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Mikel Centre Of Attention As PSG Edge Chelsea

—Nigeria Midfielder Causes PSG Goal, Scores His Second Ever UCL Goal To Equalise

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles midfielder Mikel Obi scored a first-half equaliser as Chelsea lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg, second round tie of the UEFA Champions League at Parc Des Prince.

It was Mikel’s second Champions League goal ever.

The strike was Mikel’s sixth goal in more than 10 years at the club and the first defeat for the Nigerian playing under interim boss Guus Hiddink after 28 games.

The Nigerian also played a part in PSG’s first goal, first fouling Ibrahimovic and then deflecting the resulting freekick past his goalkeeper.

Marco Veratti had the first attempt of the game in the third minute but his shot was parried away by Thibaut Courtois.

Lucas Moura hit a long-range strike from outside the box in the fifth minute which didn’t trouble Courtois.

In the 12th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw his free-kick fly over the wall and the target.

Diego Costa came very close to putting Chelsea ahead on 22nd minute but his header was saved unto the bar and a corner by Kevin Trapp.

Branislav Ivanovic had a chance on 32nd minutes off a quick Chelsea free-kick, but could only hit his shot in the side-net.

in the 36th minute, Angel Di Maria had an opportunity to put PSG in front only to shoot wide.

Ibrahimovic finally opened the scoring on 39 minutes off a powerful free-kick which took a slight deflection off Mikel Obi.

Mikel made amends for his earlier error by restoring parity in first half added time, blasting the ball pass Trapp, off a Costa flick-on from a corner.

Chelsea almost went in front from the restart through Costa from a counter but the effort was thwarted.

Di Maria hit a long-range left-foot drive from on 52nd minute only for Courtois to tip over the bar for a corner.

In the 53rd minute, it was Ibrahimovic turn to try his luck, once again Courtois made a good save.

Courtois was called into action on 61 minutes, stopping Moura’s shot after playing a one-two with Ibrahimovic.

Ivanovic made a vital block on 64 minutes off a Blaise Matuidi strike.

In the 67th minute, Courtois had to dive full length to punch away a Di Maria free-kick.

Substitute Edison Cavani put PSG 2-1 up in the 78th minute, feeding off a Di Maria lob.

On 90 minutes Ibrahimovic’s close strike was blocked by Courtois.

And in added time, Pedro came very close to make it 2-2 but his shot hit the side-net.

The return leg comes up on Wednesday 9 March at Stamford Bridge.

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