Thiago Silva went from zero to hero as 10-man Paris-Saint Germain booked their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday.
The Brazilian centre-back gave away a penalty with a bizarre handball six minutes into extra time, but he made amends by heading a dramatic equaliser with six minutes left to play to send PSG through on away goals, with the tie ending 3-3 on aggregate.
The visitors had been facing an uphill task when star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was controversially sent off shortly after the half-hour mark, but they got off lightly when a foul on Diego Costa in the box went unpunished.
Edinson Cavani then hit the post for PSG before Gary Cahill looked to have settled an ill-tempered tie with an 81st-minute drive, before former Chelsea man David Luiz – who had earlier elbowed Costa out of sight of the referee and feigned being headbutted in a bid to get the Spain international sent off – forced an additional 30 minutes with a bullet header five minutes later.
PSG had the momentum heading into extra time, but they were undone when Thiago Silva attempted to palm the ball clear in the box having mistimed his jump, giving Eden Hazard the chance to fire the hosts in front from the spot.
The Belgian made no mistake as he coolly converted, but Thiago Silva had the last word – looping a header over Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to stun Stamford Bridge into silence.
Jose Mourinho made one change to the side that started the first leg, with Oscar coming in for Willian, while Thiago Motta slotted into the PSG midfield having missed the home tie through injury.
Ibrahimovic saw red for recklessly lunging into a challenge on Oscar in the 31st minute, although the Sweden international did look to be trying to withdraw from the tackle when contact was made.Jiji.ng the cheapest online shopping in Nigeria.
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