Thiago Silva lifts PSG over Chelsea into quarterfinals
Mar. 12, 2015
LONDON (AP) — Thiago Silva scored on a looping header over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 114th minute Wednesday night, lifting Paris Saint-Germain over Chelsea and into the Champions League quarterfinals.
Silva's goal tied the ill-tempered match 2-2 and knotted the aggregate score of the home-and-home series at 3-3. PSG advanced because of its 2-1 margin in away goals.
PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ejected in the 31st minute for a challenge on Oscar, and Gary Cahill put the hosts ahead in the 81st.
Former Chelsea defender David Luiz scored on a header in the 86th to force extra time, but the Blues went ahead when Eden Hazard converted a penalty kick in the 96th following a hand ball by Silva.
Silva then got the key goal with his header from about 13 yards off Thiago Motta's corner kick, lofting the ball over an outstretched arm of the 6-foot-7 Courtois.
"When we lost Ibra, our best player, you say, 'Keep it simple,'" Luiz said. "It was amazing tonight the spirit. Every single player gave everything."
Chelsea defeated PSG on away goals in the quarterfinals last year. But now the English Premier League club is out.
"Our performance was not good enough," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "They were stronger than us. They coped better than us with the pressure of the game."
And it was a contentious match.
When Luiz swung his right elbow at Diego Costa as the striker advanced on goal, the former Chelsea player went unpunished. And Chelsea's grievances grew stronger when Costa was tripped by Edison Cavani in the penalty area, having already withstood several challenges, but no spot kick was awarded.
The second half was no less stormy, and Ramires was booked for a foul on Motta, but it was PSG still looking more confident going forward despite its numerical disadvantage.
"I was surprised how calm my side was despite playing 10 against 11," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said.
Bayern Munich advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year, routing visiting Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 following a 0-0 tie in the first leg.
Shakhtar's Olexandr Kucher was ejected in the third minute by Scottish referee William Collum for tripping Mario Goetze, who was racing toward goal, the earliest red card in Champions League history.
Thomas Mueller converted the penalty kick in the fourth minute, and Jerome Boateng doubled the lead in the 34th. Goals by Franck Ribery in the 49th and Mueller in the 52nd made it 4-0, and Holger Badstuber (63rd), Robert Lewandowski (75th) and Goetze (87th) padded the margin.
Bayern also beat Basel 7-0 in 2012.
AP Sports Writer Nesha Starcevic in Munich contributed to this report.