.

A lovely one-two from Maxwell and Di Maria leads to a cross towards Ibrahimovic that is nearly turned into his own net by Ivanovic. Luckily for him, Courtois is alert to block.

Hazard walks straight down the tunnel, which will be a big concern ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final trip to Everton this weekend.

Blanc has also made his first change, with Javier Pastore replacing Lucas.

More bad news for Hiddink as Hazard follows Costa in making it clear that he needs to be substituted.

Oscar comes on in his place.

A nice landmark for Ibrahimovic, who has also scored in back-to-back knockout Champions League fixtures for the first time in his illustrious career. The 34-year-old has often been accused of failing to perform to his best against English teams in the past, but that certainly has not been the case this term.


That should just about wrap things up for PSG. After Di Maria's overhit pass towards Rabiot is returned brilliantly by Motta, the Argentine picks out Ibrahimovic to volley emphatically beyond Courtois from close range.

Surely no coming back now for Chelsea, who need to score three times in the final 20 minutes to reach the quarter-final stage.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Goal: Chelsea 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

Trapp to the rescue for PSG as the German goalkeeper produces a fine double save to thwart both Willian and Hazard in quick succession.

A neat pass from Rabiot looks to set Ibrahimovic free, but a heavy touch leads to him being forced out by a combination of Ivanovic and Courtois.

Chelsea will already have been concerned by a brief moment of limping from Hazard a few minutes ago, but now their worries are increased tenfold as Costa sinks to the turf with an apparent muscle injury and immediately signals that he needs to come off.

Hiddink wastes no time in sending on 20-year-old Burkina Faso international Traore, who has scored four goals since January.

A sumptuous flick from Hazard picks out Costa, who lobs Trapp after being whistled for offside.

Maxwell then tries to find Lucas with a searching left-wing cross but Courtois confidently claims.

Chelsea continue to probe patiently, but they are yet to test Trapp since the break.

Anger from the stands as referee Brych fails to penalise Matuidi for blocking off Willian on the edge of his own penalty area.

Mikel is then deservedly booked for scything down the tricky Lucas.

Both sides look to work an opening. Willian shows an impressive burst of pace to advance down the left wing after an enticing pass from Hazard, but Costa's shot is then blocked by Thiago Silva.

Azpilicueta tries his luck but his effort is also deflected.

The second half is now off and running. Can Chelsea find the goal they need to force extra-time? Another for PSG would surely all but kill off the tie.

You wonder what a certain Mourinho would have to say about this particular renaissance...



Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain (PSG lead 3-2 on aggregate)

For all their obvious attacking quality, PSG do not have to concern themselves with a lot of defending in their domestic outings and that is showing just at the moment.

Trapp spills a long-range drive from Costa but Thiago Silva is able to clear the danger.

A moment of controversy now as Fabregas is booked for a high foot on Motta. Replays show that the Italian's boot made contact with his opponent's chest, which could have led to a second card of his own.

The yellow cards are beginning to flow now after that early period of leniency, with Motta the second PSG midfielder to be cautioned for bringing down Fabregas.

Once again the Parisians are caught in possession in a dangerous area after a successful tackle from Mikel, but Costa is challenged before Hazard bends a shot into the arms of Trapp.

It's frantic stuff just at the moment as some nice build-up play from PSG involving Lucas and Di Maria leads to a blocked Ibrahimovic cross.

Chelsea then break quickly as Rabiot cuts out Willian's delivery before Pedro tees up compatriot Fabregas, who drags a shot wide of Trapp's right-hand post.

PSG have the chance to restore their lead as Lucas' cross picks out Ibrahimovic, but his header is powered straight at Thibaut Courtois.

Rabiot is then finally cautioned for bringing down Costa as he looked to charge beyond the French midfielder.

The referee is taking a very relaxed and lenient approach to this high-profile encounter, with Rabiot and Costa the latest players to somehow avoid yellow cards.

Di Maria goes down in pain after Fabregas treads on his foot.

Spot the fraud? A hint of complacency from PSG as Motta is caught in possession by the energetic Pedro, who then exchanges passes with Willian.

The ball eventually arrives at the feet of Costa and he turns inside Thiago Silva before rifling a low left-footed shot into the back of the net.

Game on.

Diego Costa

Goal: Chelsea 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Diego Costa)

Cahill produces a long header forward and Costa, who came from an offside position, collects possession before scooping an attempted lob harmlessly over the crossbar.

Thiago Silva and David Luiz will have been relieved to see the flag raised there as neither man looked likely to take control of the situation.

Chelsea look to hit back quickly as Hazard easily turns David Luiz before seeing a powerful drive blocked by Maxwell. The hosts now need to score twice just to take this game to extra-time.

Horrific defending from Chelsea and PSG take an early lead as Di Maria feeds Ibrahimovic down the right channel.

The confident Swede is then left in acres of space to roll a low cross to the back post, where Rabiot ghosts in behind Azpilicueta to score with the easiest of tap-ins.

Adrien Rabiot

Goal: Chelsea 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Adrien Rabiot)

Matuidi is extremely fortunate to avoid an early caution for hauling down Pedro to stop the Spaniard's run down the right-hand flank. Willian whips in a dangerous delivery that is cleared and Hazard's cross is claimed by Trapp.

It's taken just eight minutes for Costa to ditch that face mask. At the other end, PSG force another corner as Ibrahimovic's shot is deflected behind by Cesar Azpilicueta but Chelsea clear their lines effectively.

Di Maria looking in good nick early on.

