PSG 1-1 Benfica: Report

17 March 2011 08:14
Benfica into last eight Benfica booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League by holding Paris St Germain to a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes . Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Nicolas Gaitan's away goal shortly before the half-hour mark put the Portuguese side firmly in control of the tie. Mathieu Bodmer quickly brought PSG back into the contest with a classy finish, but they never threatened another as Benfica progressed with relative ease. The aggregate victory marked an impressive turnaround in the tie for Benfica, who trailed after only 14 minutes of the first leg at the Estadio da Luz. The French side will be disappointed to go out after such an impressive start last week, but they have bigger concerns left this season than the Europa League as they battle for a place in the Champions League next season. The visitors were the first to threaten through Fabio Coentrao, who shot over from 25 yards. And they moved further clear on aggregate when Gaitan put them ahead in the 27th minute. Eduardo Salvio, who is on loan at the Lisbon club from Atletico Madrid with whom he won the competition last term, laid the ball to him and Gaitan swept it into the bottom corner from 25 yards. The Ligue 1 side gave themselves hope, though, by levelling eight minutes later. Ceara sent in a cross from the left and Bodmer crashed a volley into the top corner from the centre of the area. The hosts needed another one to take the tie to extra-time, but committing more players forward meant leaving themselves more vulnerable at the back. Oscar Cardozo fired over the top from 12 yards early in the second half before trying his luck again in the 72nd minute, this time from further out, but his shot was too high once more. The closest the hosts came to scoring again was Mamadou Sakho's header over the bar from Nene's corner 11 minutes from time as they bowed out of the competition.

PSG 1-1 Benfica: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.

Source: DSG

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