Paris Saint-Germain are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Valencia. After winning the first leg 2-1 away from home the Parisiens made a steady start to the return leg.
Valencia took the advantage on in the 55th minute when Brazilian forward Jonas profited from PSG midfielder Matuidi's mistake to pick up the loose ball and score with a fierce shot from 20 metres out for his fourth goal in three games.
PSG were saved by Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi who equalized in the 66th minute to make it 3-2 on aggregate. Paris's game was far from convincing wihout star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who missed the match due to a suspension. He will also miss the first leg of the quarter-final draw.
“We deserved to qualify over the two games although this game was more difficult than the first leg,” PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “We weren’t very relaxed in the first half and paradoxically we started to play after Valencia’s goal.”
“Zlatan is a very important player, not just for the quality but also for the character,” Ancelotti said. “The others did their best.”
PSG’s only European title was the now defunct Cup Winners Cup in 1996.