Vital defending from Ivanovic to block Angel di Maria's low effort after the former Manchester United playmaker had been teed up nicely by Lucas Moura.

Ibrahimovic then scores from the resulting corner, but the flag was already up for offside following Motta's header.

It's been a lively start at Stamford Bridge.

Early danger for PSG as a rogue defensive pass from Rabiot is intercepted by Willian. The Brazilian then feeds Costa, who steals a yard of space by turning inside David Luiz and firing a shot that is parried by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

German referee Felix Brych gets us underway in west London.

PSG ramped up the pre-match hostilities yesterday by posting a vine on their official Twitter account that featured Costa, who currently wears a facemask following a broken nose suffered in February, alongside several other famous fictional characters under the title 'spot the fraud'.

Blanc has also stressed that his players must not react to any potential provocation from the controversial striker tonight...

Despite the significant investment that has followed since their takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority back in 2011, PSG are yet to etch their name on that Champions League trophy.

They remain absolutely dominant in France, however, winning three consecutive Ligue 1 championships and currently leading nearest challengers Monaco by a whopping 23 points.

Chelsea's swift fall from grace after winning their first title in five years last season has been well-documented, although their previously wretched form has certainly improved since Hiddink replaced Mourinho for his second spell as interim manager in December.

The aforementioned draw with Stoke ended a run of three consecutive Premier League victories and left the club 10th in the top-flight and 10 points adrift of the top four with nine matches left to play.

As we touched upon earlier, Chelsea and PSG have become very familiar foes over recent seasons. They met in the quarter-finals back in 2013-14, when goals from Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba secured a 2-0 second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge that saw Jose Mourinho's side advance on away goals.

PSG got their own back last year, though, when the reigning French champions were reduced to 10 men following Ibrahimovic's dismissal for a foul on Oscar but fought back as a late header from David Luiz forced extra-time.

Away goals were to prove decisive once again as an Eden Hazard penalty was swiftly followed by a decisive finish from captain Thiago Silva.

Apologies for the delay. We've been having a few technical problems here that have hopefully now been resolved.

Still just over 20 minutes remaining until kick-off.

Chelsea vs PSG is not the only Champions League last-16 second-leg tie taking place today, of course.

In St Petersburg, Benfica have already booked their spot in the last eight courtesy of a 2-1 win against Zenit. A goal from Jonas had seen Rui Vitoria's side travel to Russia holding a slender lead, but they were pegged back at the Petrovsky Stadium courtesy of a second-half header from Hulk.

There was no need for extra-time, however, after late efforts from Nicolas Gaitan and substitute Talisca secured a 3-1 aggregate triumph.


Verratti does indeed miss out in what will come as a considerable blow to PSG's ambitions, although Matuidi starts in midfield alongside Adrien Rabiot and Thiago Motta.

Blanc rested several players for the drab goalless draw against Montpellier at the weekend, with Thiago Silva, former Chelsea maverick David Luiz and Ibrahimovic also returning to the team.

With Terry still out, Branislav Ivanovic continues to partner Gary Cahill in the heart of defence and Hiddink elects to start Kenedy ahead of Baba Rahman at left-back.

Cesc Fabregas is restored to the starting XI in place of Nemanja Matic, while Oscar and Bertrand Traore also drop to the bench in order to make way for Pedro and Costa.

PSG: Trapp, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Maxwell, Thiago Motta, Rabiot, Matuidi, Di Maria, Moura, Ibrahimovic

Substitutes: Sirigu, Augustin, Van der Wiel, Stambouli, Kurzawa, Pastore, Cavani

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

Substitutes: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy

PSG's two main fitness concerns tonight have revolved around key midfield duo Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi, who have both been sidelined of late with groin and thigh problems respectively.

While the latter is expected to play, however, manager Laurent Blanc admitted at his pre-match press conference yesterday that he would not be in a position to make a decision on Verratti's availability until after a final training session that took place at Stamford Bridge last night. Rumours today have suggested that the influential Italian may not even make the bench.

John Terry was already considered a major doubt for this tie having missed the last five games - including the first leg in Paris - with a hamstring injury sustained during a challenge with Aleksandar Mitrovic in last month's 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle.

The long-serving Chelsea skipper later confirmed his own absence yesterday with an emotional post on Instagram that read: "I'm gutted to be missing the PSG game. It's so frustrating missing any game,but these big Champions League nights at the Bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved.

"I have thrown everything at my injury trying to get back fit but sometimes you have to let the injury settle, and thankfully I'm on the mend and hope to be back soon."

Before those line-ups filter through, we know that Chelsea have Diego Costa back in contention after he was ruled out of the 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday with what has subsequently been described as a "minor tendon injury".

Fellow Spanish international Pedro is also fit again following a hamstring complaint, while Kenedy has recovered from a groin issue. Long-term absentee Kurt Zouma remains out after surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament and Radamel Falcao, who did take part in training on Monday, is ineligible having been replaced in Guus Hiddink's Champions League squad by January signing Alexandre Pato.

Good evening and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of the Champions League, where Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain square-off for the sixth time in just three seasons to determine who shall progress through to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition.

The visitors hold a narrow 2-1 aggregate advantage following the first leg at the Parc des Princes in February, with Edinson Cavani notching a late winner after John Obi Mikel's effort on the stroke of half-time had cancelled out an opener from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Kick-off tonight is at the usual time of 19.45 GMT, so stay with us throughout the evening as we provide breaking team news and confirmed line-ups in addition to live updates.