Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain sensationally came from behind twice to dump Chelsea out of the Champions League on away goals after extra time as Bayern Munich also qualified for the quarter-finals with a 7-0 rout of ten-man Shakhtar Donetsk.
Held 1-1 in their last 16, first leg tie at Parc des Princes, the Parisians needed an exploit to get past Chelsea yesterday, and they achieved just that in the English capital drawing 2-2 on the night for a 3-3 aggregate scoreline to join holders Real Madrid, Bayern and Porto in the last eight.
Despite playing the last hour of normal time and 30 minutes extra time without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was sent off for a foul on Oscar, PSG dug deep to take revenge for last season’s quarter-final exit to Chelsea.
“PSG really wants to join the big leagues and I think we did that tonight,” estimated coach Laurent Blanc.
“I think this match will be a references for the club for some years.
“(Jose) Mourinho came up to congratulate me afterwards and told me that we had had two great matches. I felt a lot of respect.”
Chelsea manager Mourinho lamented his side’s inability to finish off the game at Stamford Bridge.
“We didn’t deserve to go through,” said Mourinho.
“The individual performances were not good enough and when you concede two goals from two corners it’s about lack of concentration, lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control.
“When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player more and playing at home... we couldn’t cope with that pressure.”
Ibrahimovic was sent off in the first half and PSG fell behind to a Gary Cahill goal with nine minutes remaining, only for Chelsea old boy David Luiz to take the tie to extra time with an 86th-minute header.
Thiago Silva appeared to have gifted Chelsea a place in the last eight after conceding a penalty for a handball that Eden Hazard converted, but the PSG captain scored with six minutes of the game remaining to send Blanc’s side through on away goals.