Paris St Germain surrogate Edinson Cavani, criticised by French media lacking restraint in front of goal, responded in character to acquire a 2-1 home win over Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 initial leg on Tuesday.
The Uruguay forward, who has scored usually once in Ligue 1 this year, dismissed a low pointed shot past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in a 78th notation after John Obi Mikel had cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener during a finish of a initial half.
That did not warn PSG manager Laurent Blanc, who brought Cavani on for Lucas 4 mins before he got a winner.
“I’m not usually observant it given he scored tonight, we always contend it, Eddy is a actor who can score,” Blanc told a news conference. “He was going by a tough duration so we wish it will give him his certainty back.”
PSG knocked Chelsea out on divided goals during a same theatre final year after a Blues had prevailed a prior deteriorate in a quarter-finals and have a dilemma going into a second leg.
It was Chelsea’s initial better in 13 games given Dutchman Guus Hiddink took over from a sacked Jose Mourinho though they will imagination their chances during Stamford Bridge on Mar 9.
With Chelsea’s inspirational captain John Terry ruled out with a hamstring injury, Branislav Ivanovic changed from full behind to executive counterclaim and wore a skipper’s armband.
Marco Verratti started for PSG carrying usually usually recovered from a groin injury, while Blanc chose to margin Marquinhos on a right side of counterclaim in place of a Serge Aurier, who has been dangling for scornful Blanc and several group mates.
Chelsea had a best possibility mid by a initial half when striker Diego Costa’s point-blank header was instinctively palmed on to a bar by PSG screw Kevin Trapp.
Ibrahimovic, who was sent off in London final year and picked adult a yellow label on Tuesday, pennyless a deadlock 6 mins before halftime with a low giveaway flog deflected past Courtois by a heel of Obi Mikel, who had fouled Brazilian Lucas.
But Chelsea strike behind usually before a interlude when Costa deflected a dilemma into a trail of Mikel, who tranquil a round before banishment home his initial idea in 14 months.
Lucas was transposed in a 74th notation by Cavani who had an evident impact, collecting Angel Di Maria’s ideal pass on a right and scoring with a low shot by Courtois’s legs.