PSG 1 Valencia 1 (agg 3-2): Beckham celebrates from the bench as Lavezzi secures progression to the last eight
21:37 GMT, 6 March 2013
10:18 GMT, 7 March 2013
David Beckham led the celebrations as Paris Saint-Germain slugged rather than sashayed their way through to the Champions League quarter-finals after drawing with Valencia at the Parc des Princes.
It took the jolt of a fine Valencia goal from Jonas early in the second half to rouse the home side, and Ezequiel Lavezzi's equaliser secured a draw on the night and a narrow aggregate win.
It was Lavezzi's second goal of the tie after he and Javier Pastore scored in Spain three weeks ago. PSG were in full control at the Mestalla until a dramatic injury-time period saw Adil Rami pull a goal back and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off, making tonight's second leg increasingly complicated on two counts.
Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt
Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona
Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Matuidi, Chantome, Jallet (Van der Wiel 27), Motta (Gameiro 58), Lucas (Sakho 83) Moura, Lavezzi, Pastore
Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Armand, Beckham
Goal: Lavezzi 66
Valencia: Guaita, Cissokho, Barragan, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda (Banega 46), Feghouli (Piatti 63), Parejo, Facundo Costa, Jonas (Valdez 76), Soldado
Subs not used: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Canales
Booked: Ruiz, Albelda, Soldado, Parejo
Goal: Jonas 55
Referee: Milorad Mazic
Ibrahimovic was given a two-match ban
by UEFA, and the Sweden striker was certainly missed on the field for
this return leg as he watched from the stands. Without him, the home
side were toothless in the first half.
They certainly did not appear a side capable of reaching the Wembley final on May 25, but on they go.
Those looking for romance forged at
home in the story of Parisian resurgence might prefer to overlook the
fact it has been funded by overseas money, since the 2011 takeover by
the Qatar Investment Authority.
Their budget is more Champions League
than Ligue 1, and the personnel brought to the Parc des Princes over
the last two years reflects it.
The sudden wealth means tangible
success in Europe is a requisite, so winning in Spain three weeks ago
was not the achievement it might have been considered before the
takeover and more another step in the plan for growth.
PSG are unbeaten in
their last 23 European home matches now but they were clinging on at
the end as Valencia sought the goal that would have forced extra-time.
Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines
Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half
Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie
Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu
With Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti
suspended, and winger Jeremy Menez injured, manager Carlo Ancelotti –
who won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan – had a
weakened hand before kick-off.
Lucas started alongside Lavezzi in attack.
There was no room in the starting XI
for Beckham, squeezed out of central midfield by Thiago Motta and
Blaise Matuidi. The former England captain was primed on the bench but
PSG fans might have been wary that
their expensively-assembled team are prone to aberrations, such as their
league defeat to Reims at the weekend.
Jonas almost got in behind the home defence in the eighth minute but a foot in by Christophe Jallet denied him.
Valencia had a further chance when
Jonas linked up with strike partner Roberto Soldado. Salvatore Sirigu
smothered his low 15-yard shot.
Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge
Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross
Jonas sent a 20-yard shot bobbling wide, and Tino Costa cracked an ambitious effort several yards off target.
Sirigu palmed away a stinging 20-yard drive from Jonas just before the break, but it was a ball he might have caught.
From the corner that followed, Costa
struck the ball so sweetly it was missed by everyone in blue and red,
and also his team-mates as it swerved wide of the far post.
Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match
Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game
Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia
Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines
Ever Banega stepped out in place of Albelda for the second half, an attacking move by Valencia.
Jonas made the breakthrough in the 55th minute with a crashing 25-yard drive inside the left post.
Valencia had more zip about their
game, but PSG were level 11 minutes later though and it was Lavezzi who
woke the home crowd from an understandable stupor. Kevin Gameiro, on in
place of Thiago Motta, bustled through a couple of challenges before the
ball rolled kindly for his team-mate.
Vicente Guaita repelled Lavezzi's
15-yard blast but could then do nothing to prevent him tucking the ball
over the line with his knee.
Clement Chantome's 25-yard swipe drew a solid save from Guaita, with PSG on top for perhaps the first time in the match.
Valencia poured pressure on the Paris
goal in the closing minutes but they struggled to get in behind as their
campaign reached its end.