Paris: Paris Saint-Germain advanced safely into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the Parc des Princes in their last 16, second leg to take the tie 6-1 on aggregate. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg in Germany three weeks ago, the Bundesliga club took an early lead on the night through Sidney Sam, but Marquinhos equalised soon after.
Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes had a penalty saved before Ezequiel Lavezzi put PSG in front eight minutes into the second period, and the sending-off of Emre Can saw the visitors bow out with 10 men. "We prepared well for this match but were mediocre at the start," bemoaned PSG coach Laurent Blanc.
"But paradoxically the Bayer goal woke us up a bit too. PSG were clearly not brilliant tonight. I expected more, but the essential is there, we are through."