March 7 at 1:50 pm
PSG 1 – 1 Valencia (PSG win on 3-2 aggregate)
Valencia: Jonas 55′
PSG: Lavezzi 66′
A brave Valencia was just one goal away from playing extra time at the Parc des Princes last night, as they drew 1-1 against Paris Saint Germain. The Ches practically dominated the game; however they were not able to convert the few chances they had chances into goals, which in the end made them crash out – with their heads held up high – of the Champions League.
A draw, or even a 0-1 loss would have been enough for PSG to go through, and it showed. While Valencia was putting pressure on Ancelotti’s men, PSG were trying to defend their first leg lead. Valencia showed a better version of themselves than they did in Mestalla.
The two goals of the whole game came in the second half, the first from Valencia’s Jonas in the 55th minute of the game when he blasted the ball from the edge of the box, making it Jonas’ fifth goal in the Champions League, eighth goal in 15 games.
PSG’s goal came just over 10 minutes later, a sloppy goal thanks to Parejo losing the ball, Ezequiel Lavezzi’s shot got a deflection, Guaita wasn’t able to hold onto the ball and eventually the Argentine forward found the back of the net. He was given a yellow card for taking off his shirt during the goal celebration.
The 1-1 draw didn’t dampen Ernesto Valverde’s men’s spirits, because they knew one more goal would mean extra time. However it wasn’t meant to be, Valencia have ended their run in Europe’s top flight competition but in the best way possible.
Speaking after the match, Valencia’s manager Ernesto Valverde said that his team “had hopes of going through” and that “it was difficult, but we had hopes of scoring a goal, and leaving the rival unstable”. Speaking to Digital Plus he also said that “There goal made them focus more, because in either case, we still needed at least one more goal” he mentioned the lack of clarity his team had towards the opponent’s goal.
He finished on a positive note “We lacked clarity in the final stages, but at least we tried. We’re a bit affected, but we are aware that the team played well and they put up a fight, we leave with our heads held up high, but eliminated”.
PSG’s manager Carlo Ancelotti said that his team deserved to pass. “Seeing what we have seen, we derserved to qualify. Today has been moe difficult than the first leg”.
“For us it’s a great result” he said, but he admitted that the Valencia goal made them nervous, as it opened up the match.
PSG are still opting for the treble League, Cup and Champions League.