After a brief scare, PSG beat Leverkusen 2-1 on Wednesday night. Winning 6-1 on aggregate and advancing to the Champions League Quarter-Finals.
Paris Saint-Germain survived an early fright before cruising to a 2-1 victory of German side Bayer Leverkusen in last night's Champions League second-leg. Goals from Brazilian defender Marquinhos and Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi cancelled out Sidney Sam's 6th minute header as the Parisian's won the tie 6-1 in the end.
Leverkusen boss, Sami Hyypia, knew his players had a tall mountain to climb if they were to have any chance of bringing the game back, but he asked his players to play without fear.
"I've never known such comebacks [as the one required to qualify], neither as a coach nor as a player. I will not say we're going to win 4-0 or 5-0, but let's focus on delivering a good performance, both offensively and defensively. We will play to win, and aim to play without fear and impose our game. Of course it'll be very hard to win, but our goal is at least to deliver a good performance."
His players were obviously fired up and came flying out of the blocks. After a beautiful cross from the right by Giulio Donati, Sidney Sam ghosted in at the back post and his header was placed perfectly beyond Salvatore Sirigu. The Italian 'keeper had no chance, and Leverkusen had a glimmer of hope.
PSG went straight on the offensive, and Leverkusen goalie, Bernd Leno, had to make a magnificent save with his legs as Zlatan Ibrahimovic steamed in on goal.
Just seven minutes after Sam had opened the scoring PSG were back level, and back in control. Yohan Cabaye delivered the perfect corner into the box and Marquinhos found himself completely unmarked. The Brazilian powered home and excellent header, his third Champions League goal of the season and was obviously delighted to have brought his side level.
Leverkusen did have another chance to take the lead when Christophe Jallet was adjudged to have pulled Eren Derdiyok's shirt. The referee pointed to the spot, Simon Rolfes stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his effort was weak and Sirigu was able to palm it away.
In the second half the game was wrapped up when Ezequiel Lavezzi powered home PSG's second after excellent work down the left from Lucas Digne. The Argentine forward has been in great form recently and was delighted to score his first goal in this season's Champions League, and his fourth goal in five games.
The 2-1 victory in the Parc des Princes helped PSG to a 6-1 victory on aggregate and they comfortably move on to the Quarter-Finals. They will be confident of going all the way, it all depends on who they have to face in the next round.