Lavezzi Excels As PSG Qualify For The Knock-Out Stage Of The Champions League


1970 PSG Man Of The Match: Ezequiel Lavezzi


Paris Saint-Germain are the through to the knock-out stages of the European Cup for the second time in the club’s history thanks to a well earned 2-0 victory in Kiev on Wednesday night.

Ezequiel Lavezzi not only netted his first goal for the club, but ended up getting a brace – one being a fantastic move where he worked in conjunction with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the other profiting from a mistake by Yevhen Khacheridi.

Zlatan came back into the fold after missing the last two domestic games due to his ban. He was aided by Nene and Lavezzi either side with the latter having a superb game. Marco Verratti also returned, anchoring the midfield, supported by the ever present Blaise Matuidi and Mohamed Sissoko completing the trio. With Christophe Jallet out and Mamadou Sakho on the bench, Thiago Siva took the captain’s armband.

The first-half was a pretty even contest over all. The first 20 minutes Les Parisiens contained the hosts well, despite not threatening themselves. Alex had a golden chance to put the French club into the lead but fluffed his line as he headed Nene’s superb ball in from the left well wide – despite being totally unmarked.

Nigerian Lukman Haruna was Dynamo’s most predominant danger and on numerous occasions he found himself cutting through the middle and having a pop at goal.

Kiev were having the better of it approaching half-time but were outdone by a superb interchange between Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic. The Argentine started the move, oozing his way through the middle before passing to Zlatan who coolly threaded the ball back to his teammate who bore in on goal and dinked the ball past Maksym Kobal. It was Lavezzi’s first goal for the club and you could see how much it meant to him.

After the break, Les Parisiens were on top and were demonstrating the better play. They were lent a massive helping hand by their opponents as a shockingly bad back pass by Khacheridi allowed Matuidi to sneak in, collect the ball and roll it across goal for Lavezzi for an easy tap in. That essentially killed the game off as a contest despite Kiev having numerous shots on goal, denied by a composed Salvatore Sirigu.

It really is a huge step in the club’s season. It has put an end to the recent wobbles and everyone affiliated with the club can take great satisfaction from this. With Porto also beating Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 on the night, the final game between ourselves and the Portuguese champions will be a straight shoot-out for who tops the group. What a real statement of intent it will be if we can achieve that.

First and foremost though, a home clash with Troyes on Saturday.

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