Champions League Roundup: PSG vs. Bayer Leverkusen


July 28, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi (11) dribbles the ball around DC United defender Brandon McDonald (4) during the second half at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

For Bayer Leverkusen to advance past Paris Saint German, it would have taken the game of their lives, a lot of luck, and probably a mistake from the official. Unfortunately for those who love picking the underdog, PSG won comfortably at the Parc des Princes.

Those who expected a subdued game after PSG took a 4-0 lead into the 2nd leg would be pleasantly surprised, as there was a lot of action early on. Leverkusen were first on the board after just six minutes had passed. Sidney Sam took position on the far pos tand headed past keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Just minutes later, PSG would add to their already commanding lead, and all but end the tie. After being awarded a corner, former Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye played in a ball that Marquinhos was able to connect with. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was in good position, but was unable to keep the ball from being powered into the back of the net. On 13 minutes, Leverkusen had to start from square one again.

PSG would give their home fans more to cheer about making it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Lucas Digne raced down the left flank, then centered the ball for Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentine made no mistake about the finish, officially claiming victory, and a spot in the next round of the UEFA Champions League. The goal was a special one for Lavezzi, as it was his first Champions League in over a year.

When these two sides were drawn together, PSG were the clear cut favorites. Though with Leverkusen having the first leg at home, things could have been interesting. The French giants dominated on the road, and did enough at home to advance. With the star power they have, PSG should be labeled as one of the favorites to reach the final this May.

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